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Wake up, City
Verlander, Susan.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Explores the sights and sounds of waking up in a city, from alarm clocks ringing and birds singing to sidewalks filling and jackhammers drilling.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Alarms ring, birds sing. Traffic cops twirl, street sweepers swirl! It's morning in the city! This colorful picture book brings the sounds, sights and rhythms of the busy city to life. Its zingy text and zippy pictures make it perfect for very young children as well as for children beginning to read on their own.

Awards and honors for Wake Up, City :
Bank Street College, Best Books of the Year

Author Notes

Susan Verlander is a graduate of The School of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. She has been a graphic designer for the last 20 years. She currently lives in Northern California.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

If Margaret Wise Brown and Leonard Weisgard had illustration software for the Noisy Books, they might have created these two volumes. Verlander's twin debuts include oversize, emotive typography and sleek digital graphics, and they feature one simple noun-plus-verb combination per page. Wake Up begins with blue endpapers full of "zzzs," a full-page "rring aling aling" and crowded images of urban streets and apartments: "subways rumble/ tummies grumble/ .../ newspapers appear/ morning is here!" It closes with ochre endpapers full of wide-awake, onomatopoeic sounds. Goodnight opens with the chattery endpapers in yellow, moves to a dinner bell's "ding ding ding" and pictures scenes from a farmhouse at sundown: "bats squeak/ porch swings creak/ .../ dreams appear/ nighttime is here!" It closes with twilight-blue "zzzs" as children go to bed. Verlander's zingy verbs suggest the commotion of the concrete space ("jackhammers drill") and the natural one ("fireflies zoom"), while her flattened graphics and hot colors recall J. Otto Seibold. This matched pair of books is more a design exercise than a unique effort, but it neatly chronicles everyday events in two locales. Ages 2-6. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Simple two- or three-word phrases such as "dinner bells ring" (Country) or "toast pops" (City) each appear in a band of color along the bottom of the pages, chronicling the day's ending or beginning. As the day winds down in Country, "farmers stop" and "kitchens hop." The final endpaper depicts blue Zs on a deeper-blue background. The same motif decorates the beginning endpaper of City, in which "subways rumble" and "tummies grumble." The appealing graphics, done in Adobe Illustrator, feature busy, googly eyed figures and a palette of muted yellows, blues, greens, and reds. The large, widely spaced white letters should be easy for beginning readers to grasp. The rhyming texts combine simple, familiar vocabulary with longer words that sound wonderful when read aloud. These cheery books should be popular.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.