Kids still not up? Still sound asleep? Snoozing rug-bugs in a heap. Time to do whatever it takes. Read aloud from... SHAKE AWAKES! Slimy, Stinky, stuffed with dread? these poems will scare kids out of bed! But, hey, kids, there are poems for you, to wake up sleepy grown-ups too! Elves, Green goo?oops! “stuff that breaks?you'll find them all in... SHAKE AWAKES! Sleepy kids and sleepy adults get shake-awake calls in Shake Awakes, a lively, bounce-up-and-about collection of poetry. Toy Trolls, The Cabbage Scourge, and Sleep Bugs will have kids leaping from their beds, while A Bloated Rat, Flying Stuffies and The Tin Pan Band are sure to shake sleepy-head adults awake.
A retired primary teacher and recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence, Robert Heidbreder has been enchanting children with his joyful poems and rhymes for more than two decades. His A Sea-Wishing Day won the BC Book Prize in 2008 and his Drumheller Dinosaur Dance, won the BC Chocolate Lily Young Readers? Choice Award in 2005. He has written over 11 books for children. Robert lives in North Vancouver, BC.
"Some of Heidbreder's ideas, like the tin pan band and the bed as trampoline, are a bit worn, but illustrator Marc Mongeau does his best to bring even the most familiar worst-case scenarios riotously to life with his delightfully curvilinear watercolours. Given the drastic measures described, one assumes the book's "instructions" are not meant to be taken literally. Heidbreder's rhymes, rather, can be approached as miniplays with parent and child taking turns reading to each other as they act out their good natured revenge."- Quill & Quire
"Robert Heidbreder's Shake-Awakes provides parents and children with entertainingly playful rhyming song to assist with the process of getting out of bed in the morning. . . . Readers of all ages will walk away repeating the rhyming lines of Shake-Awakes. I highly recommend Heidbreder's poetry book for school and public library collections." - CM Magazine