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3.26  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  21 reviews
A child experiences the sights and sounds of morning--from a bee buzzing outside to the noise of the awakening household to the flurry before Mommy and Daddy leave for work. Buzz celebrates the warm familiarity of the family routine, as well as the childlike game of discovering a recurring sound.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2000)
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(NS) Lisa
Nov 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
The soothing sound of a buzzing bee outside a window begins this story followed by the hectic routine of the morning that many families face today. From the moment the alarm clock buzzes "Wake up!" Daddy's razor smoothes his rough face in one long slow buzz and the gardener mows the grass across the street, buzz." From the buzz of the morning breakfast, to the buzz of mom's hair dryer as she gets ready for work. The buzz of the doorbell brings grandma into the story so that mom can buzz off to w ...more
Diane
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
As Mommy and Daddy begin their day and get ready for work, a child observes the morning routine at home as well as the buzzing bee outside the window, who has its own routine.
Kerry
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Lynn  Davidson
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Many things make buzzing sounds early in the morning, as discovered by a fascinated child. Nice illustrations.
Patricia
Feb 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
From the very first thick black line of the bee buzzing overhead to the bee buzzing through the legs of the mom on her way to work, this book is a visual delight. The black and yellow striped end pages are fun too. The repetition of the onomatopoeia buzz and the black and yellow stripes pulled text and illustrations together. The change in perspectives drew my eyes to look close, to follow the movement of the morning, and to step back, and to look down. The textures from the printmaking paper an ...more
CH_Emily Scholnik
Mar 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, picture-books
Grade Range K-2
This is poetry on a picture book format; perfect for a read aloud! It tells a story about a young boy who hear hears the sound, "BUZZ" from the moment he wakes to the time his mother drops him off at grandma and grandpa's house to be looked after for the day while she is at work. I think many children could relate to the boy's busy morning routine. The illustrations are colorful, fun, and cheerful! This could be a great book for beginning a unit on poetry and also in discussing fi
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(NS)JenniferA
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This is poetry on a picture book format. I would suggest that it be read aloud to young readers. It is a story about a young boy who hear hears many "buzzes" from the moment he wakes to the time his mother drops him off at grandma and grandpa's house. I think many children could relate to the boy's morning routine. The illustrations are very fun and colorful!
Michelle G.
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I never thought of how many things in my life "buzz" but the author points out twelve.

Excellent mentor text to show how sound words really bring text alive.

The art is colorful and textured. The family is bi-racial, which would make this book more real to my students, too, many who come from multicultural families, too.


Monique Clem
Buzz
By: Janet S Wong
Age: 4-7

This book is about a little boy that wakes in the mornings to buzzing noise. From his dad's razor to bumble bees outside. He discovers all the different buzzing sound that everyday items make. This is a cute little book. I think that children can relate to this with either that sound or any other sound that they might encounter in life.
AnnaBnana
Dec 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book has lots of familiar activities that kids will recognize from mornings around this house with their parents. There's opportunity to get them involved in the story with all that buzzing, too.
Marissa Elera
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noisy, sounds
I just love this simple depiction of home life and routine. Major bonus points for the illustration of the boy "shaving" his face with a toy car as his father shaves next to him, as well as the commanding profile of the boy as he demands his parents "WAKE UP!". Really well done.
Paul  Hankins
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
How many things "buzz" in the course of a day? From the bee to the alarm clock to the end of a dryer cycle, "buzzing" is explored here in a book that younger readers would love. Perhaps they might be invited to consider another sound that permeates their day. . .
Matthew
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a good book for onomatopoeia, as it emphasizes the sounds that are all around in a regular day. The perfect book to share with primary grade readers when introducing this new literary device. Simple and easily deconstructed.
Amy
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Buzz follows a preschool child through the beginning of his day, observing all the different things that buzz around him: a bee, an alarm clock, dad's razor, the blender, and more. Simple illustrations match the simple observations and make it an enjoyable parent-child read.
Mckinley
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture, multiculture
Connects sound over the course of the day.
Jen
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pb, storytime
big clean pictures. fun sound effects. short book.
Colleen
Dec 16, 2010 added it
Shelves: 1st-grade
Everyone Needs a Home unit
Miss Sarah
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bees
A little boy gets up in the morning and watches his family buzz around him as they get ready for the day. Are they bees? Cute. Not completely bee focused.
ABC
Aug 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: younger-kids
Cute book about a kid waking up and hearing "buzz" from different things--a clock, his father's razor, and so on.
Christine Turner
May 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
As Mommy and Daddy begin their day and get ready for work, a child observes this morning routine at home as well as the buzzing of a busy bee outside the window. www.hcpl.net ...more
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Janet S. Wong was born in Los Angeles, and grew up in Southern and Northern California. As part of her undergraduate program at UCLA, she spent her junior year in France, studying art history at the Université de Bordeaux. When she returned from France, Janet founded the UCLA Immigrant Children's Art Project, a program focused on teaching refugee children to express themselves through art.

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