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Hey! Wake Up! (2000): Broccoli Stew!

Sandra Boynton, Hey! Wake Up! (Workman Publishing, 2000)

photo credit: Barnes and Noble

Warning: do not read to your child at bedtime.

Another fun-if-not-quite-classic Boynton that plays with big/little and differences in personal taste (the hippo is definitely not fond of the rabbit’s broccoli stew—hey, I’d eat it!). The illustrations are of course phenomenal, the rhymes are solid and scan perfectly (which I’m noticing is actually pretty rare in pre-lit; see reviews elsewhere this ish of Follow the Bunny and Nighty-Night for examples of weird missteps in that department), and it’s as enjoyable as anything else she’s done, but it doesn’t quite have that indefinable “grab” that has made Pajama Time! and Hippos Go Berserk! and Blue Hat, Green Hat bedtime classics at Goat Central. But it’s still in the rotation, and the kid likes it. *** ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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