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Wake Up, Henry Rooster!

by (author) Margriet Ruurs

illustrated by Sean Cassidy

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
May 2006
Recommended Age
5 to 8
Recommended Grade
k to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2006
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On the long list for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration 2007

ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Bronze Award (Children's Picture Book category)

Shortlisted for the Blue Spruce Award 2007

Chocolate Lily nominee 2007-2008

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007

He's no morning rooster!

Henry's a young rooster who loves to have fun. He plays cards with the goats, listens to moosic with the cows, and pops corn with the pigs. After a long night of fun, however, Henry just can't get up early in the morning. His mom insists
he's not lazy; Henry just isn't a morning rooster. But Henry's father is off to a convention for a week - guess who must take his place and crow the sun up each morning?

Poor Henry. He's just not cut out for this crowing business. But if he doesn't find a way to make it to work on time, the sun won't rise when it's supposed to, the farmer and his wife will be late, and all the farm chores won't get done. They're all depending on Henry. Will he learn to be a morning rooster after all?

About the authors

Margriet Ruurs is the award-winning author of forty books for children. Passionate about literacy, she writes children's and educational materials and conducts author visits and writing workshops at international schools around the world. Her picture book biography A Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison won the Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtables Information Book Award and the Crystal Kite Award, and was nominated for several others. Born in the Netherlands, Margriet raised her family in the Yukon, Canada. Today, when she isn't travelling, she runs a booklover's bed and breakfast on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia.


Margriet Ruurs' profile page

Sean Cassidy has written and illustrated a number of titles, including Wake up, Henry Rooster, Gummytoes, a Blue Spruce Award nominee, and Good to be Small, which won the Mr. Christie's Book Award Silver Seal. The Chicken Cat, which marked his debut as a picture book illustrator won both the Mr. Christie's Book Award Gold Seal and the Ruth Schwartz Award. Sean lives near Orangeville, Ontario.

Sean Cassidy's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Henry's father, like many the father of teenage progeny, complains that his son stays up too late and sleeps all day. 'That boy's lazy!'. In fact, he's the very model of anyone's teenage son, and illustrator Sean Cassidy is particularly adept at conveying the traits of the breed—as well as barnyard life."
The Globe & Mail

"Wake Up, Henry Rooster, is a simply written and beautifully illustrated children's book likely to appeal to children of all ages."
curled up with a good kid's book

"The vivid images and well-paced text make this a fun read-aloud."
School Library Journal Reviews

". . . an inspiring and entertaining tale of a young rooster's ultimate acceptance of his required tasks and responsibilities."
Children's Bookwatch

"How can you not love a 32-page book with a story this strong?"
January Magazine

"I am not a morning person, so I relate very well to the story. . . The illustrations of the 'night life,' including cows dancing in pink bloomers, and the other animals are great."
The Post-Tribune

"Margriet Ruurs artfully combines an original story with illustrations from Sean Cassidy to create the fun and entertaining picture-book story of Henry the Rooster's late-night escapades. . . A welcome addition to any school or community picture-book collection."
Midwest Book Review

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