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WHAT WAS THAT! A Funny Story About Night Noises
by Geda Matthews
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I liked this book for three reasons. First, I liked the language in the book it was very clear and descriptive. The sentence “That eek was a baby mouse. He said, ‘Eek!’ when he slid his bare feet down between the cold, cold sheets. The creak was the sound of the bedsprings creaking when he turned over on his side to go to sleep” is an example of one of the many great descriptions used throughout this book. Next, I really liked the illustrations used throughout the book. They were very appropriate to the mood of the story. For example, the bears were scared of the noises they were hearing throughout the night, everything they were hearing was clearly illustrated throughout the story. The illustrations really enhanced the story greatly. Lastly, the writing was engaging and relatable. When nighttime comes and it’s time to go to sleep children constantly hear a number of noises and assume the worst. This was clearly depicted throughout the story. For example, “We heard a thump, clump, and bump under the floor,” the three bears cried from way down under the covers”. The three bears were so scared and the mama bear discovered that it was just a little bug. From this book we learn that the nighttime sounds are harmless. This piece of writing makes a wonderful bedtime story that is imaginative, humorous, and comforting. Overall, the main idea of this story is the fear of nighttime sounds.
Bed-time scaries are debugged in this charming, well-told tale.
This was one of my favorite picture books as a preschooler. I was afraid of the dark, and I loved seeing how all the scary noises turned out to be something innocuous. I looked for this book for over 15 years before finally getting a copy on paperbackswap.com last month.
Three skittish brothers try to comfort each other when they hear night noises in their house.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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