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I Hear a Noise
     

I Hear a Noise

by Diane Goode, Papa (As Told to), Riki Levinson (Designed by), Ann Durell (Editor)
 

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A little boy, hearing noises at his window at bedtime, calls for his mother. His worst fears are realized, but he learns that monsters have mothers too.

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A little boy, hearing noises at his window at bedtime, calls for his mother. His worst fears are realized, but he learns that monsters have mothers too.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A beguiling, ultimately benevolent monster abducts a boy and his mother with unexpected consequences. Ages 3-6. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 A frightening book that lacks reassurance or warmth. A huge dragon-like creature carries off a little boy and his terrified mother, one in each claw, to his home. There the other creatures fight for possession of the monster's new playthings, until the monster is admonished by his mother ``to take them right back where you found them,'' and the two are returned to the little boy's bed. Text consists of one or two sentences of dialogue per page, and it's occasionally difficult to tell which creature is speaking. The monsters are more menancing than fanciful, with ferocious expressions, claws posed for action, and tongues hanging out. Unlike the heroes of Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are (Harper, 1963) and Mayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet (Dial, 1968), both of whom overcome or conquer their monsters, this child is passive and the mother ineffective; both are at the mercy of the monsters' whims. Trev Jones, ``School Library Journal''

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140548532
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/01/1993
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
110L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Diane Goode says, "In this book I wanted to capture the feeling that there's a wonderful world waiting right around the corner.” Since winning the Caldecott Honor for When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant at the start of her career, Diane Goode has written and illustrated such lovely picture books as Mama's Perfect Present and Thanksgiving is Here! Her son, Peter, to whom this book is dedicated, is now grown. The talented author-illustrator lives in Watch-ung, New Jersey, with her husband and their yellow Lab.

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