Judith Viorst and Hillary Knight ~ Macmillian, 1968
So glad to see a lot of the vintage books I've been finding at thrift shops and looking up online are back it rotation. It warms the heart. That said, if you want to see your child get a serious case of the uncontrollable giggles, look no further than this read. My almost-five-year-old goes into utter hysterics when I pull out this book, and by the end, he's in a hyperventilating, manic state from all the laughter. The cover asks the question, "Can two boys have fun on Sunday morning when their parents want to sleep?" The answer? A gigantic, resounding YES!!!!!!!
Mother said good night and Father said tomorrow is Sunday and don't make noise and don't come in our room. We do not want to hear tie my shoes or give me breakfast or may I watch television. We do not want to hear anything until 9:45 A.M. and we'll tell you when that is.
Okay I said. See you at 9:45 A.M., whenever that is.
After a fitful night, we see the clock hit 5 A.M. and our protagonist is wide wake in bed, anxiously waiting for the day to begin. After a few pages, he enlists his little brother (my favorite part) and the reign of terror/fun begins. There's washing and dressing and brushing to be done... then eating and jumping and messing and rearranging and imagining. HUGE FUN.
The writing is Viorst at her best, and of course, the illustrations scream exuberance. Hillary Knight is so great at visualizing what a good time means. I love how the book is pictured in the lights-off silhouetted black style... so expressive... and how on the last page we see the whole family, at last, bathed white by the morning light. Very affective storytelling tool. Two thumbs up, seriously, and a couple of toes too!
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