A rooster who just wants to sleep in gets a little help from a friend in this laugh-out-loud picture book from New Yorker artist Mike Twohy.
Rupert the rooster knows that every morning when the sun comes up he must cock-a-doodle-do—no matter what. But Rupert is terrible at waking up! And even worse, he can never, ever sleep in. Life just isn’t fair. When his friend Sherman the Sheep volunteers for the job, everything is perfect. Or is it?
Twohy (Outfoxed) starts with a simple barnyard premise Rupert the rooster objects to having to wake up early every morning and follows it to its catastrophic conclusion, firing up the pages with plenty of physical comedy. After Rupert's friend Sherman the sheep offers to take on the waking-up duties, Rupert prepares for a luxurious late morning. Instead, the entire farm is awakened in the middle of the night by a mighty chorus of sheep, recruited by Sherman to augment his own feeble baaing. Chaos ensues as the farmer's children droop like zombies at the bus stop, and "the cows walked right past the milking barn, clomped into the kitchen, and ate all the pancakes!" Extra laughs come from Twohy's focus on his characters' neuroses. Rupert whines, "I need a lot more rest than most roosters," and, in a psychologically nuanced plot twist, Sherman wakes up early because he dreams that the sun is already up and he's overslept. A predictable ending doesn't detract from the energy of Twohy's story, which will easily rouse restless readaloud listeners. Ages 4 8.