Too Noisy!

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A read-aloud (shout-aloud?) comedy from Malachy Doyle, boldly illustrated by Ed Vere, reminds us there’s no place like home — no matter how noisy.

The Bungles sure are a large and noisy bunch! So noisy that Sam, the middle Bungle, has no room to think and is desperate to escape his booming, twooting, banging, clanging family. So off he wanders into the woods for some peace and quiet. Deeper and deeper he goes, until . . . eek! What’s that climbing up his pant leg? Beek! What is ...

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Overview

A read-aloud (shout-aloud?) comedy from Malachy Doyle, boldly illustrated by Ed Vere, reminds us there’s no place like home — no matter how noisy.

The Bungles sure are a large and noisy bunch! So noisy that Sam, the middle Bungle, has no room to think and is desperate to escape his booming, twooting, banging, clanging family. So off he wanders into the woods for some peace and quiet. Deeper and deeper he goes, until . . . eek! What’s that climbing up his pant leg? Beek! What is flapping around his face? Eeky-beek! What could be sliding down his neck? HELP! Will he ever again hear the comforting cacophony of his own Bungle clan?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Doyle’s (Get Happy) story is simple—quiet Sam is overwhelmed by his big, noisy family—yet the writer’s exuberant, Gaelic-tinged wordplay and Vere’s (Banana!) edgy visuals give it real excitement. (There’s even one brief, well-managed moment of terror.) Vere draws Sam and his family as a collection of raccoonlike creatures with pointy ears and tubular snouts; big, colorful, swooping speech balloons emanate from each family member to represent his or her distinctive racket (“Mama Bungle trills and tinkles,/ Papa wheezes, then he sneezes,/ Granny Bungle clicks and clacks”). Sam’s quest for quiet (“And so he upped and so he offed and so he wandered to the woods”) starts well, but as night begins to fall and Sam loses his way, he grows nervous: “A slippy-slidy slithered down his neck!” Sam’s yells for help are reinforced by Vere’s heavy, shuddering lines. Not a moment too soon, there’s a huge commotion, and the appearance of speech balloons amid the forest trees signal that Sam’s loud and loving family has come to rescue him. It’s a gratifying fireworks display of words and affection. Ages 3–up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
CRASH! JANGLE! Meet the Bungles, the noisiest family to ever plague a quiet-loving child. Each Bungle family member contributes to a cacophony of sound—illustrated by expressively-shaped speech bubbles—except for Sam, who begs for peace and quiet. In his desperation, Sam escapes across the green hills and out into the woods. At first, he finds nature soothing, with its lovely clouds, green trees, and blue water. Outside, he discovers what he was searching for: enough peace and quiet to hum up music and dream up rhymes. Sam continues to wander, until he finds himself lost in the deep, dark woods. How will Sam find his way home? By discovering his own noise-making skills, of course. The onomatopoeia in this rhythmic read-aloud romp will have young children chiming in with their own symphony of noises. The large format, simple but engaging illustrations, and playful typesetting make this a great book to share with library storytime groups or lap readers before bedtime. It would also be easy and fun to turn the story into a reader's theater presentation for early elementary classes. Criticism for this story may come from two different camps. Nature lovers may criticize the portrayal of the woods and woodland creatures as something to fear; however, the real lesson here is that children shouldn't wander off by themselves. Introverts may lament the implication that it is not okay for Sam to need quiet and seeking the space to be creative will end in doom. Sam may understand his family a little better after his scare, and he love them in spite of their noise, but one gets the feeling that being the middle child in the Bungle family will continue to be a frustration for this young dreamer. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Large families are often very noisy and the Bungles, a coterie of anthropomorphic lupine creatures, are no exception. They generate a terrific amount of sound-way too much for Sam Bungle, the quiet thinker of the bunch. Tiring of the ceaseless racket, he wanders off to the woods, enjoying nature and humming little rhymes. As he ventures deeper and deeper into the forest, it gets dark. Lost and scared, Sam hollers for help. Hearing his distress, the entire Bungle clan rushes to the rescue. Sam realizes that he loves his family, and that sometimes noise is good. Hand drawn and digitally colored, the double-spread illustrations dazzle with saturated yellows, purples, oranges, greens, and blues. Changes in font size and style highlight the noise words. The Bungles' din is further depicted as brightly colored empty speech balloons, their size proportional to strength of the sound-"a hurricane of noise" takes up an entire spread. With its exuberant language and quirky characters, this story is a fun addition to most collections.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Everyone in the Bungle family squeaks, squawks and squelches too much for Sam, the quiet, dreamy middle-child creature (the Bungles look vaguely like raccoons). Sam is bombarded by noise in Doyle's captivatingly onomatopoeic free verse. Vere illustrates sound as colorful bubbles and bursts that issue forth from each family member. Against the paper-bag–brown background, readers see pink upside-down teardrop shapes coming from Mama, a purple balloon of sound from Granny's knitting needles and a spiky orange blast from sister Bella. But poor Sam has a squiggly tornado of black lines above his head. He needs to get away from this noise. "So he upped / and so he offed / and so he wandered / to the woods." At first all is bliss, as he finds himself surrounded by clouds, trees and a small stream. Bunnies and birds emit tiny sound shapes in pink, yellow and blue. Sam is inspired to create some rhymes, but gradually it gets dark. The deepening purple scenes become increasingly scary as he feels "a flitter-flutter / flap around his face" and then a "slippy-slidy / [slither] / down his neck!" Young ones will see that these threatening things are only benign nocturnal creatures. Predictably, Sam must resort to the behavior he usually loathes and yells for help. Slowly he hears his family come for him as a double-page spread shows him happily engulfed in a "HURRICANE OF NOISE!" Quiet thinkers will enjoy meeting a character like themselves, and others may gain a better understanding of those who crave a little peace. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763662264
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 798,511
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Malachy Doyle is the author of Antonio on the Other Side of the World, Getting Smaller and many other books for children. He lives in Donegal, Ireland.

Ed Vere has been writing and illustrating children’s books since 1999. He is also a fine art painter and is represented by galleries in London and Los Angeles. He lives in London.

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