Too Noisy! by Malachy Doyle

Too Noisy!

Written by Malachy Doyle
Illustrated by Ed Vere

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Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 Sam’s family all love noise. And they make a lot of it! When Sam has had just too much noise, he sets off to enjoy the deep peace of the forest. But being alone has its problems too…How Sam learns to love his family and the noise it makes is entertainingly captured in Ed Vere’s lively illustrations.


Too Noisy! by Malachy Doyle

This is a heartwarming read-aloud (shout-aloud!) comedy from Malachy Doyle, boldly illustrated by Ed Vere, about a very noisy family and a very quiet middle child...who just wants some peace!! The Bungles are ever such a noisy bunch and Sam, the middle Bungle, is desperate to escape his booming, twooting, banging, clanging family. So, off he wanders into the wood for some peace and quiet. Deeper and deeper he goes, until ...EEK! What's that climbing up his trouser leg? Beek! He's lost and cold and scared! Oh, how he misses the comfortable hullaboo of his own Bungle tribe. But wait ...what can he hear?! A boomty-boomty-booming! Who could it be? You've guessed it! It's his family all a-banging, squeaking and squawking! Sam realizes that quiet may be good ...but noisy's just as good sometimes - especially when you're lost! This is a perfect book for families! Children will instantly relate to the character of Sam and his chattering brothers and sisters - who is the noisiest in your house? Ed's distinctive and energetic style is the perfect match for Malachy's striking language.

About the Author

Malachy Doyle

Malachy Doyle was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland in 1954. His parents had recently moved up from Dublin and named him, their seventh child, after a local saint. They lived in Whitehead, a small town at the mouth of Belfast Lough all his childhood; his father still lives there. He went to secondary school (Saint Malachy’s College) in Belfast, and then to Bolton, Lancashire where he studied for a degree in Psychology. Malachy taught in Leeds for a year, followed by six months packing Polo Mints. He then worked for seven long years in advertising, firstly for Rowntree Mackintosh in York and later for general foods in Banbury, before buying a small holding in West Wales.

To feed his wife, Liz, their three young children, Naomi, Hannah and Liam (now teenagers), and numerous goats, pigs and chickens, Malachy took a job as a care assistant in a local Residential Special School. For the next seven years he darned socks, patched jeans and generally looked after the children there, before being offered the post of Deputy Head at another Special School. They moved to Machynlleth, a small town on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, and three years later he began to write for children. He now writes full time, apart from visiting schools or escaping into the mountains, and his books are available in eleven different languages.

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40 pages
Interest Age: 3 years +


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

6th September 2012




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