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The Noisy Book by Soledad Bravi


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Soledad Bravi was born in 1965 in Paris. She has worked as an artistic director in advertising before returning to drawing. Today she is the author of many books and draws for French Elle magazine.


Combining the tidy trim size and young audience of a board book with the range of an encyclopedia, this celebration of sound is epic in its scope and delightful in its execution. Printed on thin but sturdy glossy paper, each spread pairs a simple declaratory sentence ("The monkey goes oo oo oo," "The fish go blub blub") with Bravi's friendly, chunky cartoons, outlined in thick black. Animals feature on most of the pages, though vehicles and various objects also appear, and Bravi includes some outside-the-box options, too ("The snail does nothing but move its elegant feelers"). Clever and raucous fun. Ages 1-up. (Apr.)

-- "Journal" (3/18/2013 12:00:00 AM)

In this French import, animals, machines and various objects make their signature sounds.
Each spread presents a simple sentence on the left and bold cartoons drawn with thick, black lines of the subject in question on the right. Bravi's selection of noisemakers runs from the typical ('The cat goes meow') to the surprising ('The train goes takataka takataka') to the overly abstract ('Pain goes ouch, ' which is paired with an image of an upturned tack) to the delightful ('The snail does nothing but move its elegant feelers'). Most of the quirky drawings in both muted and bold colors will be easily identifiable to little ones, but some--vehicles, for example--are a little less than clear. The title appropriately quiets everything down at the end with a kiss.
With a catalog of over 50 animals and objects on 116 thinner-than-normal-but-still-sturdy pages (probably the longest board book on record), this offering gives youngsters plenty to chatter about. --Kirkus Reviews

-- "Journal" (4/15/2013 12:00:00 AM)

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