Wake Up, Island

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$14.95  $13.75
University of Minnesota Press
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8.3 X 0.5 X 11.1 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Mary Casanova grew up in a camp-like atmosphere on the edge of St. Paul, with parents who regularly packed the station wagon to capacity--ten kids and the family dog--and headed "up north" to a cabin. Mary is the author of One-Dog Canoe and thirty other books. Several of them--including Moose Tracks, Wolf Shadows, When Eagles Fall, and most recently Frozen--are published by the University of Minnesota Press. These books, frequently found on state reading lists across the country, have earned countless awards such as the ALA "Notable," Parent's Choice "Gold" Award, Booklist Editor's Choice, and two Minnesota Book Awards. She lives with her husband and three dogs in a turn-of-the-century house in Ranier, Minnesota. Nick Wroblewski is an artist and printmaker specializing in handmade woodcut block prints. He prints from his home studio in the Driftless region of Wisconsin. A native of Minnesota, he enjoyed reflecting on a landscape very close to his heart while illustrating this book.


"With Mary Casanova's simple text, and Nick Wroblewski's exquisite, muted woodcuts, we have a kind of meditation on the pleasures found in the North Woods." --Star Tribune

"With simple statements and delicate woodcuts, Wake up, Island creates a vivid sense of an island coming to life on a beautiful morning. Each page is a unique work of art. Even the text stretches and dips along with the fauna and flora of the island."--Foreword Reviews

"A lovely, versatile title to be used in storytime and to supplement many classroom lessons."--School Library Journal

"A fun yet thoughtful sensory read."--Children's Book and Media Review

"What a beautiful, engaging combination--Mary Casanova's lyrical but stirring 'wake-up' language and Nick Wroblewski's handmade woodcut block prints as illustrations."--ReaderKidZ

"Wake Up, Island, with its serene narrative and gorgeous woodcut illustrations, is stunning, playful, and a truly fulfilling read."--The Picture Book Review

"This picture book intriguingly pairs the delicacy of Nick's soft-colored woodcuts with the lilting language of Mary's poem about day's dawning." --Lake Superior Magazine

"In this beautiful book, gorgeous woodcut illustrations are paired with a simple, yet lyrical and rich text to give readers a picture of what it is like to be on an island in a northwoods lake on a summer morning." --Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

"A colorful feast for the eyes that will make the magic of nature come alive for any child." --Marquette Monthly