Everybody in the Red Brick Building by Anne Wynter, illustrated by Oge Mora

Published by Balzer + Bray

Everybody in the Red Brick Building: Wynter, Anne, Mora, Oge:  9780062865762: Amazon.com: Books
Everybody in the Red Brick Building: Wynter, Anne, Mora, Oge:  9780062865762: Amazon.com: Books

Summary:  Everybody in the red brick building is asleep until…a baby wakes up with a loud “WaaaAAH!”  That wakes up Rahan who gets out of bed to check on his parrot.  The parrot makes a “Rraak!” sound, which gets three boys out of their sleeping bags and up for a game of flashlight tag.  And so it goes until the apartment building is a cacophony of all different sounds.  Then one by one, the sounds die down, lights turn out, people (and animals) get back into bed until…everybody in the red brick building is asleep.  32 pages; ages 3-8.

Pros:  Caldecott honoree Oge Mora brings her distinctive collage illustrations to this cumulative, circular tale that would make a perfect bedtime story and that could put her in the running for another Caldecott.

Cons:  That parrot wouldn’t last five minutes in my house.

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