PPBF: Too Noisy!

Author: Malachy Doyle
Illustrator: Ed Vere
Publisher: Candlewick, 2012
Ages: 3 and up
Themes: families, noise/quiet, tolerance
Opening: CRASH! JANGLE! Meet the Bungles – Whistle! Tweet! Toot!
Summary: (from my library catalogue) The Bungles sure are a large and noisy bunch! So noisy that Sam, the middle Bungle, has no room to think and is desperate to escape his booming, twooting, banging, clanging family. So off he wanders into the woods for some peace and quiet.

I like this book because: I love critters in picture books that I am not quite certain of  – are the Bungles raccoons? Could be, maybe. And how Vere used silhouettes for all the other critters, aside from the family pet and a butterfly. Doyle lyrical flair shines through – he really knows how to imbibe rhythm without the use of a formal rhyme, though the main character surprises himself with one!

Resources/activities: What a great way to start a discussion on noise in the classroom and respecting others! I imagine the class could make a poster(s) of self portraits and have the kids make speech bubbles just like the ones in the book, an include some of there likes and dislikes that may or may not have to do with classroom behavior. And if you’re really into picture book making, head over to Picture Book Den, an informative blog Doyle shares with other others. AND here is a great review on the same book with fabulous activity suggestions at This Picture Book Life – HERE

For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

30 thoughts on “PPBF: Too Noisy!

  1. The colored but wordless speech bubbles in the spread you showed us are hilarious! I can commiserate with the seeking quiet thing. I think most introverts seek it. 🙂 I’m a bit behind in my PB reading. I just got Little Boy Brown on Wednesday and won’t get to read it until next week. Who knew beta reading a 95K word novel would take so long? 😉


  2. The illos are adorable and I love the concept. I know an introvert who lives with lots of loud siblings and I often wonder how he copes.


  3. I love the looks of this Julie. The art reminds me a little of your style. I’m one of those people who can work in absolute silence and yet hear music in my head…I’m always asking hubby to turn down something…or suggesting the quiet game to grands. Guess I’d better find this book and see what the solution is…


  4. Great way to help kids focus their listening skills — sounds are everywhere. I like the illustrations — I wonder if the animal family represents a multitude of animals so that kids can use their imagination. Fun choice.


  5. I’m late, but just put it on hold at the library when I saw the cover! Then, I came back to read your post. It’s ON HOLD! yay!


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