Synopses & Reviews
The history of rock n roll would be incomplete without the innumerable contributions of Neil Sedaka.
Sedaka began studying music at the age of nine, and later catapulted to stardom with hits such as "Oh Carol," "Calendar Girl," "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen," and especially "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do." His songs "Bad Blood" and "Laughter in the Rain" both reached #1 on the music charts.
He has written over a thousand songs, received a Grammy Award for Record of the Year for "Love Will Keep Us Together," has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In his fifty plus year career, Sedaka has sold over sixty million records. But he does not rest on these laurels: he continues to write, record, and perform worldwide. Sedaka has been married for over forty-five years to his wife, Leba, and they have two children and three grandchildren.
"'Don't you cry and don't be blue,/ Wakin' up is hard to do,' reads veteran singer-songwriter Sedaka's upbeat adaptation of the 1962 chart-topping tune, 'Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,' which he wrote with Howard Greenfield. As in the original version, the new lyrics are repetitive, but plenty jaunty, too; there are some stumbles in logic, as when Sedaka invites readers to 'Just listen to the birdies sing,/ And the flowers that await the spring.' With half-lidded eyes, a young alligator struggles through his morning routine--brushing his many teeth with an oversize toothbrush, before heading downstairs for breakfast and out to the school bus, finally ready for the day ahead. Miyares's funky cartoons are peppered with fun details: during the gator family's boisterous breakfast, the text reads, 'Wear a smile, don't you be blue,' and while the alligator doesn't take this advice, his bacon and eggs do. Though the electric artwork tends to be quite literal, it certainly captures the brightness of a new day. Sedaka performs this song and two others on an accompanying CD. Ages 5 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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A unique offering of a book and CD recorded by Neil Sedaka
, one of the most popular songs in music history becomes one of the most delightful children's books ever.
Rise and shine! It's morning time. The alarm clock's ringing, the birds are singing. Everything's saying: get up, get going! Breakfast is warming, school is calling. The street's are bustling, all the world is stirring.
It's sure to be a happy day with this bright and sunny picture book and CD, with new lyrics based on the hit song by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. Daniel Miyares's delightful art opens the eyes with its vivid colors, playful details, and adorable collection of animal characters.
And to make waking up just a little easier, there’s a CD with Neil Sedaka singing this happy song, plus two new songs with lyrics and music by Neil written especially for this CD: LIGHTNIN' JIM and SING.
Warm and friendly and full of fun, this is a musical and visual celebration of the everyday joys of home, family, and neighborhood.