Wake Up House! by Dee Lillegard

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This wide-awake collection of 34 poems reveals the essential personalities of the household objects that surround us. When the sun rises in the opening poems, its light wakes up the objects that fill a toddler's day --a chilly bathroom floor in the morning "waits to greet/two sleepy feet," a vacuum cleaner in the afternoon "Roars over carpets/ zig zag zips/sucking up fuzz/through metal lips," a rocking chair in the evening: "Rocker, rocker/dear old soul/rock, rock, rock/but do not roll!" and a night-light at bedtime "Gladly glows/because he knows/he makes things safe/for eyes to close." With vivid three-dimensional artwork, Wake Up House! is as much fun to look at as it is to listen to and is sure to be a favorite for sharing--morning, noon, and night.
 

About Dee Lillegard

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Dee Lillegard is a highly respected author of both picture books and poetry. Don Carter is an art director at a large advertising agency. This is his first book for children.
 
Published April 4, 2000 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Corners,” for example, sings “They are the reason / walls meet, / and rooms consider themselves / complete.” These homely objects are infused with gender and personality, and the illustrations bear that well.

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In a starred review, PW wrote, "The 34 brief, playful poems of this visually striking book personify a cheery yellow house and the objects within it.

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The bathroom fixtures that greet a child upon waking are wryly impartial: the mirror ""Shows what's there/ drowsy eyes/ tousled hair./ Doesn't laugh./ Doesn't care,"" while the sink is ""All mouth/ wide open,/ hollow./ Will hold water/ or--swallow."" ""Corners"" injects a hint of mystery into the...

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