A boy is so sleepy that he vows nothing will get him out of his morning bed,
neither peas and beans nor the United States Marines.
I am NOT going to come up today by Dr. Suess, illustrated by James Stevenson.
Please let me be. Please go away. I am NOT going to get up today.
The Alarm can ring. The birds can peep. My bed is warm. My pillow's deep.
Today's the day I'm going to sleep. I don't care if kids are getting up right
now all over town. I'm the kid who isn't getting up, I am staying down.
All around the world they're getting up. And that's ok with me. Let the kids
get up in Switzerland or Memphis Tennessee. Let the kids get up in Alaska
and in China. I don't care. Let the kids get up in Italy. Let the kids get up in
Spain. Let them get up in Massachusetts and Connecticut and Maine.
Let the kids get up in London and in Paris and Berlin. Let them get up all
they want to. But not me. I'm sleeping in. I've never been so sleepy since
I can't remember when. You can take away my breakfast. Give my egg back
to the hen. Nobody's going to get me up, no matter what he does.
Today's my day for WOOZY-SNOOZY ZIZZ-ZIZZ ZIZZ ZAZZ ZUZZ.
You can tickle my feet. You can shake my bed. You can pour cold water
on my head. But you're wasting your time so go away. I am NOT going to
get up today. In bed is where I'm going to stay. And I don't care what the
neighbors say! I never liked them anyway. Let them try to wake me.
Let them scream and yowl and yelp. They can yelp from now 'til Christmas
but it isn't going to help. My bed is warm. My pillow's deep. Today's the
day I'm going to sleep. I don't choose to be up walking. I don't choose
to be up talking. the only thing I'm choosing is to lie here woozy-snoozing.
So won't you kindly go away. I am NOT going to get up today! You won't
get me up with a Strawberry Flip.
You won't get me up with a Marshmallow Dip. Or Pineapple Butterscotch
Ding Dang Doo! My tongue is asleep and my teeth are too. You can try
with dogs and roosters. You can try with goats and geese. But I'm going
to go on snoozing. You can bring in the police. You can print it in the papers.
Spread the news all over town. But nothing's going to get me up.
Today I'm staying down. You can shoot at me with peas and beans.
You can bring in the United States Marines.
You can put the whole thing on TV. But I won't get up today! Not me!
Nothing's going going to get me up. Why can't you understand! You only
waste your money if you hire big brass band. That's why I say,
"Please go away! I am NOT going to get up today!"
I guess he really means it! So you can have the egg. The End
1. Discuss what the story is about.
2. Does the boy mean not going out of the bed? Why do youthink so?
3. What is the longest you have ever slept for?
What made you sleep for that long?