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Groundwood Books

Night Sounds

Written by Javier Sobrino • Illustrated by Emilio Urberuaga • Translated by Elisa Amado

For kids 3 - 6 years old | Published April 01, 2013 | ISBN 9781554983322

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Regular price $16.95 CAD

36 pages | 7.3125 in × 9.0625 in
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About this book

Night Sounds

Javier Sobrino • Emilio Urberuaga • Elisa Amado

When the moon comes up over the mountains, all the animals in the rain forest go to sleep. But…what’s that noise? And how can the animals make it stop?

"Wuaaah, wuaaah, wuaaah." The noise goes on and on. Cuddled up inside an abandoned box, someone is sobbing, and one by one, the animals try to comfort the little one. But with each offering—of a blanket, some fresh water, mango, and so on—the small creature settles only briefly before wailing once again. Finally, Tiger disappears and returns with the little elephant’s mother. Peace is restored, until… "Wuu, wuu, wuuuuuu," cries a child in a nearby village. This time, it is the baby elephant who solves the problem by yelling out, "That child must have a kiss! Then we can all go back to sleep."

Written and illustrated with very young children in mind, this book is perfect for bedtime. Children will be intrigued by the mystery of who is crying in the abandoned box and what he could be crying about, and they will be reassured when the little elephant’s mother returns just in time to give him a good night kiss. They will also be delighted by the surprise twist at the end, when a human child begins to cry just when the animals think their troubles are over for the night—and like the little elephant, readers will know exactly what the human child needs.

About the Creators

Javier Sobrino

Javier Sobrino was born in Asturias, Spain. He has been a primary school teacher since 1984 and has published more than eighteen books for children, twelve of them picture books.

Emilio Urberuaga

Emilio Urberuaga was born in Madrid. He has been one of Spain's leading illustrators since 1982, and he has had major exhibitions of his work. In 2011 he won the National Illustration Prize, given by Spain's Ministry of Culture. He lives in Madrid.

Elisa Amado

Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written My Friend (Mi amiga), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano; Un Barrilete para el Día de los Muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead; Cousins (Primas), illustrated by Luis Garay; Tricycle (El triciclo), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book; and What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That?, both illustrated by Manuel Monroy. She lives in Toronto.

Awards and Praise
Bedtime desires are gently portrayed and gathered up until it is indeed sleepy-time in this cuddlesome import.
  • Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 2014
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