When I Wake Up – Book Review


  • The Facts:  When I Wake Up, written by Ming and Joanna Liu, Illustrated by Hattie Hyder, published 2016, 24 pages, $7.99 hard cover, ISBN-13: 978-1-63177-999-2 (HB)
  • The Review:  If you’re looking for a cute and whimsical book about the many possibilities a young child can imagine for themselves during their day-to-day lives, this is the book.  Beautifully written and illustrated, each page is captivating and tells the story, which is great bonus if you have little ones (ages 0-4) or early readers who this book is geared towards.
  • I read this book with my daughter who is in Kindergarten, who upon seeing the cover of the book immediately said, “I want to read this book”, the lively cover had drawn her in.  As we moved through the pages of the book my daughter immediately identified with many of the experiences and thoughts the main character had.  Even at 5-years-old with our bedtime routine pretty well intact, when the time comes to be tucked in, she will often ask, “Mommy what will I/we do tomorrow?” and we go through and explore all of the possibilities.
  • My daughter and I enjoyed reading this book together especially since questioning and exploring possibilities and ideas is a large part of where my daughter is in her growth and development process.  The many ideas; painting, tea parties, cooking with mommy, playing pirates with friends outside, bubbles and balloons, are all fun possibilities to explore and do with your little ones.
  • Bottom Line:  This book was fantastic with a great added lesson of knowing that anything you can imagine is possible and the more you imagine the more you can do.  In my opinion, if couched the right way this gives a child even more reason to go to bed, only to wake up the next day and live out those imaginings and dreams. If you haven’t already picked up your copy of “When I Wake Up” do it today. Check out:  @wheniwakeup_mommy on IG

Lia World Traveler

Lia World Traveler, is the quintessential every-woman, a loving wife and mother, daughter, sister, friend, author/singer/song-writer, movie and book buff, DIY loc’d naturalista, food lover, sports and fitness enthusiast, news junkie, traveling fool, diplomat, diversity/social inclusion advocate, and life-time learner. In both her work and private lives, Lia has seen a lot and done a lot and through her writing; she shares her adventures and insights with you in her blog Life As I See It.