Synopses & Reviews
When a little boy can't fall asleep, he imagines all of the late-night noises in his house as extraordinary adventures. With illustrations by the illustrator of the best-selling "Diary of a Wombat," the outlandish images of bedtime dreams are brought to life.
From the "hisss" of a heater to the "whiee" of the wind, noises suddenly become other fantastic sounds and soon lead to great adventures for a newly tucked-in boy and his dog. The drip of a faucet becomes the waves splashing the bow of his great ship and the boom of thunder is the drumroll for a circus trapeze artist.
With dynamic, vibrant illustrations by the popular illustrator, Bruce Whatley, and musical rhyme by Beth Raisner Glass and Susan Lubner, "Noises at Night" perfectly captures the imagination of every sleepless child at bedtime and shows kids that bedtime is more fun than scary-and exhausting! After all of his dream-like wanderings, the boy and his dog fall asleep.
"Wide-eyed and alert, an unnamed boy narrator describes in rhyming verse the sounds that 'float through my house.' The first two pale blue and shadowy black spreads evoke a mood of eerie quiet. But when the boy reveals his strategy for warding off fear ('I like to pretend when I shut off the light,/ The noises turn into adventures at night!'), cheerful reds and whites brighten a humorous illustration of a nervous dog sitting atop the boy's head, and the fun begins. A dripping faucet launches a watery fantasy: 'I'm a sea captain now/ I skim over waves that slap onto the bow'; a hissing furnace becomes a snake that he'll charm into a trance. Each anxiety-making sound sparks a fantasy in which the empowered child, wearing a range of costumes (and teddy bear in tow), takes control of the situation. Whatley's action-packed illustrations unfold against a background of thick, swirling brushstrokes, exuding an exuberant charm. At long last, the boy's eyelids close, and the 'sound of the quiet now puts me to sleep.' Readers with nighttime anxieties may well find this story's playful coping strategy a helpful model. Ages 4-8. ." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Beth Raisner Glass and Susan Lubner live outside of Boston, MA, with their families. Being mothers of young children, they both have much experience with noises at night. Bruce Whatley has illustrated numerous best-selling books for children, including Diary of a Wombat (an ALA Notable Book and CBC Honor Book), The Night Before Christmas, and The Teddy Bears' Picnic by Jerry Garcia. He lives in Australia.