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It's a noisy night in this city building! The residents of each floor can hear their neighbors above them, and are wondering what's going on above their heads. Climb floor by floor and page by page to find out whose singing, dancing, cheering, and cooing are keeping a grumpy old man awake.
With innovative split-level spreads that offer the feeling of climbing an apartment building floor by floor, this clever and colorful collaboration between New York Times–bestselling author Mac Barnett and gifted illustrator Brian Biggs offers an irresistible investigation of one noisy night.
|Publisher:||Roaring Brook Press|
|Product dimensions:||7.80(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Mac Barnett is a New York Times–bestselling author of more than ten picture books, including The Terrible Two as well as 2013 Caldecott Honor Book Extra Yarn, which won the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Excellence in Picture Books. He was born in 1982 to non–farmers in a California farming community. Now he lives in Berkeley.
Brian Biggs is the illustrator of approximately one bazillion children's books, three of which he also wrote. Brian creates his pictures in an old, one-story garage studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife and teenage kids nearby in a three-story house, right next to some very noisy neighbors.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
With a diverse cast, that includes a few animals, this book plays with both the customary and unusual noises heard in a city apartment building. A call and answer formula is employed throughout the text, until it is broken in the final few pages. The end papers beautifully sandwich the story, by portraying the first and eleventh floor, when the lights finally "go out." Mac Barnett strategically employs repeatable phrases to encourage the youngest readers to play along. These phrases all have the short "a" sound, such as "Blah, Blah, Blah" (Baa, La, Haw, etc). Brian Biggs then uses teasing glimpses of feet or props to help the readers anticipate or guess what's happening next above the character's heads. Employing vertical images, split at the very top and bottom of the standard book page, Biggs foreshadows the next page and carries through the last page. He employs vibrant colors and cartoon-like characters to catch the eye and play along with Barnett's masterful text. Mac and Brian have created a deceptively simple picture book that is sure to enjoy repeated readings.