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Waking Up Is Hard to Do

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Performed by: Neil Sedaka / Children’s lyrics by: Neil Sedaka / Illustrated by: Daniel Miyares

Rise and shine!

It’s morning time. The alarm clock’s ringing, the birds are singing. Everything’s saying: get up, get going! Breakfast is warming, school is calling. The streets are bustling, all the world is stirring.

But does it seem so hard to you? Is waking up very hard to do? Come on, sleepyhead: get out of bed! Brush your teeth. Comb your hair. The minutes are passing. Don’t be late; the school bus won’t wait!

It’s sure to be a happy day with this bright and sunny picture book and CD, with new lyrics based on the hit song by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. Daniel Miyares’s delightful art opens the eyes with its vivid colors, playful details, and adorable collection of animal characters.

And to make waking up just a little easier, there’s a CD with Neil Sedaka singing this happy song, plus two new songs with lyrics and music by Neil written especially for this CD: LIGHTNIN' JIM and SING.

Warm and friendly and full of fun, this is a musical and visual celebration of the everyday joys of home, family, and neighborhood.

Waking Up is Hard to Do was inspired by Neil Sedaka’s grandchildren and is part of a CD of the same name, which features a collection of Sedaka’s hits that were reinvented as children’s songs. The CD was a family collaboration in which Neil’s son Marc adapted four of his father’s classic songs, and Neil’s five year old grand-daughters made their recording debut as his backup vocalists.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Neil Sedaka, performer

Grammy Award–winning singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka has written more than a thousand songs and has been inducted into the Song-writers Hall of Fame, and has a star on Hollywood Boulevard. In his fifty-plus-year career, Sedaka has sold over sixty million records, but he does not rest on these laurels. He continues to write, record, and perform worldwide. His first book for children was the popular Waking Up Is Hard To Do.

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Daniel Miyares, illustrator

Daniel Miyares was born and raised in Simpsonville, SC. As a child, he loved telling stories with pictures even before he could write. He earned a BFA in illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2002 and has since worked for Hallmark Cards Inc. Daniel currently lives near Kansas City with his wife and young daughter.

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Editorial Reviews:

Publisher's Weekly

"Don't you cry and don't be blue,/ Wakin' up is hard to do," reads veteran singer-songwriter Sedaka's upbeat adaptation of the 1962 chart-topping tune, "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," which he wrote with Howard Greenfield. As in the original version, the new lyrics are repetitive, but plenty jaunty, too; there are some stumbles in logic, as when Sedaka invites readers to "Just listen to the birdies sing,/ And the flowers that await the spring." With half-lidded eyes, a young alligator struggles through his morning routine—brushing his many teeth with an oversize toothbrush, before heading downstairs for breakfast and out to the school bus, finally ready for the day ahead. Miyares's funky cartoons are peppered with fun details: during the gator family's boisterous breakfast, the text reads, "Wear a smile, don't you be blue," and while the alligator doesn't take this advice, his bacon and eggs do. Though the electric artwork tends to be quite literal, it certainly captures the brightness of a new day. Sedaka performs this song and two others on an accompanying CD. Ages 5–8. (Sept.)

School Library Journal

Grammy-award winner Sedaka has rewritten the lyrics of his 1962 and 1975 chart-topping tune to create this child-pleasing book. The alarm clock is ringing, birds are singing, breakfast is warming, and school is calling. The repeated chorus, "Wakin' up is hard to do," will allow children to chime in. There are some breaks in the rhyme pattern, but overall the lively nature of the lyrics will keep kids engaged. A young alligator moves through his morning routine of brushing his teeth with a large toothbrush, going downstairs for breakfast, and catching the school bus while still fighting the sleep in his eyes. The charming art has fun details and an adorable cast of animal characters. Family portraits in the stairway and the smile created from bacon and eggs at breakfast are pleasant extras for those who pay close attention to the illustrations. A CD includes the title track as well as two new songs: "Lightnin' Jim" and "Sing." —Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH

Yellow Brick Road (mention), November/December 2011

Here's a rollicking commentary on an experience we all know! The book comes with a CD with 3 songs by Sedaka, including the wake-up song.


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Hardcover with CD
ISBN: 978-1-936140-13-8

E-book PDF
ISBN: 978-1-60734-348-6
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Ages: All ages
Page count: 26
11 3/8 x 10 1/2

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