From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–A bedtime story with a new twist, told in jaunty rhymed couplets. A boy describes the noises he hears at night, but instead of being frightened by them, he dreams up wild adventures for himself and his teddy bear suggested by the various drips, taps, and creaks. The hiss of the heater is a snake that he has charmed, the vroom of a truck is the roar of his plane, and the boom of thunder becomes the drum roll for his circus trapeze act. The last sound is the SHHH, SHHHHHH of the quiet that puts him to sleep. Instead of a fearful and anxious protagonist, the authors present a boy who handles scary situations with a clever coping strategy. Whatley's spirited acrylic spreads incorporate delightful bits of humor, such as the nervous pet dog that acts as a comic foil to the brave boy. While this tale does not have the calming verse and quiet reassurance of standard bedtime fare, it is a welcome departure from the formula. Pair it with Laura Simms's The Squeaky Door
(Random, 1991) for a storytime featuring bumps in the night.–Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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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.