we were out of the special hypoallergenic cat food that keeps Lady Jane healthy. Unfortunately, so was the local store, so I had to go a different store in an area of the city I rarely ever have cause to go to.  It wasn’t a fair distance away, but it felt like a pretty out-of-the-ordinary excursion.

I should probably have adventures more often.


Wynton Marsalis and Paul Roger’s Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! is appealing for young readers for many obvious reasons: the illustrations are bright and energetic; the book draws on onomatopoeia in a way that children are automatically drawn to; it’s fun to read aloud. The book points out the sounds we encounter in every day life (the scraping of a knife over toast, rumbling trucks, creaking door hinges, for example), and presents these sounds as different kinds of musical instruments. And intermingled with these everyday instruments are what we more conventionally think of as musical instruments: tubas, trumpets, saxophones basses, and violins — whose sounds the book also introduces to its readers. Children thus move from familiar everyday sounds (that become musical) to perthaps less familiar instruments (that enter into the realm of the everyday). The result is a fun harmonious celebration of all kinds of sounds and music!


Marsalis, Wynton. Illus Paul Rogers. Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2012.

17 October 2014


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