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Everyone's Awake


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Colin Meloy is the lead singer and songwriter of The Decemberists, a highly celebrated (and uncommonly literary) band that has sold in excess of 1 million records. Colin has been recognised as much for his musical abilities - his ear for inventive and timeless melodies and his lilting vocals - as he has been for his unmatched lyrical prowess. Crafting each song as a vivid, imaginative story unto itself, he's become one of the most distinctive and appreciated voices of our time. Wildwood marks Colin's debut as children's author. He is the bestselling author of the Wildwood series of middle grade novels and The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives in California's Mojave Desert. He got his start doing record and poster art for popular musicians including 311, Snoop Dogg, and Adele. His first picture book, Her Right Foot, written by Dave Eggers, was the recipient of seven starred reviews and has received dozens of awards. His second book with Dave Eggers, What Can a Citizen Do?, was named by Time Magazine as one of The 10 Best YA and Children's Books of 2018.


[Everyone's Awake is r]ecommended for youngsters (and their grownups) who come from or enjoy observing a family with more quirks than every cast member of a Wes Anderson movie combined.-School Library Journal
Pictures are packed with details, including clever allusions to other picture books and chapter books for young readers. . . . [A] crowd-pleasing underwear joke [is] sure to crack up anyone. . . . Recommended for youngsters (and their grownups) who come from or enjoy observing a family with more quirks than every cast member of a Wes Anderson movie combined. -School Library Journal
[A] comic romp. . . . Manic though it may be, the family's live-and-let-live attitude toward its members' rule-breaking peculiarities makes this rip-roaring romp by Meloy defiantly wholesome.--Publisher's Weekly
[A]n updated riff on the 1980s favorite 'The Napping House.'. . . The exuberant nighttime household chaos, well conveyed in Harris's witty, sloppy style with thick strokes of saturated blues and blazing orange, will make many a sleep-deprived parent laugh between shouts of 'Settle down!'-The New York Times

[D]azzling. . . each new picture [is] more chaotic and eye-popping than the one before. . . . In every [spread], there's at least one frog to seek and find, a rare touch of calm amid the insomniac rowdiness of this rhyming tale for children ages 5-8-The Wall Street Journal
[With] rollicking rhymes . . . [and] exuberant page-filling illustrations (think Tomi Ungerer) . . . Meloy and Harris depict one family's anarchical bedtime routine within their lighthouse-esque domicile.-Horn Book Magazine
An energetic, insomniac romp of an anti-bedtime book. [A] rollicking read-aloud. Don't sleep on this one.--Kirkus Reviews
Meloy's musical text, always bouncing forward in Seussian rhythms, builds along with the action. It's an exercise in energetic absurdity, a busier, edgier, and more grounded take on Eric Carle's The Nonsense Show, with Harris' primary spot-colored illustrations capturing the intensity and charm. An enticing bedtime alternative.--Booklist

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