Waking Up Wendell

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Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Fun, friendly look at neighbors' wake-up routines.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that everyone will identify with these reluctant early risers! There is nothing offensive about this book.

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Adult Written byBodieJ May 12, 2017


So innapropreate I read this book and it talked about vine, 13 Reasons Why and COD. It gives examples of reasons not to be savage I do not recommend this book.... Continue reading
Adult Written byMarg2 July 1, 2016

One of my all-time favorites

Adorable book to read babies through early readers. Beautiful funny illustrations. Read aloud together as a different noise wakes each family on Fish Streetn.

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What's the story?

A neighborhood is waking up one sunny morning.

Is it any good?

This fun and friendly book illustrates a neighborhood waking up. Each household wakes the next with the kind of domino effect that fascinates kids. While it's a rare person (or pig) who's at their best first thing in the morning, these characters are appealing in their grumbling, reluctant grogginess. Parents should be prepared to add some sound effects -- Mr. Krudwig wakes up to bird song, Leopold starts to bark, and Mrs. Musky's tea kettle whistles awake her neighbors. The neighborhood wakes up in order of their house numbers -- from #1 Fish Street to little Wendell Willamore who gives the book its title at Fish Street #10 -- making this a counting book as well as a story book. Kids can trace the book back to the start, too, since outside Wendell's window peeks the little bird who sang the street awake.

Tad Hills' colorful pictures painted with broad strokes complement the bright morning tone of the book. And the funny details throughout make this even more fun to read aloud. (The Darjeeling family with five kids tucked into their king-size bed have a book on the side table titled Whose Bed Is It Anyway? Many parents can relate!)

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  • Families can talk about their own morning routine. What is your morning routine like? Which characters in the story are most like your own family members?

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