What's That Noise? by Phyllis Root

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A funny, tender tale of two brothers together in one scary room—and their triumph over things that go bump in the night.




What’s that noise? Alex’s little brother, Ben, is frightened when the night
noises start up, and he wants Alex to sing a song to comfort him. But will
Alex be brave enough to walk across the cold, dark floor with the night
noises all around him?

About Phyllis Root

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Michelle Edwards and Phyllis Root live on opposite sides of the Mississippi River in Minnesota. Phyllis Root has written many children’s books on her own (including WHAT BABY WANTS, RATTLETRAP CAR, and KISS THE COW!), and Michelle Edwards has written and illustrated many children’s books on her own. WHAT'S THAT NOISE? is the first book they have written together. When the sun sets in Minneapolis, Phyllis Root grabs her teddy bear. Across the river in St. Paul, Michelle Edwards plugs in her night-light. And when they hear WHOOSH AROO HOO outside their windows, they both sing the night noises away.Paul Meisel has illustrated numerous books for children, including two books by David Elliott, THE COOL CRAZY CRICKETS and THE COOL CRAZY CRICKETS TO THE RESCUE!
Published July 22, 2002 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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The thought of crossing a cold, dark floor where “something might grab his feet” and “something might bite his toes” has Alex clutching his teddy bear—but when Ben suddenly goes quiet, he has to investigate.

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He also takes comic advantage of the book's horizontal format, not only exaggerating the space between the beds, but also breaking down Alex's journey to Ben's bed into three separate drawings, so that the trip is simultaneously a nail-biter and a rib-tickler.

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