Roar of a Snore

Roar of a Snore

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by Marsha Diane Arnold, Pierre Pratt

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Little ones can't sleep? Amuse them with the funny rhyme of this bedtime charmer.

All the Huffles are fast asleep, except for Jack. Someone is snoring! Just who is making this racket? It must be Mama Gwyn. But when Jack wakes her . . . the snore roars on! And so it goes with Baby Sue, the twins, Papa Ben, even the farm animals. At last, the Huffles follow their


Little ones can't sleep? Amuse them with the funny rhyme of this bedtime charmer.

All the Huffles are fast asleep, except for Jack. Someone is snoring! Just who is making this racket? It must be Mama Gwyn. But when Jack wakes her . . . the snore roars on! And so it goes with Baby Sue, the twins, Papa Ben, even the farm animals. At last, the Huffles follow their ears toward a surprising culprit.

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Publishers Weekly
Though it may sound like the still of the night at the Huffle's house, ("The sky was dark, the stars were bright," the book begins), someone is snoring big-time. "A mighty snore!/ A clamorous snore!/ A thundering, ear-splitting,/ Roar of a snore!" declares Arnold (Prancing, Dancing Lily) in quasi-Homeric mode. Moving through the darkened house which Pratt (Where's Pup?) niftily evokes with a noir-ish palette and lighting a posse led by young Jack eliminates the usual suspects one by one. Pratt's elongated, hyper-angular characters possess a kind of goofy, robotic quality that heightens the absurdity of their quest; he also gets some comic mileage out of the instantly recognizable ways family members hit the sack (a toddler splayed in her crib, Dad snoozing slack-jawed in a comfy chair). Following the RRRRRRRRRRRs floating through the night air, the family finally traces the sound to the barn, where a tiny stray kitten sleeps in a sea of hay, "snoring all his cares away." Readers, like the Huffles, will be won over by the kitty, with whom the entire family decides to bed down in the barn: "One giant Snore sailed through the night." The book serves as essentially one extended joke, but a good one (especially for kids living with a snorer), and provides confirmation once again that Pratt is a singular talent. Ages 4-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Jack Huffle cannot sleep. He tosses and turns and groans and sighs, but his eyes stay open wide. He finally crawls out of bed to search for the source of a mighty loud snore. It is not coming from his hound dog Blue, so the two of them wake Mama Gwyn. The cumulative tale continues as these characters awaken Baby Sue, Papa Ben, Josie Jo, Jennie Lynn, and all of the critters in the barn. The snore still roars. The baffled searchers climb wearily to the loft. There they find a snore surprise. A tiny kitten is sleeping soundly and loudly in the hay. A kitten in need of a home. The decision is Jack's. They all go to sleep in the hayloft next to the newest member of their family. Brightly colored characters, slightly distorted with oversized heads, stand out against the dark backgrounds of the nighttime scenes. A good read aloud. Young listeners will want to join in as the tale progresses toward a mostly predictable conclusion.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Young Jack cannot sleep because of a "...thundering, ear-splitting roar of a snore!" In deftly rhymed couplets we follow poor Jack's quest to find the source of the snore and stop it. First he wakes his dog Blue, in vain. It is not Mama Gwyn's huffs and puffs either. The three of them wake Sweet Baby Sue, who joins the so far fruitless search. Papa Ben is snoring downstairs, but waking him does not stop it. Nor does waking the twins. So the whole crowd proceeds to the barn to wake the critters there. But only up in the hayloft do they finally find the surprising villain: one tiny lost kitten. They decide to let him sleep. All bed down contentedly together. It is now Molly Olsen down the road who cannot sleep. Pratt's acrylic paints are applied broadly with gusto, and also used to create a chain of R's which lead us from scene to scene, visualizing the snore's roar. Gestures and expressions are all exaggerated, of course, as they add to the hunt, the suspense, and the ultimate discovery. The final page, with the bright red roof against the night sky and the R's reaching Molly's window, produces just the right finale.
School Library Journal
PreS-"The sky was dark. The stars were bright. Each Huffle fast asleep that night." Except for Jack, who hears a "roar of a snore" and rouses Old Hound Blue, who is snoring. But the noise continues, and dog and boy set off to find its source, awakening each successive snorer. The crowd grows to include Mama Gwyn, Sweet Baby Sue, Papa Ben, the twins Josie Jo and Jennie Lynn, and the sheep and goat and cow and the hens. As they gather in the barn, they discover that the sound is coming from a tired and homeless kitten who is fast asleep in the hay. Finally, all gather round and fall asleep. Pratt's acrylic illustrations help to create a pace that perfectly complements the rhyming, cumulative text. The details of the pictures, done in vivid, warm colors, add motion and energy to the story. A must-have for all libraries.-Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Rhythm, rhyme, repetition and a charming surprise ending (with an amusing coda) make this a likely winner with the preschool set. From sleepless Jack, who first hears the enormous snore, to Mama Gwyn, Baby Sue, Papa Ben, twins Josie Jo and Jennie Lynn (inexplicably sleeping on the porch swing), and ending with a barn full of animals, all are intent on searching for the source of the snore. The unlikely culprit? A tiny lost kitten, asleep in the hayloft. Pratt's paintings offer slightly off-kilter perspectives and feature somewhat blocky figures. The lack of much background detail keeps the focus squarely on the action, while dark tones reinforce the night-time setting. The repeated cumulative refrain will encourage audience participation, whether listeners are in a group at storytime or enjoying a private nighttime read-aloud. Listeners will also enjoy speculating on just what neighbor Molly Olsen does when she hears the snore. Simple and satisfying. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Penguin Publishing Group
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8.46(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Marsha Diane Arnold lives in Sebastopol, California.

