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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure ▪ Picture book

Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure
by Wynton Marsalis 
  illustrated by Paul Rogers
October 2012  Candlewick Press  Ages 4-7
The creators of Jazz ABZ are back for an encore! With infectious rhythm and rhyme, musical master Wynton Marsalis opens kids’ ears to the sounds around us.
Story: What’s that sound? The back door squeeeaks open, sounding like a noisy mouse nearby – eeek, eeeek, eeeek! Big trucks on the highway rrrrrrrumble, just as hunger makes a tummy grrrrumble. Jazz Legend Wynton Marsalis combines the everyday sounds of doors creeking and clocks ticking, with the whomp’s and tlawk’s of classic jazz instruments to create a culmination of sounds that turns a lazy neighborhood into a concert in this exciting new book.
Story behind the story: Five years after illustrator Paul Rogers’ and musician Wynton Marsalis’ first collaboration with Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits, the creative duo present their new children’s book, which suggests the musical qualities of everyday sounds. By presenting two everyday sounds, and then an instrument that has a similar sound with accompanying poems, the story encourages children to take a closer listen. Marsalis reveals his inspiration, “When I read books to my kids I always animate the stories with sounds. So I started thinking about how everyday sounds we hear in our homes or on the street relate to the sounds of musical instruments.” Rogers hopes that the book inspires readers beyond its pages. He says “This is a book for children written by a jazz musician, and the poems are hip. I hope the drawings measure up to the words. We both hope children and their families enjoy it and listen to the sounds around their own neighborhoods in a new way.”

Read a conversation with Wynton and Paul here.

Praise for Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!:

“Loud and clear, the creators show how tuning into everyday sounds can inspire music. Clap, clap, CLAP!” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
 “Who better to lead children in a celebration of sound than jazz virtuoso Wynton Marsalis? From the “tluck…tlock” of a dripping faucet and the “Chrrick chrrrick” of toast being buttered to the noises of trucks, drums, and washboards, the musician gives voice to the sounds enveloping an African American boy throughout the day…  This exuberant articulation of sounds both subtle and grandiose is sure to inspire closer listening and creative responses.” – School Library Journal, starred review

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Anonymous said...

This book was lots of fun! I used it to teach a lesson on onomonopia to my 2nd graders. They loved the illustrations and great fonts of all the different "sound" words. We used the teacher's guide that came with the book to identify quiet, medium and loud sounds in our environment. I'd rate it a 4 overall. Thanks!

N Mills said...

I loved it. What child doesn't like to make noises. The illustrations were wonderful. 5 out of 5

Linda said...

What a wonderful way to start a Monday morning. When I checked my mailbox at school, Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! was calling out to me. As I shared the book with my 5th grade colleagues, we immediately brainstormed ideas on how we were able to use this book. The illustrations are creative, the words "sing to you" .I give it a 5 out of 5.

Sandra Hartman said...

As a librarian, I really like this book. Cute illustrations, inventive use of fonts for the sounds, just the right length for a read aloud, it is very well done. Usually I have to gather several books to illustrate onomatopoeia to the students, but now I only need this one. Definitely a 5 out of 5.

Pat Hensley said...

This book was filled with sound words! I think this would be great to use in a classroom with small children and have them make the sounds they think the words sound like. It would be fun to record the teacher telling the story and have the children add in the sounds. This would also be great for older children to use in order to find sound bites on the computer to match the story. Then they can read the story aloud to smaller children using the sounds they found. Along with the book was an insert. One side was a poster to use with the book and the other side included suggested activities that a teacher could use in the classroom. I think this would be a fun book to use in the classroom.

I enjoyed this book and would definitely give it 5 out of 5!

Susan said...

Don’t think of this as just another music book. Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! by Wynnton Marsalis can be used in the classroom for everything from English Language Arts to Math and Science. The delightful onomatopoeias, the engaging illustrations and beguiling text are a treasure trove of resources just waiting to be used in all subject areas. Check it out. You won’t be disappointed! I give it 5 out of 5.

Monika said...

The sounds and noises in this playful book will definitely delight the little readers and listeners (and ears of those who no longer have the ability to see the wonderful in everything that is loud). In a very simple way and with cute pictures, they will learn how to use the ordinary things and items that can be found around the house to create a vibrant symphony of their own. One of the Authors, Wynton Marsalis, is an accomplished musician and composers himself, and he knows his stuff. We love to sing and dance at home, but it didn’t occur to us that we can play music too, until I got this book. I read it with my little one and she squeaked and rumbled excitedly around the house, looking for new things to make noise and music with (including cat’s soft paws), and oh my, does this book encourage imagination (well hello there, headache )! I would like my daughter to grow up playing an instrument or two, and this is our first “real” music book. I give it 4.5 out of 5.

Mrs. Null said...

An example of writer and illustrator being matched to perfection in telling this story...a true sonic adventure indeed. The colors, fonts, vocabulary, fluency, diversity, and voice debate and agree to share the attention, as they are all that satisfying in this book. I think readers and viewers will really appreciate the extra touches of text in the illustrations, such as Slims Cement Mixer on the side of the cement truck to the field trip tomorrow sticky note next to the alarm clock, as much as I did. There is diversity celebrated through race, music, and religion in a seamless way. I love all the onomatopoeias and text that flows throughout the pages and off the readers lips as fluent and loud as instruments and life should. A Fantastic book!

Anonymous said...

This is a fun book and a good introduction to everyday sounds for young children. Large, bright illustrations pop off the pages and can be seen well from a distance at storytime. Not a great read aloud but fun for a read-along.

PLLoggerR said...

Wynton Marsalis' Squeak, RUmble, WHomp! Whomp! Whomp! is an amazing collection of sounds waiting for a youngster to groove. The illustrations by Paul Rogers complement the sounds beautifully. I can hardly wait to incorporate this book into a story time! A Picnic Basket 5!

Anonymous said...

Perfect for teaching onomatopoeia to students. The book is fun to read aloud and students can't help but interact! 5 stars