It’s So Quiet: A Not-Quite-Going-to-Bed Book

Chronicle. Feb. 2021. 56p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452145440.
PreS-Gr 1–Actually, Rinker’s point is that it’s not that quiet—from the sounds of wildlife surrounding this farm to a grandparent snoring on the porch and an already sleepless little mouse that shows no sign of resting any time soon. Bullfrogs. Crickets. A hound dog. Even the wind through the trees keeps Mouse awake. The illustrations, from the title page on, visually demonstrate the crescendo of squeaks, breezes, barn owl, and more, until even the youngest onlookers will have their hands over their ears. A primal holler into the din, from Mouse’s own mouth, dissipates the sounds instantly, and only the “shah, shah, shah” of the moths around a lone light whisper to the night. Even if Mouse is a stand-in for sleepless parents, this tale is a cacophonous triumph on the path to rest.
VERDICT This is fantastic story time choice.

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