Wake Up, Rupert!

Wake Up, Rupert! illus. by Mike Twohy. 32p. S & S/Paula Wiseman. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781442459984. LC 2012047857.
PreS-Gr 2—Rupert the rooster is not an early bird. His friend, Sherman the sheep, offers to fill in for him and "cock-a-doodle-doo" in the morning. When Sherman awakes in the middle of the night and thinks it is the morning, he doesn't want to disappoint his pal. Fearing his call wasn't loud enough, he brings in a flock of sheep as reinforcements and the deafening blast of "BAAB-BAABA-BA-A-A" wakes up everyone on the farm. Soon, bleary-eyed children are waiting for the school bus in the dark, Farmer Tim is knocked over by animals who can't see him, and the cows wind up gobbling all the pancakes in the kitchen. Surveying the chaos, Rupert realizes that "Waking everybody up is a special job. And it's MY job." New Yorker artist Twohy's ink and felt pen cartoons show Rupert's comical antics, from setting six alarm clocks to bolting upright in bed with fuzzy slippers and a sleep cap tied over his ears. With superb pacing and laugh-out-loud illustrations, this book is something to crow about.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Farm rooster Rupert dislikes waking up early to crow his obligatory "Cock-a-doodle-doo!" ("he had a terrible time waking himself up"). His well-meaning sheep friend, Sherman, takes over the job with chaotic results: he wakens the farmer's family and the barnyard animals in the middle of the night. New Yorker cartoonist Twohy's energetic felt-pen-and-ink vignettes do the mayhem justice.

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