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Poke the hedgehog's nature was to roll into a ball when threatened. But Poke longed to laugh at danger, like his friends Ziggy the rabbit and Dash the squirrel.
He practiced hopping and running but ended up with a sore knee and a snout covered in bee stings.
Then The Mangy Mongrel, teeth bared, loomed over his friends, and only Poke could save them. What would the little hedgehog do
Ezequiel Decarli began drawing as a child. He spent entire days making up stories and filling notebooks and odd scraps of paper with real and make-believe characters.
When he grew up, the demands of life intruded, and Ezequiel put away his pens and paper. However, that love of drawing remained latent, and he finally realized his passion through a career as a graphic designer and illustrator.
Susan Robinson taught herself to read at four, wrote her first story at six, and taught the neighborhood kids at eight. A career as a classroom teacher, school librarian, and university writing instructor allowed her to share these passions with thousands of students. Being an author lets her spend lots of time reading to her grandchildren. She hopes When Poke Woke will inspire a new generation to love words. Susan lives in Delaware with her husband and two miniature Aussies.
Every child will want When Poke Woke by Susan Robinson on his or her bookshelf. Illustrator Ezequiel Decarli's darling characters bring the tale to life. Poke's facial expressions endear him to children, and the joie de vivre of Ziggy and Dash is infectious. Glowing, vibrant colors and detailed backgrounds set the scenes.
A key feature of When Poke Woke is rich language. Sophisticated vocabulary fosters discussion and contextual learning. Sound techniques of repetition, consonance, and assonance create memorable lines that slide off the tongue and invite children to join the read-aloud fun. One hundred different action verbs add nonstop excitement, but its theme of resisting peer pressure and being yourself is what makes When Poke Woke a timeless tale.
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