What's That Noise? (Hardcover)
When Magnus the seal is awakened by a rumbling sound, it may be closer than he thinks in a funny, kid-friendly story that winds up with facts about Arctic creatures.
Rumble, rumble, rumble. . . . What’s that noise?
Magnus the Arctic seal wakes up from a very deep sleep one morning, puzzled by a strange rumbling sound. What's that noise? Could it be the creaking of the trees? The whistling of the wind? The cracking of the ice? The roaring of the sea? Hare, Owl, and Polar Bear don’t have any idea, but Walrus has a good suggestion: it could be Magnus's rumbling tummy! After a yummy feast of plump, pink shrimp, the friends all settle down to sleep — but suddenly there’s another rumbling sound. What’s that noise? Readers curious about the creatures can learn more about them and their environment in an informative final spread.
About the Author
Naomi Howarth is a costume designer as well as an illustrator. She is the author-illustrator of The Crow's Tale, which was short-listed for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in London.
A rumbling noise puzzles animals living in the Arctic in this picture book...Lovely illustrations combine pastel colors and textured mottling with plenty of white space to conjure up a beautiful and accurate Arctic landscape in all its pristine glory.
Howarth’s full-page watercolor illustrations are brushed with pastel pinks and purples, cool blues, and, of course, snowy white to create an appealing arctic landscape, but the endearing animals are the highlight. Facts about the animals and their arctic habitat conclude.
The author’s note in the back gives facts about each of the animals mentioned and talks about climate change, addressing how some of the animals, like the polar bear and the seal, are having difficulty adapting to environmental changes. This can serve as a great bridge to further discussion. A charming read-aloud and a good addition to elementary library collections.
—School Library Journal
Howarth’s art beautifully captures the Arctic in textured watercolor, alluding to the snow’s powdery texture and the swooshing of the wind; the animals are cute and striking, with the watercolor patterns lending Magnus and Walrus interestingly spotted textures on their backs in contrast with their cartoonish grins.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books