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A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound

by John Irving

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In this book, Tome is awaken in the middle of the night by a sound that he believes to be of a monster with no arms and no legs trying to move. His younger brother is still sleeping so Tom goes and wakes up his dad. After describing the many different ways the monster sounds, Tom's dad explains to him that it is merely the sound of a mouse caught between the walls.
I thought this book was just ok. I think children would like it because at young ages the idea of monsters is sort of real and they all have imaginations that turn sounds in the night into them. ( )
  KellyLPickett | Feb 11, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385746806, Hardcover)

In John Irving's ninth novel A Widow for One Year, a creepy children's book author named Ted Cole writes a bedtime story about things that go bump in the night. That odd, gently comical tale is brought to life here with Tatjana Hauptmann's shadowy, moonlit pencil illustrations. Young Tom wakes up in the middle of the night to an unusual sound, but his two-year-old brother Tim does not. When his fathers asks what it sounded like, Tom reveals a number of silly and scary options: "like a monster with no arms and no legs," or "a dog trying to open a door," or "a ghost dropping stolen peanuts"--"a sound like someone trying not to make a sound," in fact. The illustrations--with a smattering of wordless spreads--show the pajama-clad Tom wandering alone through a big empty house as bulges in the wall and long shadows hint at unseen horrors. In the end, the father tells his boys that the sound is just a mouse in the wall. Tom is immensely relieved, but baby Tim screams because he doesn't know what a mouse is, and stays up all night to ward off the furry, mysterious thing. Not too scary, nor too comforting, Irving's picture-book debut imaginatively captures that late-night world where everything looks and sounds a little like a monster. (Preschool to age 6) --Karin Snelson

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When Tom is awakened by the sound of a "monster," he tells his father what he thinks he heard.

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