My 15-month-old loves books with sounds in them. She loves hearing different animal sounds and pointing at the animals so that daddy will make the sounds. Noisy books aren’t best for bedtime though, unless they’re all about going to sleep, like Fleur McDonald’s new book, Noisy Nights.
Noisy Nights follows Farmer Hayden as he tries to get to sleep. It is very noisy on his farm, between the crickets, dogs, cows, sheep, horses, foxes and trains. Farmer Hayden just wants to sleep but the animals just won’t be quiet. When he goes outside to look at his farm and his animals it is the sheep who help him to get to sleep.
Noisy Nights is a delightful picture book that young readers, especially preschoolers, will love. It’s the perfect picture book to curl up with and share together at bedtime as it leaves you feeling relaxed and sleepy. It reminds me of one of my favourite books from childhood, Jill Murphy’s Peace at Last. The noises of the farm are keeping Farmer Hayden awake, much like the noises of the night that keep Mr Bear awake in Peace at Last. I certainly have fun making lots of animal noises while I read Noisy Nights. It would be a great book to act out, with different children making all the noises.
Annie White’s illustrations are the perfect match for the story as the tones of the colours are soft and the animals look cuddly. I really like the way that Annie has portrayed Farmer Hayden and his frustrations. You can see him getting increasingly tired and agitated throughout the book.
Grab a copy of Noisy Nights and cuddle up with this delightful story.
Win a copy of Noisy Nights!
Thanks to everyone who entered. The winner is Vicki.