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Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure Hardcover – October 9, 2012

4.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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*Starred Review* Warm up those vocal chops and get ready for the swingingest read-aloud of the year. The creators of Jazz A B Z (2005) offer here an inventive and inspiring ode to the melodies and rhythms of everyday life. Using juiced-up onomatopoeia and spare rhymes that don’t miss a beat, a young trumpeter (bearing a strong resemblance to the author) catalogs the musical sounds, from traditional instruments to neighborhood noise, of his life in New Orleans: the squeeeak of a screen door, the GRrruMBle of a cookie-craving stomach, the nervy brrrawmp of a jazz trombone slide. With sly nods to the city’s musical heritage as well as jazz greats, Rogers’ pitch-perfect, retro-cool illustrations pop against the white backgrounds and give the text—which highlights the sounds in a red, varyingly sized, often undulating typeface—plenty of room to groove. A spirited entrée into poetry, artistic inspiration, or the improvisational nature of jazz, this needs a little practice to get the cadence just right, but then it will be music to everyone’s ears. Preschool-Grade 2. --Kristen McKulski

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Onomatopoeic words will challenge readers and delight listeners . . . Rogers’ hip, playfully cartoonish spreads pop with clever visual allusions to jazz tunes and players. Loud and clear, the creators show how tuning into everyday sounds can inspire music. Clap, clap, CLAP!
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

This exuberant articulation of sounds both subtle and grandiose is sure to inspire closer listening and creative responses.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Warm up those vocal chops and get ready for the swingingest read-aloud of the year.
—Booklist (starred review)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; English Language edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763639915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763639914
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is about sounds: from musical instruments (which you would expect from Marsalis) to ordinary day-to-day sounds. Or are they (ordinary)? I laughed out loud trying to pronounce these words, and yet, once I heard my own voice, I realized: that is exactly the way it sounds when I butter toast! The book is so much more than construction of sounds into words. It's a book that emphasizes listening skills. The kind of listening that my dog does - he hears things before he sees. We as humans usually see first, hear later. And often, we just don't hear at all! We tune it out, if you'll pardon the pun. After a few times through this book, don't be surprised if your toddler says: "chrrrck chrrrrck chrrrrck" when buttering the toast and "krrrrick krrrrick krrrrrick" when scratching your back! This is a very interactive book - kids will love to say the sounds/words with you. What fun.
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"A sonic adventure" indeed! This picture book features jazzy onomatopoeia with a happy and loving African-American family. Large, crisp digital illustrations look well from across a room which makes this a very nice choice for storytimes. Pair this with Froggy Gets Dressed for some "noisy" fun. Blue and white endpages show off all sorts of instruments.
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My 18 month-old makes me read this book more than once a day. She calls it "wam wam". The different sound effects make her laugh and she looks forwards to her favorite pages where she makes the sounds while I read. The book has also had a positive effect on my shy four year-old son who likes music but doesn't like attention. He tries to make the different sounds as well as we read together. I've even heard him reading the book to his sister.
Yes, there is no real story here, but that's not the point. It is an exploration of the different sounds you may hear each day, with an emphasis on musical instruments, which makes sense considering who the author is. It is fun to read aloud and one of the few books I don't mind reading over and over.
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There are so few children's books that I look forward to reading repeatedly night after night, but this one is an exception. It's original and imaginative, and the sounds encourage readers to have fun with reading aloud. It always brings out some giggles. And the illustrations are fabulous.
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I was thrilled and excited to read this selection. It is educationally sound telling a tale of music all around us. Fun! Fun! Fun! A book children will want to return to again and again. The illustrations are fabulously engaging and can light up a child's heart and mind. A must for any children's library collection.

Mary Lee
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Format: Hardcover
My daughter loves this book! She wants to read it over and over, which is just fine because it's fun to read. You can mix it up and vary the sounds each time. I love exposing her to musical instruments at her young age.
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By Dory on February 24, 2013
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My grandson, age 3, loved the book. Now he wants to learn to play the tuba when he grows up.
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I've been reading this book to my two-year-old for at least six months now, and we absolutely love it. I think it helps to be an animated reader, and a music lover, or at least someone who has a passing familiarity with the sounds different instruments can make. The text, sound effects, illustrations, and characters/setting are very visually and sonically engaging - both for me and my kid. Highly recommended.
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