Grandpa’s Noises by Gareth St John Thomas and Colin Rowe
When I arrive at Grandpa’s, he makes a noise like a rusty gate opening. ‘Eeeeaarrrrlllooo’. That means hello.
Through the eyes of an interestingly different kind of grandchild, we are taken on a journey through the day in the life of loveable old Grandpa.
Grandpa’s noises are a little strange. It’s hard to work out what he is sometimes saying. With the help of Grandpa’s ‘grandchild’ pairing his quirky noises to everyday sounds such as drinking a cup of tea ‘Schluuupglubshlurrrpglub’ with the sound a busy drain makes. Or roaring like a lion ‘Raarrgggghh! at a passing car that drives through a puddle will help readers identify with Grandpa’s unique sounds.
Mostly with a smile, Grandpa creaks, pops ‘Eyenolessgofurawark’s’ and ‘Pisshpusshawertt’s through his day. Until he meets a ‘Uraooligan!’, who looks to be similar in age to dear old Grandpa. Soaking and red-faced, Grandpa launches into an alphabet of sounds from his mouth to his bottom.
Leaving a trail of destruction as he enters the door, Grandpa’s soon soothed by Granny’s calming cup of tea.
What makes a child laugh more than the sounds our bodies make? And the elderly seem to have a sound for every occasion.
Children and adults will enjoy mimicking Grandpa’s sounds while reading aloud to this entertaining story by Gareth St John Thomas.
Colin Rowe’s vibrant illustrations are a delight and help make this ‘oneeenjoyyableread’.
Author: Gareth St John Thomas
Illustrator: Colin Rowe
Publisher: EK Books