Pierre Pratt lives in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

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Roar of a Snore 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
PinkieB2Four More than 1 year ago
So much fun to read an entertaining tongue twister. My 3yr old's favorite bedtime story read by my 19yr old. All the kids can recite the story by heart AND they don't get hornswoggled. LOVE IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book with lots of rhyming and fun bits. Perfect for about 2 years or so and up
noriesmama More than 1 year ago
We live in the state of TN which means we are eligible to enroll in the Fabulous Dolly Parton's "Books for Life" program. Compliments of Dolly, our little girl gets a great book every month in the mail. This one came a few months ago and it is by far my favorite book yet. Dolly has sent us some really great selections but this one is the most adorable by far. Highly recommended!
SJKessel More than 1 year ago
Arnold, M.D. (2006). Roar of a Snore. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers. 2004021475 In the night, Jack has trouble sleeping because the sound of somebody snoring. He begins looking for the offending snorer by waking up each member of his family. Roar of a Snore uses unpredictable rhyme to tell the story. While the rhyme is inconsistent, it does not feel forced, which is high praise. The illustrations include a lot of darker tones, to portray nighttime. The colors are not threatening though and encourage this book to be used as a naptime or a bedtime read. I chose this book for personal reasons. Growing up, I always had to deal with a certain somebody's snores keeping me awake. I must admit, I rarely handled it as well as Jack. My method of waking potential snorers often involved kicking the bed, throwing pillows, pulling an offending snorer's sleeping bag outside while camping. In fact, those are still my methods of choice. Nobody messes with my sleep patterns! Nobody! Activities to do with the book: This is a good bedtime story, but a teacher could do a lesson on manners and incorporate the fact that it is rude to wake up sleeping friends and loved ones, no matter how loud the snoring. Also a teacher could reinforce all of the vocabulary present for the various types of snores and for fun could have all the students practice making the various snoring noises. Favorite Quotes: "The sky was dark. The stars were bright. Each Huffle fast asleep that night." "Jack heard a snore. A might snore! A clamorous snore! A thundering, ear-splitting, roar of a snore!" "Each Huffle added snuffles, huffs, wheezes, whistles, grumbles, puffs. One giant snore sailed through the night." For more of my reviews, visit