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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Wally the Wake-Up Pup by Nicoli Carr is an adorable children’s book about a dedicated pup who eagerly spends the morning waking up his family. Wally takes his job quite seriously. Only he can ensure that the whole family gets out of bed and starts their day. He’s not the Wake-Up Pup for nothing! Starting with the cat, Wally makes his way through the house and doesn’t stop until every member of the family is awake. Not everyone is easy to wake up though. Meg is the hardest one to get out of bed and she even throws her pillow in protest while young Charlie has blocks filling his room like an obstacle course. But this won’t stop Wally!
The illustrations are lively and colorful with a vivid focus on the little details that help bring the scenes to life and maintain playfulness throughout. The humorous visuals showcase the dynamics between Wally and the family in a way that will make it easy for children of all ages to understand. The illustrations show the gentle way that Wally wakes each member, which helps to establish the love he has for them and they for him. The story ends with a delightful twist that adds a magical component. Told from Wally’s perspective, Nicoli Carr ensures that each family member has a sweet moment with Wally that shows each of their different personalities. The determination that Wally has is a perfect example of the attitude, joy, and personality of a dog. Wally the Wake-Up Pup is an energetic tale that will make children laugh and capture their hearts through sweet moments, chaotic humor, and an adorable pup.