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Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Review: Grandpa's Noises

What is that strange concoction of sound that comes from every area of grandpa’s body? This includes the noises coming from his hearing aid. You may well ask and hope for an answer. 

Grandpa’s Noises is a visual and textual dictionary that will help define every sound. The origin of every bodily noise is covered and reinforced by the brilliant illustrations of Colin Rowe.

Others of the same age communicate very well with grandpa for they speak the same language. Whether he’s drinking a cup of tea, or bending his knees to sit in a chair, sound is heard.

This is the funniest most entertaining book I have seen in ages! I thought at first that there was an invisible narrator sharing their story. Then I realised it must be the ginger cat that appears on every page. How purrrfect!

I loved this book. I have experienced older people throughout my life and many are similar to grandpa. Years ago, I heard this quote: I am where he was and I’m going to where he now is. But that thought doesn’t stop me from laughing as hard as I can!

The colourful end pages are plastered with more words or rather letters depicting sounds. They are fantastic! The illustrations tell their own story through the dynamic facial expressions, body language, actions, and hand movements.

This is one not to be missed.

Title: Grandpa’s Noises
Author: Gareth St John Thomas
Illustrator: Colin Rowe
Publisher: EK Books, $24.99
Publication Date: June 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9782925335989
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book

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