What's That Noise? by William Carman

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Beautiful illustrations accompany a spare text about a boy who hears a noise and bravely sets out to discover its source. Although he imagines terrible monsters (rendered in detailed black-and-white spreads that rival Chris Van Allsburg’s work) the scary noise ends up being his father’s snores! An ultimately comical fantasy from an exciting new talent.

About William Carman

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Published July 23, 2002 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Carman showcases a flair for visual drama in this children’s debut, alternating blue-lit scenes of a puzzled-looking lad seen from a variety of angles and distances, with black-and-white renditions of lurid imaginings, from a full-spread, crack-toothed monster’s face leering from the closet doorw...

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In this sophisticated but rather chilly presentation, a boy with gleaming blue eyes and closely cropped black hair is awakened one night by a strange noise, rendered visually as a thin, smokelike ribbon of letters, which flies through his bedroom like an angry hornet.

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