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What's That Noise?

Written by Naomi Howarth

Illustrated by Naomi Howarth

Animal Stories Ecological and Environmental Interest - Fiction Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers Humorous Stories about Animals

LoveReading View on What's That Noise?

An evocative Arctic setting for a humorous story of animals on the track of a mysterious noise

Naomi Howarth’s beautifully expressive pictures have seen her twice nominated for the Kate Greenaway medal and shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize and she is renowned for bringing the wonders of the natural world to life for young readers. In this picture book, which would be a perfect resource for Cold Places topics, we first meet Magnus the Ringed Seal woken from his slumbers by a loud rumbling noise. What could it be? Neither he nor any of his friends- the Arctic Hare, the Snowy Owl, the Arctic Fox and the Polar Bear can identify the source of the noise. It’s not the wind nor the ice breaking or trees creaking. But when they reach the sea, wise Walrus has an idea. Magnus is told to dive for juicy pink shrimps, and he brings back a feast for them all to share. Suddenly they realise the noise has stopped and it was Magnus’s hungry stomach all along. In a delightful denouement, when they all try to sleep, another loud noise wakes them and this time it is Magnus’s snores! The animals are realistically depicted in their glorious Arctic settings but are simultaneously real characters that children can engage with. The end papers have key facts about all the animals featured. This is an enjoyable repetitive tale and a lovely introduction to the animals of a threatened habitat.

Joy Court

Other Info

* Delightful and atmospheric picture book with an Arctic setting

* Stars endearing new character Magnus the Ringed Seal, and also features an Arctic hare, snowy owl, polar bear, Arctic fox and walrus

* Beautifully expressive pictures by an illustrator who was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize in 2015

* Great read-aloud story with gentle humour

What's That Noise? Synopsis

What's that noise? Could it be the creaking of the trees? Or the whistling of the wind? Or the cracking of the ice?

One morning Magnus the seal is wakened by a strange, rumbling sound and he sets off across the Artic plains to ask his friends what could be making the noise....

Hare, Owl, Fox and Polar Bear all try to help, but it is clever Walrus who may have the answer! Set in the Arctic, with beautiful illustrations, this is a funny and delightful picture book - perfect for reading aloud.

What's That Noise? Press Reviews

"From cover to cover, it’s a stunner." ~ Red Reading Hub on The Night Dragon

"The artwork is the star of the show [...], the illustrations make this book feel like a treasure. " ~ Booktrust Books we Love on The Night Dragon

"Howarth brings a gorgeously vibrant style to her watercolour and lithography illustrations" ~ The Financial Times on Tug of War

"Colorful and eye-catching artwork... A heartfelt debut" ~ Kirkus Review on The Crow's Tail

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ISBN: 9781910959701
Publication date: 01/10/2019
Publisher: Otter-Barry Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910959701
Publication date: 1st October 2019
Author: Naomi Howarth
Illustrator: Naomi Howarth
Publisher: Otter-Barry Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Animal Stories, Ecological and Environmental, Humorous, Animals

About Naomi Howarth

Naomi Howarth was born and brought up in Edinburgh, Scotland, and studied Costume for Performance at the London College of Fashion, where she graduated with a First in 2010. She worked in the film industry for eighteen months before deciding to pursue a career in illustration. Naomi’s illustrations combine lithography with watercolour, and she has a strong interest in myth, legend and folklore. Naomi's books tell timeless and meaningful tales that engage young readers to think about the inspiring wonder of the natural world. In 2014 Naomi won a place on the inaugural Picture Hooks mentoring scheme and was mentored ...

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