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Canadian children’s poet Heidbreder has composed 30 short, zippy poems that move through the day, from waking up to past bedtime and into dreaming. Each poem highlights an especially noisy or funny activity or mishap (like getting your undies on backward). Heidbreder specializes in sound effects: sloppy slurp for eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner; glurpy-slurpy for playing in mud; splish splosh rub for playing in the bathtub; and, for petting a cat, Pat the cat— / mauw-mew-purr. / Snuggle-huggle / in its fur. / Soft! Some descriptions may be over some kids’ heads but could provoke deeper thoughts in others: clouds are sky shape-shifters, and a puppy’s play is tumble-swerve. Smith’s primary-color illustrations, highlighted in rough pencil, are a bit odd for a book all about noise, as the cartoon kids sport minuscule U-shaped mouths and huge blank jaws. But the kids’ skinny, twisty arms and legs convey plenty of liveliness throughout. Preschool-Grade 2. --Connie Fletcher


"... a warm portrait of suburban daily life ..." --Kirkus Reviews

"Heidbreder knows his audience and how to prompt a gush of giggles and tickles from young children ... This is a well-conceived and executed book ..." --School Library Journal

"... an accessible and entertaining collection for preschoolers." --Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554537061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554537068
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The simple joys of a child's day are captured in happy, onomatopoeic rhymes. The book has 30 fun-filled rhymes complemented by bright, colorful, and playful illustrations. The poems cover activities like waking up, watching clouds, playing tag, and back into bed with everything else in between.

Small children will love these being read-aloud and so will older noisemakers (like my six-and-three-quarters year old daughter who always enjoys reading out loud all the noise and sound words in books). It was amazing to see how every activity can be conveyed in words with sounds :)

Disclaimer:Thank you to NetGalley for sending me a digital review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read the book.
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I really enjoy reading 'fun' poetry to my kids -- stuff by Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky. And so I ordered this book from a book club flyer in the hopes of having another such book to add to our collection.

What I discovered is a book that has some good parts and some irritating parts.

What's good:
* The poems are short.
* The poems are full of onomatopoeia (words that make sounds, like "Riffle-rustle" and "slurp"), alliteration (repetitive first sounds, like "Big Belch"), and rhyme.
* The poems trace a series of small events over one busy day -- starting with getting "Out of Bed" and ending with "A Dream-filled Head." It's a cute concept and the art is also visually appealing.


* Out of 30 poems, over 20 of them will follow this exact form: Four main lines, followed by a 'zinger' line at the end. In another 5 or 6, the four main lines get followed by two 'zinger' lines. And in only a few (3-ish), does the poem actually deviate from pattern of four main lines + zinger. It usually doesn't deviate very far, but it is a little different.

* That's not the only irritating thing, though. I could survive with all of the poems being in the same form if they had a lyrical cadence that mimicked natural speech (like Shakespeare's sonnets, for example.) In these poems, though, every line has only 3-4 syllables. It means that all the poems are very, VERY short. Now, when a collection of poetry includes a few poems with super-short lines, it can feel playful. But when you're on the fifteenth poem with exactly five super-short lines, it begins to feel choppy, formulaic, and downright irritating.
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