Doyle’s story is simple—quiet Sam is overwhelmed by his big, noisy family—yet the writer’s exuberant, Gaelic-tinged wordplay and Vere’s edgy visuals give it real excitement.
Sam is bombarded by noise in Doyle’s captivatingly onomatopoeic free verse. Vere illustrates sound as colorful bubbles and bursts that issue forth from each family member. . .Quiet thinkers will enjoy meeting a character like themselves.
With its exuberant language and quirky characters, this story is a fun addition to most collections.
—School Library Journal
European artist Vere’s hand-drawn and digitally colored illustrations that are the eye-catcher. The odd little creatures, with their saucepan-huge eyes and tufted ears, will charm kids into joining the fun.—