Thursday, 6 June 2019

Grandpa's Noises: Book Review

When you get old you make lots of interesting noises as you do every day things - well, my grandpa does.

Title: Grandpa's Noises
Author: Gareth St John Thomas
Illustrator: Colin Rowe
ISBN: 9781925335989          Language: English

Classification: Fiction
Themes: ageing, onomatopeoia, humourous

What's it about?
This is Grandpa's story about all the noises he makes every day as he goes about his daily activities.

This book has a variety of onomatopeoias used to describe noises that Grandpa made. The illustrations of the character faces are particularly expressive.


My Thoughts
This book releases on the 1st June 2019. The main character of this book is Grandpa, an elderly gentlemen who makes lots of noises as he goes about his daily activities by a grandchild. As I was reading this book I was immediately struck by how well it would work as a companion book Spooky Sounds which also involves onomatoepias.

This book really plays on the fascination kids go through with noises people makes, including body noises. My 4-year-olds are going through that stage at the moment and they think it is the funniest thing ever.

Along with onomatopeoia usage this book also includes a simile on each page (this is when two things are compared using 'like' or 'as'). The combination of the two poetry techniques work exceedingly well in this story to create relatable scenes in a way that young children would see the situation. The onomatopoeias are written in a slightly larger, bolder font (in varying colours and textures) which allows children to easily locate the "noise" words.

I would highly recommend this book for kindegarten aged children through to grade 2, in addition I feel it would be a great interactive book to use with children with disabilities including those who are non-verbal. Interaction could be formed by students each having some kind of device/instrument (even better if they have created their own as a STEM tie-in) and they can make the "noise" when it's pointed at.

A fun ride to liven up an afternoon.


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