About the Author
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.)
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
. --Kirkus Reviews