Wakey Birds by Maddie Frost. Templar Books, 9781536215465, 2021
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This is such a silly story about the troubles of going to sleep–something I am sure many children (and their parents) will understand. The Wakey Birds are a group of loud little birds that seem to have trouble falling asleep at night. While all the other jungle animals are dozing off, the Wakey Birds are fidgety. Some cannot get comfortable, others have something on their minds, while some are just itchy. Whatever the case, it does take them a while to go to sleep. Eventually they all roost in the trees, all except one tiny Wakey Bird. He becomes so bored being the only one awake that he begins to make some noise. Of course, this has the intended effect and all the animals in the jungle are wide awake. The only problem–the great scary beast is now awake as well. However, it turns out this beast has just the right remedy to lull everyone to sleep — a good bedtime story! In no time at all, the jungle is quiet and all animals are resting peacefully.
The illustrations in this book are perfect for a nighttime story. The background is dark blues and purples but the jungle animals, and especially the Wakey Birds, all are brightly colored. This will appeal to young readers.
Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing.
To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of two and six years old, especially if children like their stories a little on the silly side.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of two and six years old.
Where would you shelve it? Picture Book
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, adorable story and cute illustrations–perfect combination.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.
Date of review: January 21, 2021