WAKE UP, WILLIAM! by Anita Riggio


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In an almost wordless picture book (save the reiterated title, plus ""William won't wake up!""), a small boy pretends to sleep, standing, while siblings and pets try vainly to wake him. Before the story begins, William has shared his plan with the reader, with a sly wink and shushing finger. An ice-cream cone proffered by a smaller child is the first incentive, followed by ice, a smelly fish, and various forms of slapstick and din involving big sister, dog, and cat. Of course, when they all give up, William bursts forth with a terrifying leap--and then the whole crew plots the same trick on Dad. A slight story, but Riggio's clever pencil catches every nuance of expression with the simplest of line; the family dynamics are truly funny and true to life.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1987
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Atheneum