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Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep!: Listen to the City Hardcover – May 5, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416940529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416940524
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 1—A day in the city begins and ends peacefully with the ticking of the alarm clock and a child's sleeping sounds. The pages in-between showcase scenes from the bustling streets against the backdrop of skyscrapers and public transportation. The rhymes that accompany the story are short but evocative. The day holds many sights and sounds that crescendo with the louder noises. The artist uses a vivid mix of primary and secondary colors to set the stage. At night, the city is transformed using a rich purple with the only light coming from the moon, house lights, and car headlights. Like a scene from a movie, the last spread zooms out of the boy's room to the silhouette of the city and shows a suspension bridge leading into the darkness. A more chaotic page shows lanes of cars with honking horns accompanied by a descriptive rhyme, "Drivers shouting,/In-and-outing." The sounds are placed above or below the objects producing them. The placement and size of the descriptor are never the same. The words "RUMBLE" and "RATTLE" are concealed within a trestle carrying a subway car. Close inspection reveals the boy in almost every scene. The concept is similar to Marilyn Singer's City Lullaby (Clarion, 2007), but more straightforward. A fine selection for children wanting to transport themselves to another place without the hassle of travel.—Lori A. Guenthner, Baltimore County Public Library, Randallstown, MD
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“In spare, elegant illustrations, the city is seen on many levels – underground, street and elevated – with the boy moving through a forest no less mysterious than the jungle room of Maurice Sendak.” New York Times Book Review

 

The irresistible cityscapes and playful text will have young urbanites and those anticipating big city sojourns clamoring for repeat visits” —Booklist



“A vivid sliver of city life.” —Kirkus

More About the Author

Over the past 35 years, I have published poems, reviews, essays, many filmstrips and videos, and more than 40 children's picture books.

Born and raised in Chicago, I graduated from DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana) and later received an MA in humanities from the University of Chicago. I've published books for children since the early 1990s. My books - including numerous unpublished ones! - run a broad gamut, from stories geared for pre-schoolers to survival stories and biographies aimed at seven to eleven-year-olds. My work is wide-ranging because, basically, I'm a generalist by experience - and inclination!

In addition to writing, I paint regularly under the art name Burleigh Kronquist and have shown work in one-person and group shows in Chicago, New York, and elsewhere around the country.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Tanenbaum VINE VOICE on June 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In this striking picture book, a young boy hears the different noises the city makes from morning to night. This is a terrific bedtime story for preschoolers or even toddlers; the rhyming text is extremely simple, and the illustrations, with their bright, unusual palette for cityscapes, will grab the attention of the child. The story begins with waking up in the morning with an alarm clock and ends with the city peacefully falling asleep. Various noises are depicted in the illustrations, and young children will enjoy imitating the clang clang of the bridge arms, the coo coo of the pigeons, and other typical city noises. It's also a great read-aloud for story times in classrooms or libraries. Highly recommended, especially for little boys!
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By Andi A. on February 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my 2 year old son's favorite books to read at bedtime! Highly recommended, a lyrical ode to city life.
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By Natalie on April 29, 2010
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We love this book. We checked it out from the library and it quickly became one of my 2-year-old's favorites, so we bought it. We still love it.
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I ordered this book as a donation for our local library. It came very quickly and when I took the book to the library they were so thrilled to have it. Thank you for great customer service
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