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

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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 — eeek, eeeek, eeeek! Big trucks on the highway rrrrrrrumble, just as hunger makes a tummy grrrrumble. Ringing with exuberance and audit...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Candlewick Press
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Kathryn
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.
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!
David
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...more
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
Barbara
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
Emilie
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...more
Barbara
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.
Lara
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...more
Tasha
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
Angela
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...more
Christine Turner
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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...more
Kathy Ellen Davis
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
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
Elaine Bearden
PreS-gr3
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...more
Dolly
Oct 30, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Erin
A journey through the noises of a day. Great for a music storytime, but the reader must commit to making some pretty wild noises!
Kasey
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.
Jeanne
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.
Kristina
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
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
Lindsay
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.
Amy
A super fun book for young ones letting them know that musical sounds can really happen anywhere. I can see this being a great tool to use in kindergarten music to teach different ranges of sound. It might have been a good idea to include a cd with the book....or a downloadable song to help illustrate all the many sounds that are included in the book. They may be too hard to pronounce without it.
Angela
In the tradition of CHARLIE PARKER PALYED BE BOP comes a new jazzin' storybook that begs to be read/sang/vocalized/harmonized and enjoyed for it's rhythm. The color palate brings the music alive, without being over-the-top and the mood will surely liven up a storytime. Recommended for schools and libraries and more of a read-aloud or read-together than for independent reading.
Romelle
This book, written in rhyme, by world-renowned jazz composer and musician, Wynton Marsalis, gives us an acoustic tour of a busy neighborhood. This is more a concept story full of fun onomatopoeia. When you read the book aloud, it sounds like a lot of rambling mumbo jumbo that may either annoy or tickle the youngest reader. Either that or I need to work on my sound effects.
Cassie
One of our favorites! This book has fabulous illustrations with lots of instruments along with everyday things like trucks and squeaky doors. I love that this book introduces kids to instruments they might not yet know about in a such a fun way. The sounds are brilliant and the book always held my 16 month old's attention.
Darlene
This fictional book is geared for primary readers. There are sounds all around us! The author of this book, Wynton Marsalis, tells us of all the sounds he hears around his neighborhood. He hears the squeak of his back door and the eeek of a nosy mouse. Read this book to find out all of the sounds Wynton hears.
Beth
I am a sucker for any book that has anything to do with music so a picture book by Wynton Marsalis is definitely going to catch my attention. Each page is full of the sounds of daily life made into a musical melange of onomatopoeia. I'd love to hear this book read backed up by some jazz musicians.
Melissa
Great retro illustrations, fun shoutouts to New Orleans & musicians in the details. It doesn't quite scan for a good read aloud rhythm, so this is a good book for taking one line at a time & being noisy with, letting the rhyming words be one more example of the great sounds we hear every day.
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