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Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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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
Rogers’s pictures recall the delightful Hirschfeld tribute in the “Rhapsody in Blue” segment of Disney’s “Fantasia 2000” — kicky lines and outlines in a whirl of motion. “I huz- huzz- huzzz a kazoo when I gets the mood,” the young narrator exults. Readers will huzz right along.
—New York Times
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)
Warm up those vocal chops and get ready for the swingingest read-aloud of the year.
—Booklist (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)
Booklist called it "the swingingest read-aloud of the year." School Library Journal made it a "pick of the day." We suspect that a lot of New Orleans Santas will be making this one a pick of the day, too.
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