________________ CM . . . . Volume XXIII Number 11. . . .November 18, 2016


What Noise Do I Make?

Brian McLachlan.
Toronto, ON: Owlkids Books, 2016.
64 pp., hardcover, $18.95.
ISBN 978-1-77147-150-3.

Subject Heading:
Animal sounds-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-kindergarten / Ages 1-5.

Review by Roxy Garstad.

**** /4


internal artWhat Noise Do I Make? is a charming and interactive picture book that illustrates nearly forty animals with speech bubbles denoting their (often surprising, always amusing) calls and noises. Starting with the all-familiar cat and dog, the book quickly delves into well-known animals spotted at a local zoo, such as an elephant, red panda, and zebra. Exotic creatures the pangolin, tamarin, and cicada are some of the few atypical ones - are also depicted.

     Examples of the sounds include:

Cat = Meow!
Dog = Woof!
Snake = hisssss
Alligator = Woarrrrgh
Dolphin = eeeeeee eeeeeeeeee click click click

     Every few pages, the animals interact with each other in an amusing scene (cue much hilarity at storytime!).

     The book culminates with a panoramic view illustrating the noises made by humans and our inventions, such as cars, bikes, an ice cream truck, and more.

internal art     The illustrations are drawn cartoon-style, with black outlines and brightly painted interiors, some coloured over the lines, adding a sense of hurried movement to the figures. Franz Marc-like colour choices are presented; imagine a teal and purple giraffe or a magenta and blue ostrich with legs and beak the shade of egg yolks. Its illustrations, unique content, and downright silliness present a refreshing take on the typical infant animal book. Simple, elegant, and fun, What Noise Do I Make? begs to be read aloud just not in a quiet zone!

Highly Recommended.

Roxy Garstad is the Collections Librarian at MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB.

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