Thursday, September 23, 2010


Gobble Growl Grunt
Peter Spier ~ 1971

Here's one of those books my animal-loving son can spend 30 minutes looking through, curled up in the egg chair in his room. Wordless except for many, many, many written sounds, it's great for a first reader to practice guttural noises. Though there is some unspoken drama pitting a mouse against every other creature in the animal kingdom, the plot is mainly about animals and the noises they make. Filled with page after page after page of fabulous, detailed Spier drawings, there's always something new to find. Though, my son is highly perturbed that they label a baby swan as a gosling. (Tsk, tsk.)

Love, love, love Peter Spier. A must-have for any budding zoologist.

Also by:
The Fox Went Out On a Chilly Evening
The Star-Spangled Banner
Noah's Ark
Peter Spier's Christmas
Little Bible Storybooks
Bored -- Nothing To Do!

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jen said...

i heart your blog. :) anyone that loves kid's books as much as i do has got to be one rad chica. where do you find most of your books?

Burgin Streetman said...

The vast majority at thrift shops and estate sales and used book shops and library sales, but as my collection grows I find it harder and harder to find things i don't have so i end up buying a lot online.

Thanks for reading!

Kickcan & Conkers said...

This looks fun! Living in France with three half-French kids, I'm always fascinated to learn how animals sounds are translated in other languages. I might see if I can find this somewhere.

Anonymous said...

WOW!! So awesome my boys would be all over this book :)

Zoe @ Playing by the book said...

This look so utterly gorgeous! Now, the only question I have is about the giraffe - my kids always want to know what noise a giraffe makes - can the book enlighten us?

Jil Casey said...

The animal illustrations in Peter Spier's book are great!
I just posted a review of Whaling Days by Carol Carrick, illustrated by David Frampton, that your son might like. Its a very interesting story with great woodcuts. If you would like to see it, please go to my blog:

Burgin Streetman said...

There is a giraffe noise in this.... and great blog Jil! Keep up the good work!

Newtry said...

thank you soo much for pictures!

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