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Title:
In the middle of the night : poems from a wide-awake house / Laura Purdie Salas ; illustrated by Angela Matteson.
ISBN:
9781620916308
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pennsylvania : WordSong, an imprint of Highlights, 2019.

©2019
Physical Description:
33 pages : colour illustrations ; 28 cm
Abstract:
"What happens when you fall fast asleep? The objects in and around your house wake up and play! These 26 imaginative poems reveal the secret adventures that take place around you as you dream and will make you think of your boot, your basketball, and even your spaghetti in a whole new way."-- Book jacket flap.
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Summary

Summary

What do the things in your home do when you're asleep? They play, of course! In this compendium of poems by Laura Purdie Salas, everything from stuffed animals to clothing to writing utensils comes to life under the cover of night. An overdue library book searches for the perfect place to hide. A paper clip skydives with a tissue parachute. A fruit snack unrolls to create a tricky racetrack for toy cars. A hose unwinds and rolls around the yard before curling back up just before dawn. Accompanied by Angela Matteson's beautiful acrylic-on-wood illustrations, this book will spark young readers' imaginations and is a perfect choice for bedtime reading.


Author Notes

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 125 books for children, including If You Were the Moon, the award winning Can Be . . . series, and BookSpeak! Poems About Books, which was an NCTE Notable Book of Poetry and won the Nerdy Book Award for Poetry, among other honors. She lives with her family in Plymouth, Minnesota. Visit her at laurasalas.com.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Toys and inanimate objects throughout a house come to life as a child slumbers. An overdue library book sneaks from hiding place to hiding place: "I'm not in your backpack./ Or under your bed./ And you HAVE to find me-/ Ms. Teabottom said!" In the kitchen, a basketball cools off in the sink: "I/ pounded/ floor/ My/ head/ is/ sore/ I sleep in ice/ Ahhhhh/ This... feels... nice." Outside the house, the garden hose reshapes itself in the grass: "I'm a hoop. I'm a loop. I unwind and flow./ I'm a serpent skulking in shadowy glow," Matteson fills her scenes with a sense of whooshing movement and rambunctious energy, making for a fun nighttime outing. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.