The World Champion of Staying Awake

The World Champion of Staying Awake

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Cherry Pig, Thunderbolt the puppet mouse and Beanbag Frog refuse to go to sleep! Luckily, clever Stella has a plan...

Stella really wants to go to bed and have some rest, but her three rowdy bedtime companions - Cherry Pig, Thunderbolt the puppet mouse and Beanbag Frog - are having none of it. They are full of energy, jumping all around the place each claiming to be the World Champion of Staying Awake. But Stella is very good at thinking up ways to get them to sleep. After dazzling imaginary adventures across the sea, on a train and in a Star Ship Balloon we'll see who is really the Champion of Staying Awake.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 257 x 277 x 9mm | 495g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • chiefly col. Illustrations
  • 0744596866
  • 9780744596861
  • 1,013,835

About Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor has written more than 40 books for young readers. These include the Purple Class series of comic adventures set in an urban primary school, a collection of folktales from the Amazon called The Great Snake, a novel for teenagers called A Waste of Good Paper, and picture books such as The World Champion of Staying Awake, illustrated by Jimmy Liao and Boing!, illustrated by Bruce Ingman. He lives in Bristol with his wife and two sons. Visit Sean at

Jimmy Liao is a much published author and illustrator of children's books. His publishing credits include The Monster Who Ate Darkness and The Blue Stone: A Journey Through Life. Jimmy lives in Taiwan.
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... an optimistic idea, based on role play: little Stella becomes Mummy - with a trio of insomniac toys, whom she reads to in vain. They are pictured cavorting hyperactively and eventually she gets two down - with one to go, finally, the recalcitrant frog surrenders. It seems we have our conclusion: "So the world champion of staying awake must actually be Stella." But we turn to the last page, where the situation is reassessed in three thankful words: "Or perhaps not." -- Kate Kellaway * The Observer * A fresh take on bedtime ... Glorious illustrations capture the wonderful invention of the story. -- Julia Eccleshare * Lovereading4kids *
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236 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 25% (60)
4 36% (86)
3 32% (75)
2 5% (11)
1 2% (4)
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