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Children's Fiction Stories In Verse


by (author) Robert Heidbreder

illustrated by Marc Mongeau

Tradewind Books
Initial publish date
Mar 2012
Stories in Verse, Parents, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2012
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


Humorous rhymes that will be enjoyed by young children and parents alike.

About the authors

Robert Heidbreder was born in Illinois but now lives in British Columbia. He has enchanted children with his joyful poems and rhymes for more than two decades. A former elementary school teacher (and winner of the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence), he believes that children's love of silly and absurd combinations of words makes them natural poets. His books include Eenie Meenie Manitoba, Don't Eat Spiders, I Wished for a Unicorn, Drumheller Dinosaur Dance, Python Play, See Saw Saskatchewan, Crocodiles Say, A Sea-Wishing Day, Lickety-Split, Crocodiles Play, Shake-Awakes, Noisy Poems for a Busy Day, Black and Bittern Was Night and Song for a Summer Night.

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MARC MONGEAU is an award-winning graphic artist and illustrator.

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  • Short-listed, BC and Yukon Book Prizes - Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize

Excerpt: Shake-Awakes (by (author) Robert Heidbreder; illustrated by Marc Mongeau)

Slimy, stinky, stuffed with dread—
these poems will scare kids out of bed.
And hey, kids! You’ll fi nd poems for you
to wake up sleepy grown-ups too!
Elves, gross goo—oops!—stuff that breaks—
you'll fi nd it all in SHAKE-AWAKES!

Editorial Reviews

"The sixteeen rhyming poems that are included in this story are short and humourous. The illustrations add additional elements of comedy to the poems."

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"Humorous and imaginative watercolor illustrations add interest to [the] rhymes."

School Library Journal

"[Mongeau] bring[s] even the most familiar worst-case scenarios riotously to life with his delightfully curvilinear watercolours."

Quill & Quire

"Crash! Smash! Splishity-Splash, this poetry collection offers young readers lively verses and engaging wordplay that make early reading a thrilling practice. Heidbreder delivers parents and young children a well-crafted collection of humorous poetry that will make waking up on early mornings a laughable experience. The rhyme scheme is extremely upbeat and makes Shake-Awakes a brilliant storytime read-aloud. Further, Marc Mongeau's watercolor illustrations delightfully capture Heidbreder's imaginative verse. Each poem's paired illustration adds a whimsical feel to an incredibly enjoyable read. Readers of all ages will walk away repeating the rhyming lines of Shake-Awakes...Highly recommended."

CM Magazine

Librarian Reviews


Sleepy kids and sleepy adults get shake-awake calls in this lively, bounce-up-and-about collection of poetry. “The Toy Trolls,” “The Cabbage Scourge” and “The Sleep Bugs” will have kids leaping from their beds, while “Scuttle, Scuttle, Scuttle,” “The Stuffie News” and “The Tin Pan Band” are sure to shake sleepy-headed adults awake.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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