Kids — and parents — will relate to ‘Are You Awake?’


“ARE YOU AWAKE?” by Sophie Blackall, Henry Holt and Co., May 24, 2011, $12.99 (ages 4-8)

“Mom. Mom. Mommy. Momarino. Mommy. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom.”


“Love you.”

This familiar conversation similarly plays out in Sophie Blackall’s “Are You Awake?”

Edward can’t sleep. And like most kids that can’t sleep, he’s got lots of questions he wants answered, even if that means waking up Mom. What follows is a series of often-humorous questions that most parents can identify with.

“Are You Awake?” should be part of Kids 101. I showed it to my husband and his eyes got very big. “That’s not really the way it is? Is it?” he asked. “No not at all,” I said with a grin. “When we have kids, all the questions will be for Dad.”

Beautiful illustrations add to the humor and tenderness of this book’s exchange. In “Are You Awake?” parents and children alike will find what is likely to become a bedtime favorite.

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About Author

Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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