Wake Up, Let's Play!

Marit Törnqvist

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Quick Look

  • A charming board book with wonderfully detailed illustrations
  • Little ones will enjoy this brilliant variety of imaginative play scenarios
  • Simple words and diverse representation
  • From the award-winning illustrator of Charlie’s Magical Carnival

A gorgeously detailed board book, with simple words, from an award-winning illustrator. Encourages young children to explore the endless possibilities of imaginative play.

board book
200 x 185 mm
Floris Books
Board Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 1 to 3 years
22 pages
Publication date:
16 Jan 2020


Join two friends who love playing together wherever they are. They play cafes and boats, castles and baking, snowmen and parties. And when the day is over and it's time for bed, they can't wait to play together again tomorrow.

With gorgeous, detailed scenes of children playing, this simple board book has very few words, encouraging children to interact with the beautiful artwork in their own way.

A sturdy board book for young hands about the endless possibilities of imaginative play.


'With gorgeous, detailed scenes of children playing, this simple board book has very few words, encouraging children to interact with the beautiful artwork in their own way... We love the simplicity of the story and the lovely illustrations of the daily life and play of small children. Each page provides a new activity to explore and new games to play, lending itself to a day long story exploration. The settings are vivid and relatable and the book invites children to think of their own special places and games they share with friends.'
-- Seven Stories

'I like the soft style of the illustrations and all the vibrant colors. The children look like they are having the time of their lives playing and imagining together.
This board book is adorable from start to finish!'
.-- Books for MKs

'Törnqvist's watercolor and fine black lines make for very literal illustrations with lots of bright colors and recognizable objects to identify. This is a large format board book and there's lots to look at once you open the pages, with the illustrations coming right to the edge of the page...
The concept is strong and the illustrations are charming.'
-- Youth Services Book Review, 5 stars

Praise for Charlie's Magical Carnival:

'Children can pore over the minutiae of this detailed wonder-world... A cavalcade of riotous illustrations revel in the excitement of the carnival.'
-- Armadillo

'A simply beautiful picture book... Marit's vibrant artwork is accompanied by a lyrical story of awe, adventure and the loving relationship between a parent and child... Highly recommended.'
-- Midwest Book Review

'Imagination takes reality for a grand ride in this Dutch import... Filled with life and color, extravagantly costumed carnivalgoers, surreal details, and droll side business... A joyful celebration of free-range fantasizing.'
-- Kirkus


Marit Törnqvist was born in 1964 in Uppsala, Sweden and divides her time between the Netherlands and Sweden. She studied illustration at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. In 2011 she was awarded a Golden Plaque from the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava, one of the most prestigious children's illustration awards. She is the author of many books including Charlie's Magical Carnival (Floris Books) and she has illustrated several of Astrid Lindgren's picture books, including A Calf for Christmas and Goran's Great Escape (Floris Books).

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