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Carolinda Clatter!

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Carolinda Clatter is born noisy in a place where, legend says, loud noise will wake a sleeping giant and bring destruction. Her tale, and that of an old giant hopelessly on love with the icy moon, are told in this lovely new picture book by the 2004 Caldecott Medal winner. It's an energetic and touching story about a spirited child, the power of self-expression, and the my
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Roaring Brook Press
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This book is just something else, any way I look at it. The illustrations created by Mordicai Gerstein are surpassingly beautiful in every respect; observe, for example, the way that the light emanations from the moon are portrayed, especially for the page on which the giant is lying on his back, weeping. In my opinion, the artistic value of this book is at least very close to that of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, Mordicai Gersteins's Caldecott Medal-winning gem from 2003.

The story th
Jan 08, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an odd, but strangely reassuring tale about the solidness and security of the earth we live on. The story depicts a giant who professes his love to the moon, but unrequited, lays down to sleep for more than a hundred thousand years. In the meantime, people and animals have come to live on the giant and are fearful of waking him. When a loud little girl comes along and wakes the giant, the story comes to it's joyful conclusion. We enjoyed reading this story together.

"Once there was a giant who fell in love with the moon." What kid wouldn't want to hear a story with a first line like that?
This is a spooky story, with the deep and resonant feel of a fairy tale. The imagery and pathos is vivid, and the set-up and resolution are very emotional. My complaints were 1) the male pining for an inaccessible woman that felt like another brick in the stereotype, and the fact that it is yet another fairy tale about (predominantly) white folk. But it did strive for some racial diversity, and a girl saves the day, so I will forgive its few transgressions. It definitely is a story that sticks w ...more
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The town of Pupickton was a quiet place because of a legend that the land beneath and surrounding them was actually the body of a giant who laid down to cry hundreds of thousands of years ago because the moon would not love him back. When Carolinda Clatter is born she never stops making noise. Eventually she wakes the giant and the town folk send her to convince the giant to go back to sleep. She sings to herself to help her ease her fears and the g
I thought this was a lovely read and the illustrations are beautiful
Katherine Brown
The first thing that captivated me with this children's book was the beautiful illustrations. Initially the story began with the feeling of a mythological story, however the addition of the character Carolinda added much more depth to the plot. This would definitely engage the students.
Jennifer Borduin
I thought this was a very neat book. There's a moral lesson of being brave, and also that it's okay to be different. I really enjoyed the incorporation of music through the story, since the giant sang dogs to the moon, and carolinda played music and sings to the giant.
Really enjoyed this book - has a great beginning-middle-end for figuring out the story. Carolinda is so cute and really struggles with the rules. After all is said and done, she really is a true hero! Great illustrations.
Katie Sicking
I loved the illustrations in this book, and I thought the story was very original. This book is now one of my favorite children's picture books.
Alaina Sloo
One of my favorite read-aloud books for preschool classes. About a girl who just HAS TO MAKE NOISE, with a beautiful and surprising outcome.
What a beautiful story. Lovely illustrations and marvelous to read aloud. My whole family loved it.
Diane Greenseid
I love reading this book aloud to the students in my library. Very poetic and lyrical.
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Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, winner of the Caldecott Medal, and has had four books named New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Gerstein was born in Los Angeles in 1935. He remembers being inspired as a child by images of fine art, which his mother cut out of Life magazine, and by children’s books from the library: “I looked ...more
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