Time to Get Up

Susan Hellard, Author Putnam Publishing Group $12.95 (22p) ISBN 978-0-399-21948-1
This lift-the-flap tale of morning rituals in a house inhabited by various animals begins on the front cover, as a rooster wakes to an alarm clock. The cock dashes downstairs, combing his comb, and announces, ``It's eight o'clock, time to get up.'' Various responses ensue on full-page spreads, including a picture of a bed with ```I want to sleep''' facing a quilt/flap that when lifted, reveals the words ``said the sheep,'' and a sheep in curlers. The animals create havoc as the rooster helps them get ready to leave the house. After the animals have gone and the havoc has subsided, the rooster sits quietly with baby duck and says ``What a treat, now I can eat.'' Though the watercolors are sometimes muddy and the style a bit too free, the illustrations provide a proper feeling of frenzy. Creative layout and use of flaps along with a clever depiction of the morning rush combine to make this an amusing read that even parents will not quickly tire of. Ages 3-6. ( Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/01/1990
Release date: 03/01/1990
Genre: Children's
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