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Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  331 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
The creators of Jazz ABZ are back for an encore! With infectious rhythm and rhyme, musical master Wynton Marsalis opens kids’ ears to the sounds around us.

What’s that sound? The back door squeeeaks open, sounding like a noisy mouse nearby — eeek, eeeek, eeeek! Big trucks on the highway rrrrrrrumble, just as hunger makes a tummy grrrrumble. Ringing with exuberance and audit
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Candlewick Press
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Aug 28, 2013 Kathryn rated it liked it
A fun story that shows how music is everywhere if you simply listen to the symphony all around you. I really liked how things began, the narrative flowed well with the sounds as it seemed very much in keeping with what a kid might notice in his daily life, but toward the end things seemed to get a bit jumbled with more sounds than story. Maybe it was just me--or maybe that was the point and it just didn't really work when I read it aloud. Still, I would recommend it as a way of showing how every ...more
Josie B.
Feb 18, 2014 Josie B. rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
I paired this with "Mr. Brown Can Moo" for a rhyming, noisy storytime focused on phonological awareness, the ability to hear the smallest sounds in words. The children loved repeating and improving on the sounds Imitated in the book. I would love to hear Mr. Marsalis read this!
Apr 09, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! a sonic adventure by [Wynton Marsalis], illustrated by [Paul Rogers], is a rollicking picture book tour of a busy, noisy New Orleans reighborhood, focusing on sounds.

Rogers' detailed illustrations were done in ink and finished digitallty. Lots of details make it clear this is New Orleans, such as the title page cityscape, a Saints newspaper headline, a Jazz fest poster, and the letering on a bass drum. Musical instruments are featured including a saxaphone, t
Jessica Hottman
Squeak, Rumble, WHOMP! WHOMP! WHOMP! by Wynton Marsalis is said to be a sonic adventure, and it is just that. I was so impressed by how entertaining this book was. The narrator is a little boy from New Orleans and he tells us all about his life and culture through the different sounds he hears in a day. From squeaks to grumbles to tlocks, tlicks, and tlacks, this book is like a song with the most interesting sounds the world around us makes. For instance, the “chrrrick chrrrick chrrick chrrrick ...more
Oct 04, 2015 Sylvester rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, squirt, 2015
5* art
4* concept

An awesome book for teaching about sounds. I wish I was better with sound effects, dang it! Squirt is all about different noises and loves to identify them, so this was a lot of fun. Incredible illustrations, too.
With several visual and textual references to the sights but especially the sounds of New Orleans, this picture book illustrates just how much music surrounds in our daily lives. The ink illustrations that were finished digitally allow those sounds to receive attention as they move across the book's pages. A boy begins his day by opening up a squeaking back door and hearing the sounds of his home and neighborhood. Music can even be found in the simple act of buttering toast or the sounds made by ...more
Oct 01, 2013 Emilie rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens-books
I love Wynton, but there are some really unfortunate flaws in this book. First is that it is impossible for young readers to read alone. It is best suited for a 7-8 year old. Second is that it contains multiple grammatical errors. Although this goes along with the jazzy and playful tone of the book, I still don't want my children reading, "I huz-huzz-huzzah a kazoo when I GETS the mood".

The words are fun, the illustrations delightful, but they can't fix those two major flaws and that ruins the
Lots of things (trucks, water faucets, etc) make sounds - and some create a rhythm of their own. The reader of this story will need to practice making the rhyming sounds of brrrumble and rrrrumble and grrumble, and tluuck, tluck, tlawck, tlock, tlaack. tlack, tlick (pizzicato violinists) and many others before trying to read this in front of a group. If you've got a vocal group, this would be a great call-response read for preschoolers.
Feb 18, 2013 Lara rated it really liked it
I really love the idea of this book, that there's music all around us if we listen. I tend to like books better that have an actual narrative to them, and this one is mostly just sounds, but I enjoyed it much more than I usually do other books like it. The illustrations are great, and I like the changes in font size to describe the volume of various sounds. Very fun...
Beth Maline
This book was written by a jazz legend, and is very simple in its message. Music and 'noise' surrounds us all, and is a part of all of our daily lives. The story, with simple art drawings, is about sounds and how everyday life makes its own music. And some of the simple connections the author makes signal a smile for the reader...when they connect to things like 'the door squeaks' and 'the mouse eeeks' and his when his sister plays her instrument it 'speaks'.

And when you get to hunger making a
Sep 20, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This very jazzy picture book will have your toes tapping along in no time. It’s the story of a young boy who sees the noise, music and rhythm in everything around him. From the squeak of the back door to the rumble of trucks on the highway, it all makes the music that surrounds him. Throughout the book, real musical instruments are also woven into the loose storyline. There are bass drums, his sister’s saxophone, violins, a trombone, tubas, and even a full band or two. Coming from Marsalis, read ...more
Best for kids ages 4 and up
Early Literacy Skills: Print Motivation, Vocabulary, Phonological Awareness

From cover:
What’s that sound? The back door squeeeaks open, sounding like a noisy mouse nearby — eeek, eeeek, eeeek! Big trucks on the highway rrrrrrrumble, just as hunger makes a tummy grrrrumble. Ringing with exuberance and auditory delights, this second collaboration by world-renowned jazz musician and composer Wynton Marsalis and acclaimed illustrator Paul Rogers takes readers (and listener
Feb 13, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
tried to read it to my one year olds, they could care less. now they are two and they love it! especially the tuba sound. there are a couple pages (sounds) that feel more like filler and work, but it is a great book.
Emily Bayci
Jun 22, 2015 Emily Bayci rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
A rhythmic, rhyming book of sounds, with diverse characters. Each page features text in a different color, size, font and layout! This would be a super fun read aloud for toddler story time or baby time.
Not really a story, lots of really difficult to pronounce sounds! So great for phonemic awareness.

