The Loudness of Sam

The Loudness of Sam

by James Proimos
     
 

When Sam laughs, Sam laughs loudly. When Sam cries, Sam cries loudly. But while visiting his aunt Tillie in the city, Sam is surprised to discover that some people—in fact, many people—hold in their feelings. Can Sam survive a week with Aunt Tillie, a week when he is often told to "hush"?

Overview

When Sam laughs, Sam laughs loudly. When Sam cries, Sam cries loudly. But while visiting his aunt Tillie in the city, Sam is surprised to discover that some people—in fact, many people—hold in their feelings. Can Sam survive a week with Aunt Tillie, a week when he is often told to "hush"?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this refreshing, rambunctious book, stentorian Sam goes to visit his aunt, exchanging his doting parents' home for "the big city," a world of libraries, restaurants and the (comparatively) repressed Aunt Tillie. His permissive parents never hush him: when he laughs for joy, his parents say, "He sounds like a garbage truck slamming into an accordion factory!" and "Beautiful, isn't it?" From his foray into society, Sam doesn't learn that children should be seen and not heard; instead, his aunt learns not to hold in her emotions. The giant mouths and huge letters of Proimos's (Joe's Wish) cartoon artwork more than match the timbre of the story. His neon colors, exploding off the page, make a visual noise of their own, trumpeting the theme throughout Sam's story. Most pleasing of all is Proimos's choice to expose a tight-lipped society rather than to tame emotive Sam. Like Aunt Tillie, readers will discover that Sam's volume is contagious--they will laugh out LOUD! Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Sam's parents love every sound he makes. They never shush him for laughing LOUDLY when he is happy or for crying LOUDLY when he is sad. They don't shush him when he is three, or seven, or older. When Sam visits his Aunt Tillie, he is amazed that with all the many sad and happy things in the city, no one, cries LOUDLY or laughs LOUDLY, especially not Aunt Tillie. Instead, everyone shushes Sam. On the last day of his visit, Aunt Tillie laughs LOUDLY ("HA!") when she sees something funny and cries LOUDLY ("WHA!") when she sees something sad. Aunt Tillie has caught the Loudness of Sam. Now she knows that she will miss the boy when he goes home. On the last day of his visit, he gives her his pet duck for a present. Sam and Aunt Tillie both laugh LOUDLY ("HA!") on the drive home. The wacky story is well matched by the completely absurd, brightly colored cartoon illustrations, which add many ridiculous touches to the story. All of the characters in the illustrations look like misshapen blimps. Most children will identify with a character who loves to be LOUD.-Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Proimos (Joe's Wish), in cartoony pictures, celebrates loud colors, gargantuan mouths, and silly sound effects.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152020873
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

JAMES PROIMOS is the author and illustrator of Joe's Wish, The Loudness of Sam, The Many Adventures of Johnny Mutton, and Johnny Mutton, He's So Him! He is also the designer and co-creator of Taco Bell's popular animated spokespets Nacho and Dog, and is the co-creator of "Generation O", an animated show from Sunbow Entertainment/SONY wonder. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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