Sydney lives in a tall, tall building, way, way up on the fifty-second floor. She loves it there. She loves riding the elevator, she loves the view from the balcony, but most of all, she loves the quiet. Then the Kabooms move in upstairs, and everything changes. They walk loud, they talk loud, and worst of all, every Saturday night, they cha-cha-cha very, very loud.
When the noise at last becomes too much to bear, Sydney decides it's time to pay the Kabooms a visit. But when they answer the door, she's in for a HUGE surprise. . . .
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ARTHUR HOWARD is the illustrator of Cynthia Rylant's Mr. Putter & Tabby series and Kathi Appelt's Bubba and Beau series. He has also written and illustrated four other picture books of his own: Serious Trouble, Hoodwinked, When I Was Five, and Cosmo Zooms. He lives in New York City.
Kindergarten-Grade 2–New residents have shattered the peace and quiet for pint-sized Sydney, who lives on the 52nd floor of the Ivory Towers. Their name is Kaboom, synonymous with the noise emanating from the ceiling: "...when you're an elephant, sometimes a step can become a STOMP, a clink can become a CLUNK, and a bump can become a great big BOOM." Loud walking, high-volume talking, and frequent Saturday-night cha-cha parties bring about a much-needed but amicable confrontation between young Sydney and her pachyderm neighbors. Pastel-and-watercolor cartoon views of the Kaboom residence invite readers to think about the similarities between neighbors, while a full-page balcony view of the street below re-creates the perspective and isolation of Sydney's home in the clouds. A humorous tale with a subtle message of tolerance and cooperation.–Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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