A sympathetic and amusing tale of two boys, alone in a dark room at night. Every child (and adult!) has experienced irrational fears in a dark room at night. What's That Noise? encapsulates perfectly the strange shadows and unearthly noises made by objects that, during the day, are perfectly innocuous. Alex and his little brother Ben are all tucked up in bed with the lights out, when "Whoosh", go the night noises, and "Aroo Aroo Aroo". Alex's little brother Ben is scared. Will Alex be brave enough to cross the cold, dark floor to comfort him?
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Phyllis Root is the author of the Bonny Bumble picture books; Mrs Potter's Pig; The Hungry Monster; What Baby Wants; Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble; Aunt Nancy and Cousin Lazybones; One Duck Stuck; Kiss the Cow; and Rattletrap Car. She lives in Minnesota, USA, with her two daughters. Michelle Edwards is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including Chanukah, a picture book story about a family trying to celebrate the Jewish festival, Latkes, without their mother. Michelle lives in Minnesota, USA. Paul Meisel has a warm, lively and whimsical illustrative style, and has illustrated many books for children. He lives in Connecticut, USA, with his family.From Publishers Weekly:
This cheery tale proves that there's safety in numbers, at least in the dead of night. With the lights out, a chilly violet glow falls over the bedroom of Alex and his younger brother, Ben and suddenly it feels as if the boys are hosting a veritable convention of spooky noises ("aroo aroo aroo") and spectral shadows (a branch outside casts a shape that's a dead ringer for a boy-eating dragon). Ben wants Alex to come over to his bed and sing a silly song to buck up their spirits. But as Edwards (Chicken Man) and Root (What Baby Wants) observe, who knows what kind of "foot-grabbing, toe-biting something that went whoosh aroo hoo" might grab Alex as he makes the long, cold trek across the room? Working in watercolor and ink, Meisel (Talk to Your Cat) uses every angle of his single, almost monochromatic setting to make the boys' anxieties palpable. He also takes comic advantage of the book's horizontal format, not only exaggerating the space between the beds, but also breaking down Alex's journey to Ben's bed into three separate drawings, so that the trip is simultaneously a nail-biter and a rib-tickler. The final picture, which contrasts the vastness of the dark room with the two boys happily snuggled together in Alex's narrow twin bed, is a comforting tribute to Ben's courage and brotherly ties that bind. Ages 4-7.
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Book Description Walker Books Ltd, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Paul Meisel (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0744580404