In the Middle of the Night:
Poems from a Wide-Awake House
Twenty-six poems share the wild adventures of toys, food, and other household objects at night while you sleep.
Everything from stuffed animals to clothing to writing utensils comes to life under the cover of night. 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. Come sneak away for some moonlit adventures!
Author: Laura Purdie Salas
Illustrator: Angela Matteson
Publisher: Wordsong (3/12/19)
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Review: School Library Journal: “Each poem addresses a different item’s adventure and the poems range in style: rhyming, free verse, acrostic, two-voice poems, concrete poems, and more. Matteson’s whimsical illustrations channel the playful tone of the author’s words. The artist utilizes brushstrokes and movement lines to emphasize the playful nature of each character while Salas explores emotions, reactions, and inner thoughts of seemingly everyday items. Children can enjoy this title on their own, but it also can be used to illustrate poetic devices and styles.”
Review: Kirkus: “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...Initial poems come from the perspective of brightly colored animal toys, stuffed and otherwise, who are ready for a raucous night of play after their human child falls asleep. Art supplies, an errant library book, items of clothing, and even a toilet, among other things, offer their points of view in the pages that follow…the feel overall is cheery and energetic.”
Review: Publishers Weekly: “Matteson fills her scenes with a sense of whooshing movement and rambunctious energy, making for a fun nighttime outing.”
Mile High Reading: With Dylan Teut, I discuss my writing process and where I find ideas
Reflections on the Teche: Margaret Simon shares some beautiful and vengeful night poems written by her and her students
A Year of Reading: Mary Lee Hahn reviews the book and shares a charming doll story
Check It Out: With Jone MacCulloch, I talk about research, number of poems, and writing challenges
Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme: Matt Forrest Esenwine interviews my sometimes disgruntled furniture and office equipment
Great Kid Books: With Mary Ann Scheuer, I share my writing process, my writing space, and my own Tommy Turtle
Simply 7 Interview: I chat with Jena Benton about how I became a writer and one book illustration that wasn’t what I expected
My Juicy Little Universe: Heidi Mordhorst examines the language in the book from an educator’s point of view and shares several interior images/poems
Live Your Poem: Irene Latham and I talk about the difficult, the delicious, and the unexpected of this book
Reading to the Core: Catherine shares awesome poems by 4th graders
KidLit Frenzy: Alyson Beecher shares a review plus her own misgivings about poetry
Beyond LiteracyLink: Carol Varsalona discusses the language, illustrations, and ideas in this book in a beautiful review
Review: Stacked Books: “[T]his book will spark young readers’ imaginations and is a perfect choice for bedtime reading.”
Review: Write Time (Linda Kulp Trout): “The poems are imaginative and full of wonder…Laura’s poems will inspire young readers to look around their bedrooms and create their own “night’ poems!