Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
In a big, big city
on a busy street
at the tipity-top of a tall building
lives a girl.
One night, after a story,
and one last sip of water,
she was getting sleepy…when out of the corner of her eye…
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The girl was no longer sleepy. Now, she was…AWAKE.
In a brilliant debut, Mags DeRoma gives us an empowered young child who is trying to solve the biggest problem she’s ever faced: how to get the spider out of her room without actually having to go near it.
With bold cut-paper art, AWAKE is sure to stay with readers for a long time.
About: Awake is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Mags Deroma. It was published on 10/19/2021 by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 40 pages. The genres are picture book, children’s fiction, and animals. This book is the author’s debut and it is intended for readers ages 4 to 8. According to the publisher’s website, “Roaring Brook Press is a publisher of high-quality literature for young readers of all ages, from toddler to teen, and in all categories: picture books, fiction, and nonfiction.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Awake for my daughter’s bedtime on 10/19/2021 and finished it that same night. We have since looked through the illustrations a few more times after that. My 10 year old son read it for my toddler again last week. A fantastic book for kids! I loved how the copyright/dedication page presented to look like a spider web. I liked the mentioned of the itsy bitsy nursery rhyme in this story. It was very fitting. The big font surrounding the girl to be brave was a plus because our first instant reaction when seeing a bug was to scream. The different ideas the girl came up to catch the spider were fun to see. I liked the lasso idea and the bubbles. The crane was a hilarious one too! The girl’s dog, Oscar, was cute. He was not only a comfort to the girl but also gave her ideas by fetching her the nursery rhymes’ book.
This book opened up to instant actions, presented with cool illustrations on the copyright page and title page. The story then began, followed a girl wearing striped pajamas. She’s at the window of her bedroom inside a tall building in a big city on top of a busy street. She was getting ready to sleep when she noticed movements from the corner of her eyes, a spider. If she was sleepy earlier, she’s wide awake by the sight of the spider. She looked around her room for something to kill it with. She tried closing her eyes hoping that it will leave. It didn’t. She thought and thought and remembered how the rain wash the spider down the water spout. She came up with a bunch of other ideas, like using a lasso or using a slingshot to catch it. Later when she caught it, she realized the spider was just an itsy bitsy and it might have been scared of her. At the end of the book, there were directions to teach young readers how to safely catch a spider.
Awake was well written and illustrated. I loved the girl’s striped pajamas. It stood out beautifully on the nighttime background. The details in the girl’s room was great. It gave me the opportunity to teach my toddler the names of different objects such as baseball, baseball bat, red shoe, lamp, etc. There was an amazing view of the city from above at night which opened out into a 4-page wide. It was breathtaking! We all experienced this situation at one point in time or another. It’s relatable and it’s an excellent read. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author and Illustrator:
Mags DeRoma is an artist and storyteller. She makes, writes, designs, draws, paints, and builds thoughtful works, many of them for a young (but discerning) audience. AWAKE is her debut picture book. (Photo obtained from the author’s Instagram account and info obtained from Macmillan’s website, Book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to MacKidsBooks for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.