Title: City Noise.
Publisher: Harpercollins, New York, NY
Publication Date: 1994
Binding: Library Binding
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Ed; First Printing indicated.
INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY THE ILLUSTRATOR. First Ed; First Printing indicated. Near Fine in Near Fine DJ: Both book and DJ show only minute indications of use. Book shows binding square and secure; text clean. DJ unclipped; mylar-protected. Overall, very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 4to. Unpaginated. Illustrated by Renee Flower. Hardback with DJ. Kuskin ( City Dog ; The Philharmonic Gets Dressed ) and first-time illustrator Flower seize on urban cacophony and turn it into a celebration of life itself in this dynamic picture book. A girl discovers a tin can in the street and holds it up to her ear to hear the secrets it keeps: the roar of city life tumbles out, like a genie escaping from a lamp. With a few well-chosen words ("Squalling Calling Crashing Rushing") the noise level intensifies, matched by comically frenetic pictures in which every object (house, car, garbage can) is personified and given a manic expression. All is frenzied movement and color. In this carnival-like setting cars honk and belch; ships smoke; people joke, laugh and yell; trains squeal. Even the words "reds and greens" are an invitation for mayhem. Noise here is equated with "Living Living Living"--and certainly the book is a whirling, swirling, crazy, colorful ode to sound. There is much child appeal here in both text and artwork, although parents may be praying for peace and quiet after successive readings. For Ages 4-8. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY THE ILLUSTRATOR. Bookseller Inventory # 40860
Synopsis: In this great read-aloud with a buoyant urban beat, a little girl holds a tin cup up to her ear like a conch shell and hears crashing, calling, rushing, honking, and joking. Kuskin has composed an urban symphony full of the life and energy that gives a city its city sound. Flower's visually riotous illustrations will delight country and city kids. Full color.
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