Rumble, Rumble, Grumble, Grumble: Sounds from the Sky by Jennifer Shand, illustrated by Barbara Vagnozzi

812ERsia8+L._AC_UL320_ML3_Rumble, Rumble, Grumble, Grumble: Sounds from the Sky by Jennifer Shand, illustrated by Barbara Vagnozzi. Flowerpot Press, 9781486716586, 2020

 Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? The first day of spring never sounded so good! This book is filled with all the amazing sounds that fill the sky on a spring day–including a rain storm, wind blowing through the trees, bumble bees buzzing from flower to flower, song birds chirping to each other, and an owl hooting from the treetops. What I really liked about this book is that there is a two-page spread with all the sounds such as “rumble”, “grumble”, “crash”, and “boom”. Then the words “What is that?” This gives a child some time to try and guess what could be making the sound. When the page is turned, you come to another two-page spread with a picture of what is making the sound (in this case, thunder and lightning from a storm). The pictures are colorful with very animated features on the animals and people. But, here is the best part–these books are made with tear-resistant pages and are designed to help children transition from board books to picture books. They are the size of a picture book so very young children have the feeling they are reading a picture book.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for young children, ages 6 months to two years, that enjoy animated sounds and also like the tactile experience of turning the pages in a book. This is perfect for teaching children how to be gentle with picture books. The illustrations are very bright and bold so I think young children will enjoy this book  because of that. Perfect for a child that enjoys nature including weather and animals.

Who should buy this book? Public  libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone that works with children under the age of two. This book is a perfect way to show children how to gently handle picture books while providing pages that are a little more sturdy.

Where would you shelve it? Board Books, even though it is not really a board book, I think it would appeal more to the children looking through board books.

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: November 4, 2019

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