Be Quiet, Mike!

Be Quiet, Mike!

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by Leslie Patricelli
     
 

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Digga-digga-digga-digga, zat, zoom, crash! Leslie Patricelli's lovable (but noisy!) new character finds an ingenious way to create a sound all his own.

Even before he was born, Mike started drumming. Kick! Thump! Pow! Wherever he goes, his rhythms sing: swis, thak, go his books; bang, clank, goes the trash can; tap, tap, go his pencils; and "BE

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Digga-digga-digga-digga, zat, zoom, crash! Leslie Patricelli's lovable (but noisy!) new character finds an ingenious way to create a sound all his own.

Even before he was born, Mike started drumming. Kick! Thump! Pow! Wherever he goes, his rhythms sing: swis, thak, go his books; bang, clank, goes the trash can; tap, tap, go his pencils; and "BE QUIET, MIKE!" yells everyone around him. But one day Mike sees a drum set in a store window— and puts his hands-on talents to work in a most impressive way. W ith the bold graphic style and clever details her readers love, Leslie Patricelli strikes a cymbal for active, high-energy little monkeys everywhere.

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Publishers Weekly
Mike, a little monkey who started beating time in utero ("kick thump pow" comes through loud and clear on the obstetrician's stethoscope), turns everything from a garbage can to his sister's dolls into percussive instruments. So he's constantly being admonished with the titular refrain (which, ironically—or cleverly—begs to be shouted). Mike tries hard to play by the rules, but "the beat of his heart/ was stronger than his will." The gentle lesson Patricelli (the Patterson Puppies books) serves up is that exercising one's talent is great in the right context: a natural-born drummer should use a drum kit—and if that's out of reach (as is the one Mike spies in a store window), make necessity the mother of invention. Patricelli isn't the most felicitous rhymer—the literal writing and well-behaved meter don't do justice to her hero's gifts ("Mike was good at school—/ he wasn't one for yapping,/ but with pencils everywhere,/ he couldn't stop tapping"). But her bright acrylic pictures are the definition of upbeat and bouncy, and she gives the irrepressible, well-meaning Mike unexpected depth and poignancy. Ages 3–6. (Aug.)
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Patricelli's bright acrylic pictures are the definition of upbeat and bouncy, and she gives the irrepressible, well-meaning Mike unexpected depth and poignancy.
—Publishers Weekly

A marvelous model of a family ultimately nurturing the member who marches to his own beat.
—Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Miranda McClain
Mike has had the beat since before he was born. As a young monkey everyone was always telling him to be quiet, but Mike just had to keep drumming: on the trashcan, the table, his desk at school, even on his dad's head. Everyone is always yelling at him to be quiet. Then one day while on a walk with his dad he spies a beautiful drum set in a shop window. Mike has to have that set but sadly cannot afford to buy it. Necessity is the mother of invention however, and Mike gets a brilliant idea. He builds his own drum set and bangs away on it. Only this time no one tells Mike to be quiet. They tell him to play louder. The beat of this toe tapping, rhyming story goes right along with its jazzy feel and kids will ask for it again and again and probably even try some rhythms of their own. Reviewer: Miranda McClain
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—From the time monkey Mike is a tyke, he drums, bangs, and rattles on anything handy, much to the consternation of family, neighbors, and teachers. Their constant refrain, "BE QUIET, MIKE!" has no effect on the monkey in motion. One day he sees the answer—a drum set in a music store window that would provide an outlet for his percussive energy. Without the means to afford it, Mike hatches a plan. After much drawing, gathering, hammering, and taping, he creates a homemade set of pots, pans, and cans and gets down to business. To his surprise, his new musical outlet elicits cheers from his family and in the satisfying ending they urge, "PLAY LOUDER, MIKE!" This rhythmic, rhyming romp about a youngster who must drum is illustrated with bold lines and colors in acrylic that suggest a jazzy ease. The bright, ever-changing background hues keep the focus on Mike and the onomatopoeic words scattered throughout the story. Children who can't sit still will love meeting Mike, and frustrated parents will see a solution to their own be-bopping child in this effervescent drummer.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews

Mike the monkey is a born drummer. Literally.

During the opening, a stethoscope is trained on mama monkey's bulging belly, through which strong, rhythmic sounds are being emitted. From his first months through his early school years, Mike explores his world kinetically, patting, pounding, shaking, discovering the sounds made by the nearest surface or object: "He played with his fingers; / he played with his feet— / a funky little monkey with a / beat, beat, beat." Patricelli's pages practically vibrate. Multiple views of Mike are labeled with noises, and the pulsating, rhymed text flows easily—the font growing to suggest increased volume and the "bleed" from the acrylics adding to the sense of motion. The colorful compositions are punctuated periodically by a white double-page spread sporting a quivering typeface with the titular message from family, neighbors and teachers. This contrast provides a recognizable refrain for eager listeners. This monkey's motivation is not mischief: "Mike tried to be quiet, / he tried to be still, / but the beat of his heart / was stronger than his will." Particularly poignant is his silence from self-applied tape. When an expensive drum kit catches his eye, he can't rest until he builds a homemade set, and a musician—and his audience—is born. Front endpapers identify 15 percussion instruments; the closing displays do-it-yourself counterparts.

A marvelous model of a family ultimately nurturing the member who marches to his own beat. (Picture book. 2-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763644772
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/23/2011
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Leslie Patricelli is the authorillustrator of the award-winning HIGHER! HIGHER! and two stories about the Patterson puppies. She is also the creator of a series of best-selling board books starring an adorable bald baby. Leslie Patricelli lives in Ketchum, Idaho, with her husband (a drummer!) and three children.

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Be Quiet Mike 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
amy010 More than 1 year ago
An excellent book for parents of noisy school age kids.  From the parent's perspective it creates sympathy for kids who just gotta move and tap and otherwise groove ---unceasingly.    It also offers some good ideas for channeling this creative energy.  For kids it shows them that they are not "bad" for feeling this way and they too benefit from ideas for harnessing this energy.  However, a warning, my toddler also enjoyed this book, but loves to run around telling everyone to "BE QUIET!!"  Another wonderful addition to our library thanks to a like minded mama, Leslie Patricelli!