Went OK at storytimes (May Music month) but would practise more if I did it again.
Christine Turner
Dec 30, 2012 Christine Turner rated it liked it
Shelves: music, 2012
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The creators of Jazz ABZ are back for an encore! With infectious rhythm and rhyme, musical master Wynton Marsalis opens kids' ears to the sounds around us. What's that sound? The back door squeeeaks open, sounding like a noisy mouse nearby...eeeek, eeeek, eeeek! Big trucks on the highway rrrrrrrumble, just as hunger makes a tummy grrrrumble . Ringing with exuberance and auditory delights, this second collaboration by world-renowned jazz musician and composer Wynton Marsalis and accla
Kathy Ellen Davis
Feb 01, 2014 Kathy Ellen Davis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I loved all the fun sounds of this book!
Great illustrations too,
and I love that it's set in New Orleans!
A GREAT read aloud!
Kiran Poet
Sep 12, 2013 Kiran Poet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, reviewed
First impressions do make a difference. Impeccable illustrations and text! This book is appropriate reading for children of all ages. Centered in New Orleans, a young boy and his cat experience nature's words. Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure takes the reader on an journey outside of the book into a world pleasurable to the senses. From truck drivers to this young boy's family, sounds are neither good or bad. Perception is the key and this child's perception is in check. A ...more
Apr 20, 2016 Casandria rated it liked it
Shelves: preschool, picture
A cool look at the sounds around us.
Elaine Bearden
Oct 15, 2012 Elaine Bearden rated it liked it
Really interesting onamatopoetic book, which connects the sounds musicians make and the sounds we hear every day. It reminds me a little of Tanka, Tanka, Skunk, which is another book that begs to be read aloud. However, Tanka does not use onamatopoeias, so is easier to read. I always find sound words to be a little tricky - and here is a whole book. Nonetheless, I'm eager to read this aloud to a group of kids, because it seems to be consistent with how it rhymed and seemed that it would
Oct 30, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Loads of onomatopoeia and a jazzy, rhyming narrative make this a fun book to read aloud, although I have to admit that I would've liked to have heard this one narrated aloud - I get the feeling that I didn't do all the noises justice. Still, the book shows that music comes from all over, not just musical instruments and I loved that it celebrates the sounds around us. The illustrations are colorful and complement the narrative nicely - we loved the different fonts. We enjoyed reading this book t ...more
A journey through the noises of a day. Great for a music storytime, but the reader must commit to making some pretty wild noises!
Oct 24, 2012 Kasey rated it liked it
This book is just as exciting as the title makes it seem. It is written in verse form and is all about sounds. It is a very interactive book where children could help to make the sounds the second time around reading it. Every child loves to make noises and so this book is a fun one. I think this is a fitting book for younger children around the kindergarten age.

Marsalis, W., & Rogers, P. (2012). Squeak! rumble! whomp! whomp! whomp!. Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick.
Oct 28, 2012 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
Summary: This is a picture book about Jazz music and the different sounds of both instruments and other everyday sounds children might hear.

Audience: This is for pre-school and very early elementary.

Appeal: Written my Wynton Marsalis, this book is a credible source for children beginning to learn about music.

Implementation: I would use this book to do a book talk about music books or a segment about different types of music and instruments.
Courtney Weeks
Dec 12, 2015 Courtney Weeks rated it really liked it
Shelves: edu-365
This would be a good book to read when teaching about literary devices. It would be a good Anticipatory set for a lesson on Onomatopoeias.
Kids can make noises along with you. Fairly long book to read aloud, so might want to skip over some parts with very young or restless kids.
Lisa Ard
Nov 26, 2012 Lisa Ard rated it it was ok
Catchy text layout and simple, yet attractive, illustrations are the positive attributes to this picture book, that blends musical instrument sounds with the everyday noises around us. However, rhyming feels forced and the tempo uncertain in the wording. Perhaps this is a book that each reader makes his own and with repeated readings delivers a favorite tune, but this reader couldn’t make it happen.
Lisa Ard
as written for the Portland Book Review
This is sort of like an updated version of Dr. Seuss' Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?, but the noises are sounds that instruments make when played. I haven't used the book for bilingual story time yet, but I can definitely see kids having fun making all the great sounds in Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! I also love the illustrations and the introduction to instruments used in jazz music in which young children may not yet be familiar.
Sunnyvale Librarian
Jazz musician Marsalis shows young readers how sound is all around us. It surrounds us through the day as doors squeak and mice go eek, as feet flop-flap and hands clap-clap and then there is the sound of drums, ting, tink-y, ting, tap and piano, pling, pling, pling, plap! Rogers' lively artwork and Marsalis' jubilant text celebrate the sounds of the neighborhood and the joy of music.
Simon Sweetman
Apr 15, 2015 Simon Sweetman rated it liked it
Not quite as clever - or cool - as JAZZ A-B-Z but still a lot of fun.
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Wynton Marsalis has been described as the most outstanding jazz artist and composer of his generation. He has helped propel jazz to the forefront of American culture through his brilliant performances, recordings, broadcasts, and compositions as well as through his leadership as the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC). Wynton Marsalis is the music director of the world-renowned Linc ...more
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