Boom! Bellow! Bleat!: Animal Poems for Two or More Voices

illus. by Aaron DeWitt. 32p. Boyds Mills. Mar. 2019. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781620915202.
Gr K-3-Poems for two voices and a chorus thrum, rattle, peep, and trill in this baker's dozen celebration of the noises of animals. From booming forest elephants to singing Humpback whales to the pistol-shot BANG of a bigclaw snapping shrimp and the shrilling of spring peepers, this melange of resounding sound is graced by colorful, semi-realistic digital illustrations. Back matter introduces paragraphs of information about the featured creatures and may lead curious minds to more detailed investigations. While not as focused or as elegant as Paul Fleischman's Newbery-winning Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, this is a welcome addition to the oft-neglected 811.54s.
VERDICT This title should inspire some classroom teachers to showcase joyous presentations in school auditoriums and on parent back-to-school nights. Sprightly, informative, and FUN!-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing