Be Quiet, Mike! by Leslie Patricelli

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Digga-digga-digga-digga, zat, zoom, crash! Leslie Patricelli's lovable (but noisy!) new character finds an ingenious way to create a sound all his own.

Even before he was born, Mike started drumming. Kick! Thump! Pow! Wherever he goes, his rhythms sing: swis, thak, go his books; bang, clank, goes the trash can; tap, tap, go his pencils; and "BE QUIET, MIKE!" yells everyone around him. But one day Mike sees a drum set in a store window-- and puts his hands-on talents to work in a most impressive way. W ith the bold graphic style and clever details her readers love, Leslie Patricelli strikes a cymbal for active, high-energy little monkeys everywhere.

About Leslie Patricelli

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Leslie Patricelli is the authorillustrator of the award-winning HIGHER! HIGHER! and two stories about the Patterson puppies. She is also the creator of a series of best-selling board books starring an adorable bald baby. Leslie Patricelli lives in Ketchum, Idaho, with her husband (a drummer!) and three children.
Published August 23, 2011 by Candlewick. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This monkey’s motivation is not mischief: “Mike tried to be quiet, / he tried to be still, / but the beat of his heart / was stronger than his will.” Particularly poignant is his silence from self-applied tape.

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In BIG Little, heads are BIG, but toes are little.

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Mike, a little monkey who started beating time in utero ("kick thump pow" comes through loud and clear on the obstetrician's stethoscope), turns everything from a garbage can to his sister's dolls into percussive instruments.

Jun 13 2011 | Read Full Review of Be Quiet, Mike!

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“He played with his fingers, he played with his feet- a funky little monkey with a beat, beat, beat.” The illustrations practically vibrate with the sound of Mike’s drumming and the pages include lots of onomatopoetic sounds “ swish, thack, thwack, bong.” The refrain of family, neighbors and tea...

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