Too Quiet for These Old Bones

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"These old bones are tired, " cries Granny. "This house is far too quiet!" So with whoops and hollers, cap gun firing, pots banging, model rockets launching, and even "Hail to the Chief" playing on whistle and kazoo, her grandchildren happily turn up the volume in the rollicking rhymes and ever more riotous pictures of this intergenerational salute to high decibel fun. Full color.

When Granny complains that her house is far too quiet, her four grandchildren are more than happy to help remedy the ...

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"These old bones are tired, " cries Granny. "This house is far too quiet!" So with whoops and hollers, cap gun firing, pots banging, model rockets launching, and even "Hail to the Chief" playing on whistle and kazoo, her grandchildren happily turn up the volume in the rollicking rhymes and ever more riotous pictures of this intergenerational salute to high decibel fun. Full color.

When Granny complains that her house is far too quiet, her four grandchildren are more than happy to help remedy the situation.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this rambunctious rhyming tale, four children learn that their grandmother shares their love of mayhem. At first, gray-haired Granny seems incapable of surprises; as the children fidget, she nods in her rocker, clad in a white cap, shawl, and black dress with lace cuffs. But suddenly, the elderly woman leaps up and demands "a bang, a boom, a blast!" The kids happily comply: "Bang she wanted, bang she'd get./ We took her at her word./ We piled the china on the steps./ An avalanche occurred." Nothing satisfies Granny's anarchic spirit, and only the arrival of a disapproving "mom" halts the commotion. Johnson (Farmers' Market) uses earth-tone acrylics framed in a clean white border to suggest a cozy house with patterned wallpaper; his stereotypical grandma looks more like a Victorian heirloom than a 1990s retiree. Seymour (I Love My Buzzard) attempts to spice up the obligatory family visit, and to show that young and old folks have a lot in common. Yet his carefully metered verse, like the controlled misbehavior, rings as false as enforced fun. In the end, the clattering pots and cap-gun shots are just as clichd as the grandmother's pince-nez and petticoats. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
Doomed to sit in utter silence for an entire afternoon with their Granny, four kids are pleasantly shocked when Granny suddenly springs to life and declares, "These old bones are tired! This house is far too quiet! I crave a bang, a boom, a blast! An avalanche! A riot!" The kids decide that if that is what Granny wants, indeed that is what she shall get. Granny and the kids have a riotously good time tearing up the joint and kicking up their heels. That is until mom returns. Pulsating text and uproarious illustrations will have the entire family rolling.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2In this energetic story, four siblings rescue their grandmother from boredom. The kids dread the visit when their mother warns that any noise will set Granny's nerves on edge. Braced for a dreary afternoon listening to buzzing flies and watching dust settle, the children sit. Suddenly, Granny comes to life with a scream proclaiming life to be too quiet. "I crave a bang, a boom, a blast! An avalanche! A riot!" she shouts. That's all the encouragement her grandchildren need to free this poor woman from her dull existence. They break china, bang pots, shoot off rockets, slam doors, whistle, and sing. Granny reacts, "Is that the best you can do?" She teaches them how to whoop and holler like banshees and they have a ball until Mom returns. The next day they go back and sit like statues, but after their mother drives away, the fun begins all over again. Johnson's acrylic illustrations reinforce the moods and actions perfectly. Most of the characters are styled realistically, in modern dress, but Granny is portrayed as very old-fashioned, almost a caricature of the aged. She wears a nightcap and shawl over a long black dress, high-buttoned shoes with black lisle stockings, pinch-nose glasses, and has no teeth. Not many children have grandmothers who look like this today, but Granny's appearance does fit this rhyming tale. Storytimes will be enlivened with this engaging read-aloud.Susan Garland, Maynard Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Seymour (Black Sky River, 1996, etc.) presents a glimpse of a surprising sort of grandparent, in clumsy, awkward verse. Jane, Logan, Lucas, and the first-person narrator are doomed to spend a day with Granny, who resembles Whistler's mother. They enter in somber, brown-toned framed pictures, which Johnson lightens up considerably as the beshawled old woman bolts upright in her rocking chair and cries out that she craves a little noise. The children respond predictably, but she challenges them further by joining in. Young readers will anticipate the return of the children's mother, who appears in looming silhouette and silences the house. The next time the children stay with their grandmother, the joint starts jumping as soon as their mother starts up the car to drive away. Not original in any way, but good for one noisy read-through.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531330524
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.36 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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