A simple goodnight routine turns marvelously madcap in this cleverly rhymed picture book from bestselling children's book author and lead singer/songwriter of The Decemberists, Colin Meloy. Instead of settling down to sleep, Dad bakes bread, Mom fixes the roof, and Grandma plays cards with a ghost. And between the dog, the cat, Sister, and Brother, there's at least three different wars being waged!

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A modern classic perfect for read-aloud fun and bedtime alike.

Praise for Everyone's Awake

“At once a long-lost classic and something wholly contemporary. A distinctive, wondrous thing.” 

—LANE SMITH, winner of the Caldecott Honor for Grandpa Green

and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

“Crazy. Funny. Lyrical. Perfectly wildly beautiful. You won't be able to stop yourself from singing this aloud. A real gem of picture book joy.”

—JON SCIESZKA, First Ambassador for Children’s Literature and bestselling author of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

“This frantic and curious book kept me up all night—but I suppose that was the idea.”

—LEMONY SNICKET, New York Times bestselling author of A Series of Unfortunate Events

“This book is a contemporary read-aloud classic. It's my new go-to for just about any situation, a picture book that works as well at bedtime as it does in front of a rowdy classroom. I'm mad I didn't write it.”

—MAC BARNETT, New York Times bestselling author and two-time winner of the E.B. White Read Aloud Award

“This book is glorious. Rhythmic, clever, intelligent, beautiful, inventive and funny. It pulls you along and picks up speed as you go. . . This book is an absolute delight.”

—CORINNA LUYKEN, author and illustrator of The Book of Mistakes and My Heart

“Finishing this lovely book was like waking up from a hilarious, whimsical dream and remembering only the most delightful parts of it.” 

—LIZ CLIMO, international bestselling author and illustrator of The Little World of Liz Climo

“It’s like reading a Decemberists album! Meloy delights with a panoply of arcane language. Words like 'panoply' which I also learned from him. And Harris throws us headlong into a delightful free-for-all of mischief and whimsy. A really fun ride.” 

—BOB SHEA, author of Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great and Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime

“While one child tries to sleep, the rest of the family is up and awake. Whether Brother's juggling the plates or Mom's tap dancing to Prince, it's a house full of folks who will never slow down, at least until morning! A dazzling palette that combines joyous text and clever details, this is a picture book to share and to pore over for hours. What a treat!” 

—CATHY BERNER, Children’s Specialist and Events Coordinator, Blue Willow Books

“Every child knows that the best things happen at night, even though their parents insist that they must go to sleep. You would want to stay up in the wild, rollicking house that Colin Meloy and Shawn Harris have imagined too! But all that staying awake is pretty exhausting. . .”  

—KATE BEATON, award-winning creator of Hark! A Vagrant and The Princess and the Pony

About the Authors

COLIN MELOY is the lead singer and songwriter of The Decemberists, and the author of several children's books, including the New York Times bestselling Wildwood series. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

SHAWN HARRIS is an artist and musician who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the illustrator of several award-winning children's books including Her Right Foot and What Can a Citizen Do?


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