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|Rumble grumble ... hush|
Author: Banks, Kate
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text follow a little boy through a day of imaginative play with various toys, followed by a quiet time of books and crayons as bedtime nears.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 196179
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/17)
School Library Journal (03/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/15/2018 This book showcases sounds, both real and imagined, that surround a young boy throughout a day at home. As the day progresses, tiny, mundane noises, like adult chatter, a cat’s meow, and a dog’s bowwow, grow into the bigger, more exciting sounds his toys make, as he imagines them coming to life: the deep rumble of a garbage truck; a monkey pounding a drum; the roar of a lion. The acrylic and digital-media illustrations show both the semitransparent forms of the boy’s imaginary companions and the mounting racket they make, emphasized by the varying size and shadings of the text. The text follows a gentle rhyme scheme throughout, which at times favors poetics over clarity, as in, “Thoughts, they come and go, / words strung in rhythmic rows.” Even so, the sounds always come through. The book moves from the cacophony of play to the peace of quiet time and, later, bedtime—jarring the reader fully awake whenever the noisy toys return. A good demonstration of the contrast between loud and quiet. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 03/01/2018 PreS-K—A young boy and his dog play imaginative games with a collections of toys that come to life as a full size dragon, monkey, and bear. They enjoy both playing loudly and quietly over the course of a single day. They roar and dance as well as draw and read, whiling away their time from morning till bedtime. While adorably illustrated, the text in this book reads inconsistently and lacks flow. The awkward transition from loud play, which lasts only a few pages, to quiet play which continues for much of the book is disappointing. The emphasis on sounds is dropped around the same time as quiet play begins, and is only subtly picked up again with sounds like "shhh" and "purrr." VERDICT For books that do a great job incorporating sounds with a cohesive story try Squeak! Rumble! Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! by Wynton Marsalis or I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison. An additional purchase.—Shana Shea, Windsor Public Library, CT - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.