When Papa Snores

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SNOOM

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ARGHH

Trying to get some shut-eye is no easy task when the lamp is rattling, the dishes are clattering, and shoes are ...

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SNOOOOGA...
SNOOOOGA...
SNOOM

ERRGHA...
ERRGHA...
ARGHH

Trying to get some shut-eye is no easy task when the lamp is rattling, the dishes are clattering, and shoes are tumbling down the stairs.

Who is making all that racket?

It's Papa and Nana, fast asleep, snoring to beat the band. So much noise! But Papa and Nana aren't the noisiest nappers in the house....

Can you guess who is?

A child describes the increasing intensity of her grandparents' snores--that annoy some but also provide a sense of security.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Oh, the things that happen when her grandmother and grandfather snore! Our narrator makes a cumulative list for each, from rattling shaking bedside lamps and clink-clanking blinds to bouncing manhole covers in the street. And the variety of snoring noises ranges from "honnkk/shooooo honnkk shoooo" and "garrum...garrum" to "snooga snooga" and "scuraffa taffa taf." Who snores louder? She doesn't care; it's music to her tired ears; she feels safe and sleepy knowing the grandparents are there. The last page spread gives us the humorous answer to the question. Meade has chosen to visualize the story with flat cartoon-like characters in simplified settings that allow for arabesques to indicate the paths of the snores along with printed sound effects for the accompanying flapping drawer pulls, drying dishes, dropping leaves, etc. and the snores themselves. The exaggerated portrayal is funny, but all too close to the real assault of sound. 2000, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 4 to 8, $16.00. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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PreS-Gr 3-A treat for the eyes and the ears. A little girl can't decide who snores louder: her grandfather or grandmother. "When Papa snores, ARRGHH-OOOMM-ARRGHH-OOOMM the lamp at his bedside rattles and shakes, and the drawers of his dresser open and close. When Nana snores, GARRUUM-GARRUUM the blinds on the window clink-clank together, and the dishes in the drainer shake themselves dry." Long's cumulative text builds on itself to gain momentum until the last page, which ends in an ironic but heartfelt twist. Children will enjoy the amusing onomatopoeic phrases on every page. The wonderful illustrations rendered in gouache and ink with some cut paper portray a household of animated objects and a loving, extended family. Pair this humorous story with Audrey Wood's The Napping House (Harcourt, 1984) at bedtime or storytime.-Sheryl L. Shipley, North Central Local Schools, Pioneer, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this hoot of a picture book, a young girl describes the racket created whenever her grandparents snore. This is no ordinary snoring. For example, "When Papa snores, the lamp at this bedside rattles and shakes," and "when Nana snores, the blinds on the window clink-clank together." Trouble is, it doesn't end there. As the descriptions proceed, the sounds accumulate: Papa's lamp continues to rattle and shake, but added to the din are the sounds of his dresser drawers opening and closing and the mops in the closet dancing the tango, and even worse. Nana's cacophony keeps those blinds clinking and clanking, but in addition, the dishes in the drainer shake themselves dry and the shoes throw themselves downstairs, and so on. The fun continues until the riotous ending, when the truly loudest snorer in the family is revealed. There'll be no snoring when kids listen to this rollicking story. It's perfect for storytimes, especially if adults ham it up with the sound effects provided in the text. The pictures suggest additional sounds occasioned by all the inanimate objects' reactions to the noise. Children won't even wait for the grown-ups to render the sounds; they're bound to chime in on their own. Lively fun. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689819438
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/1/1900
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.14 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Melinda Long
Melinda Long

MELINDA LONG is a teacher and the author of the award-winning bestseller How I Became a Pirate. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina.

DAVID SHANNON is the illustrator of many successful picture books, including How I Became a Pirate. His numerous awards include a Caldecott Honor for No, David! He lives in Burbank, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2004

    great noises

    Great for boys who love to make silly noises (girls too). Don't get unless you like to read dramatically because all kinds of noises are needed to read well

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