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Waking Up is Hard to Do

Waking Up is Hard to Do

Music & Lyrics by Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield
Children's Lyrics by Neil Sedaka
Performed by Neil Sedaka
Illustrations by Daniel Miyares

Hardcover with Jacket & CD | 11 3/8 x 10-1/2 | 26 Pages | All-Color
August 2010 | Imagine
Age Range: 4 and up
Carton Quantity: HC 20
ISBN 13: 978-1-936140-13-8

$17.95 (US)


One of the most popular songs in music history becomes one of the most delightful children’s books ever—complete with a CD featuring two completely new tunes by NEIL SEDAKA!

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 streets are bustling, all the world is stirring.

But does it seem so hard to you? Is waking up very hard to do? Come on, sleepyhead: get out of bed! Brush your teeth. Comb your hair. The minutes are passing. Don’t be late; the school bus won’t wait!

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.

Waking Up is Hard to Do was inspired by Neil Sedaka’s grandchildren and is part of a CD of the same name, which features a collection of Sedaka’s hits that were reinvented as children’s songs. The CD was a family collaboration in which Neil’s son Marc adapted four of his father’s classic songs, and Neil’s five year old grand-daughters made their recording debut as his backup vocalists.


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 forty-seven years to his wife, Leba, and they have two children and three grandchildren.


Daniel Miyares was born and raised in Simpsonville, SC. As a child, he loved telling stories with pictures even before he could write. He earned a BFA in illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2002 and has since worked for Hallmark Cards Inc. Daniel currently lives near Kansas City with his wife and young daughter.


The song Breaking Up Is Hard To Do was first released in 1962 and quickly went to Number One on Billboard’s Top 100. Sedaka re-released the song in 1975, changing it from an up-tempo tune to a ballad, and made music history when it reached #1 on the charts, becoming the first song recorded in two different versions by the same artist to reach Number One.