|It's so quiet : a not-quite-going-to-bed book|
Author: Rinker, Sherri Duskey
Little mouse cannot sleep because it is too quiet--but when he really listens he finds the night is full of all sorts of sounds, so many in fact that it is too noisy to sleep.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (02/01/21)
School Library Journal (01/01/21)
Booklist (+) (02/01/21)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2021 PreS-Gr 1—Actually, Rinker's point is that it's not that quiet—from the sounds of wildlife surrounding this farm to a grandparent snoring on the porch and an already sleepless little mouse that shows no sign of resting any time soon. Bullfrogs. Crickets. A hound dog. Even the wind through the trees keeps Mouse awake. The illustrations, from the title page on, visually demonstrate the crescendo of squeaks, breezes, barn owl, and more, until even the youngest onlookers will have their hands over their ears. A primal holler into the din, from Mouse's own mouth, dissipates the sounds instantly, and only the "shah, shah, shah" of the moths around a lone light whisper to the night. Even if Mouse is a stand-in for sleepless parents, this tale is a cacophonous triumph on the path to rest. VERDICT This is fantastic story time choice.—Kimberly Olson Fakih, School Library Journal - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 02/01/2021 *Starred Review* The author of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site (2011) leaves the clamor of big rigs behind to focus on the noises, mostly tiny, just outside an old timey–looking house in the woods. It’s nighttime; a grandfather mouse in a rocking chair and his hound dog doze on the porch while, upstairs, a mother mouse puts a little one to bed. It’s so quiet you can hear the “shah shah shah” of moth wings brushing against the porch light—until the stillness is shattered by the little mouse screaming, “It’s too quiet!” More sounds come in from outside, including the chirping of crickets, the squeal of the old screen door, the dog’s tapping tail, and the grandfather’s snoring. When the little mouse hears the “A-woo!” of a faraway coyote, he opens the window, alarmed, and all the sounds of the night, in a wonderful comic return, come pouring into his room. The little mouse shuts the window, relieved that it’s “so quiet” again. Throughout, the soft, rhyming text and the illustrations, which are like chalk outlines of the noise-making creatures, highlight the stars of this book, the sounds themselves. Great fun, and a great way to make children aware of the sounds that surround them. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.