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 Wake up, Rupert!
 Author: Twohy, Mike

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
 Pub Year: 2014

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 26 x 29 cm.

 BTSB No: 896050 ISBN: 9781442459984
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Roosters -- Fiction
 Sheep -- Fiction
 Farm life -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Rupert the rooster is tired from rising early to wake everyone on the farm up. Will his friend Sherman the sheep be able to do the job?

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.50
   Points: .5   Quiz: 165524
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 3.20
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 62990

   Kirkus Reviews (12/01/13)
   School Library Journal (03/01/14)
   Booklist (02/01/14)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 02/01/2014 Rupert the rooster is just not a morning person. He doesn’t think it’s fair that he has to get up before everyone else, and who can blame him? Certainly not his pal Sherman the sheep, who volunteers to take over Rupert’s job. Unfortunately, Sherman is so stressed out about getting up early that he bolts awake in the middle of the night and enlists his whole herd to holler out BAABA-BAABA-BA-A-A-A-AH! Everyone awakens with a jolt, and the farmer’s family and animals all attempt to go through their morning routines, half asleep and in the dark. Pure chaos ensues: the cows are in the kitchen, the farmer is in the horse trough, and it’s all Rupert’s fault. Sharp-lined, cartoonish ink drawings with lots of color complement the action-packed text. It seems a shame that Rupert is the only man for the job, due solely to his species, but he resumes his duties cheerfully and with a newfound sense of responsibility. Combine this with Bawk and Roll (2012), by Tammi Sauer and Ethan Long’s Pig Has a Plan (2012) for a lively farm-themed storytime. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 03/01/2014 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 - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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