What Noise Does a Rabbit Make?


A lively tale unfolds in this farmyard adventure, illustrated by Kate Greenaway nominee, Richard Byrne.
As the sun came up — “COCK-A-DOODLE-DO!” — trumpeted the cockerel, and then all at once the farm rang out with the noises of the other animals. Amid the ruckus, Raggety-Taggle quietly nibbled the grass and wondered just what noise does a rabbit make? A great, rumbustuous animal...

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A lively tale unfolds in this farmyard adventure, illustrated by Kate Greenaway nominee, Richard Byrne.
As the sun came up — “COCK-A-DOODLE-DO!” — trumpeted the cockerel, and then all at once the farm rang out with the noises of the other animals. Amid the ruckus, Raggety-Taggle quietly nibbled the grass and wondered just what noise does a rabbit make? A great, rumbustuous animal noises book to read aloud to small children.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Gorgeous blues, golds, and purples evoke a pastoral English nightscape with a tiny crescent moon. Just before dawn, the meadow becomes populated with little rabbits munching away silently on grass and flowers. The colors fade to pinks, purples, and yellows as the sun comes up and readers meet Raggety-Taggle, an endearing cartoon-like bunny chewing in the peaceful field. Turn the page and suddenly there's an entirely new scene of raucous noise as farm animals—cows, horses, sheep, pigs, dog and cat—shatter the silence, led by the crowing rooster. The farmer starts his chugging, tooting tractor, while Raggety muses about what noise a rabbit can make (Tweet-tweet?). Thumping with his foot, he attracts the tawny cat who POUNCES with a hiss and a Miaow! Kids will love joining in the animal noises and, especially, tracing Raggety's crazy path through the barnyard as he races for home. With a Woof! the dog joins the chase till they all pile up in a heap at a Toot! from the tractor. Listeners and viewers get a chance to sort out the animals and will surely want to imitate their noises again. A final spread returns readers to the purple and gold meadow with a full moon just rising and silent rabbits nibbling—including Raggety, who wonders why anybody would want to make a noise at all. Big pages, lots of action, and Byrne's lovely saturated colors will make this a joyful read-aloud with a bonus on the endpapers, filled with small grey, brown, and white bunnies that can be counted, named, compared, or even written about. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
Kirkus Reviews
All the other animals make very distinct sounds. What about rabbits? In the still of the night, the meadow fills with rabbits, who nibble peacefully for hours. As the sun comes up, the farm rings out with noises. The rooster trumpets out a "Cock-a-doodle-do," the horse neighs, the dog woofs, and so on. This causes a young bunny named Raggety-Taggle to wonder just what noise a rabbit makes. He tries thump-thumping with his foot, but this just attracts a predatory cat that nearly catches him. The chase wakes up the dog, who pursues the cat; it also stirs up the cows, the sheep, the horses, the pigs, the rooster and the farmer on his tractor. When the farmer blows his horn, all the animals stop short, tumbling into an awkward pile. All, that is, except Raggety-Taggle, who quietly runs all the way home. Later that night, as the sun goes down, the rabbits again fill the meadow, and Raggety-Taggle wonders "just why anybody would ever want to make a noise at all." The treatment of animals and their sounds is entirely predictable (if spelled with a British accent--the cat says, "Miaow!"), but it's leavened with the sly lesson about the value of being quiet. Byrne's colors are bold, and his animals, drawn with an appealing simplicity, are apt for preschoolers. Though far from startlingly original, it's good for a giggle or two. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849396493
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,103,257
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

CARRIE WESTON lives in Kent with 3 dogs, 3 cats and her son's hairy spider. Since graduating from Warwick University, she has had 18 books for children published, which she writes in a log cabin in her garden. She lectures at the University of East London and in her spare time loves football, skiing and walking in the rain with her dogs.

RICHARD BYRNE was born and grew up in Brighton. He studied at Eastbourne College of Art & Design. New to the picture book world Richard is an up and coming picture book creator with his first two books being nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2012. He lives in Chichester with his wife and two children.

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