IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT Poems from a Wide-Awake House - A Perfect Choice for Bedtime Reading this Poetry Month

Honesdale, Pennsylvania March 2019 –  What do the things in your home do when you’re asleep? They play, of course! Discover Laura Purdie Salas’s IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT Poems from a Wide-Awake House, where everything from stuffed animals to clothing to writing utensils comes to life under the cover of night.   Accompanied by beautiful acrylic-on-wood illustrations by Angela Matteson, the poetry picture book will be available this month from WordSong, the poetry imprint of Highlights. 

Imagination rules in this collection of 26 poems! An overdue library book searches for the perfect place to hide. A paper clip skydives with a tissue parachute. A fruit snack unrolls to create a tricky racetrack for toy cars. A hose unwinds and rolls around the yard before curling back up just before dawn.  This title will spark young readers’ creativities and is a perfect choice for bedtime reading. 

Kirkus Reviews says: “Cheery and energetic… Matteson’s paintings…evoke the nighttime setting. Familiar objects, playful language, and imaginative action add up to a collection that will amuse young listeners and, perhaps, inspire them to undertake imaginative explorations of their own.”

And Publishers Weekly adds: “Toys and inanimate objects throughout a house come to life as a child slumbers…Matteson fills her scenes with a sense of whooshing movement and rambunctious energy, making for a fun nighttime outing.”

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT Poems from a Wide-Awake House

WordSong * Written by Laura Purdie Salas * Illustrated by Angela Matteson * Publication date March 2019

978-1-62091-630-8* $17.95 U.S./$23.95 CAN * Poetry * Ages 4 - 8 * Grades PreK - 3 * * *

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