Published: 1993 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:
If you didn’t know, I LOVE Judith Viorst’s books!
In a round about way this book is about time, a unique concept not often found in children’s picture books.
I love how the two little boys – Anthony and Nicky – do the complete opposite of what their parent tell them to do.
When their parents get home late from an evening out, all they want is to sleep in until 9:45 a.m. . Do you think the boys listen?!
It seems like Anthony wakes up at the crack of dawn, and like most children (or at least the ones I know) from the moment they’re little eyes pop open they are on the go. Little hyperactive balls of energy they are.
Anthony is the first of the two boys to wake up. So he makes it his own, personal mission to wake up Nicky. And he tries making an array of sound, poking him, and finally yelling.
With Nicky awake, the real fun begins.
They take care of many morning chores, so in a way they’re helping their parents. They change out of their pajamas, they wash their faces (and get water … everywhere), the rearrange the living room furniture to look like a raging ocean, they make breakfast, and they even hang their mother’s clothes up (that is after they use them to wipe up the spilled milk from breakfast.)
So in reality, the boys aren’t making a mess (as it would appear), but they’re being helpful.
I love how the parents respond to all the ruckus is to yell through the wall. It really doesn’t help.
Anthony and Nicky are typical rough-housing boys! They’re adorable.
I love the illustrations in this book. To be honest they’re one of the reasons why I picked up this book.
The illustrations are done in mostly shades of black and white with hints of blue.
I love the part of the book when the parents finally do wake up, and realize their furniture has been rearranged. Anthony and Nicky’s father stubs his toe while their mother stumbles and falls over a chair.
I love the boys’ imaginations. For instance, their living room miraculously turns into a dark, churning ocean. Just like they imagine it.
When Anthony’s parents do wake up, after stumbling and stubbing themselves, they don’t yell at their boys. Instead they embrace them, and laugh right along with the boys.
I think this shows that sometimes we adults need to use our imaginations more. Why? Because it’s fun!
The writing, as I knew it would be, is solid, and really brings the story to life.
Adults and children’s won’t only love, but will really appreciate this show.