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The Best Sound in the World

Written by Cindy Wume

Illustrated by Cindy Wume

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LoveReading View on The Best Sound in the World

October 2018 Debut of the Month |

What’s the best sound in the world? Ray the little lion is determined to find out, because he thinks that will help him become a famous musician (he plays the violin). He spends hours bottling beautiful sounds – the plip-plop of rain in the forest, the tweeting of birds in the mountains, the chitter-chatter of the market – but just can’t decide. His neighbour little lemur Jemmy tries to help, but Roy is just annoyed when Jemmy dances to his music, or claps in time. Indeed, it takes him the whole book to realise that Jemmy’s friendship helps him make the best sounds ever. It’s a lovely story, beautifully told and Cindy Wume’s illustrations are gorgeous.  A charming and original picture book that should become a real favourite.

Andrea Reece

The Best Sound in the World Synopsis

Roy is a lion and a sound catcher. He catches the sounds of the city and makes them into music, trying to avoid the annoying attentions of his neighbour, Jemmy. Feeling like his music isn't good enough, Roy goes on a journey to find the best sound in the world for inspiration. He hears the pitter-patter of the rain in the forest, the wind whistling through the desert and the hustle and bustle of the souk at sunrise, but none of it helps - he can't decide which is the best sound. Just as he's about to give up, he hears a familiar voice... can Jemmy teach him that perhaps there are lots of beautiful sounds, not just one, and that for Jemmy, Roy's music is the best of all?

This gorgeous debut picture book is both a lesson in subjectivity and a heart-warming tribute to the power of friendship.

The Best Sound in the World Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Lovely story which has packed tons of different themes into such a short book. Friendship, differences, music and having fun! Full review

Edith and Ceci (Age 5 and 2.5)

The Best sound in the World is a sweet book which my youngest daughter loved listening to. She loved the journey Roy took around the world. Full review

Amatullah and Abidah Khatun (Age 8 and 2)

Roy is lion with a big dream. He searches for the most beautiful dream in the world but realises everyone needs their friends to help them. A charming book full of beautiful illustrations. Full review

Abbie Collings (Age 6)

Don't go looking for the best sound in the world when it is right under your nose!! Full review

William (Age 6)

The Best Sound in the World Press Reviews

Simply charming -  The Sun

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ISBN: 9781786031693
Publication date: 29/08/2018
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786031693
Publication date: 29th August 2018
Author: Cindy Wume
Illustrator: Cindy Wume
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 40 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, Reviewed by Children

About Cindy Wume

Cindy Wume is an illustrator and writer from Taiwan. She graduated in 2014 for the bachelor degree in literatures and then went to U.K for completing an MA in Children’s Book illustration at Cambridge School of Art. Her works were selected in Bologna Book Fair Exhibition in 2016 and 2018. ‘The Best Sound in the World’ is her first picture book both as an author and illustrator. Cindy loves drawing, reading, collecting and making picture books the most. When she is not at work, she enjoys hanging out with friends and having sweets. Follow her on Instagram here.

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