NONFICTION

Sound: Shhh...Bang...POP...BOOM!

Chronicle. Oct. 2020. 64p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781452179780.
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Gr 2-5–This title is a silent symphony of superlative noise. The text completely and comprehensively describes the qualities, sources, and uses of sound. This vibrant picture book is particularly wonderful when the text focuses on music and melody; the music of life is everywhere, from speech to nature, from trombones to gramophones, from rumbling bellies to crying babies. The absence of sound is explored as well—communicating in sign language, meditating, or simply being present in quiet moments with loved ones. The interplay of stillness and activity is at the core of this aesthetic delight, which buzzes with neon energy and features a logical narrative flow enhanced by beautiful flourishes. This book is a deliberate visual project, as much an experiment in graphic design as a representation of its subject.
VERDICT A joyful moment of reflection on our noisy, cacophonous world. A great discussion-starter for elementary school children, perhaps best experienced with the guidance of a parent or teacher.

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