Friday, November 9, 2012

PPBF: Roar of a Snore

I found this Perfect Picture Book at the library: 
Roar of a Snore
Written by Marsha Diane Arnold
Pictures by Pierre Pratt
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2006

Suitable for: Ages 3 and up

Theme/topic: Sleep

Opening: The sky was dark. The stars were bright.
Each Huffle fast asleep that night.

Brief Synopsis: Disturbed by a deafening snore, Jake wakes up the family and animals one by one in search of the noisy culprit.

Link to resources: Activities on the author's website include Building Storytelling Skills. The activity sheet can be downloaded as a PDF or a Word document.

Why I chose the book: I found this at the library and fell in love with the names in the book — Blue, Sue, Papa Ben and Mama Gwyn, Josie Jo and Jennie Lynn — as Jack investigates the noise. Re-reading the book for this post also reminded me of my recent trip to visit family. The whole house rumbled with noises as everyone slept. I know I wasn't snoring, only because I was sitting at the kitchen table doing homework.

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26 comments:

  1. My sister's name is Josephine, and we call her Josie, JoJo, and Jo! We have to get this book! :)

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    1. I love the variations of your sister's name.

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  2. What a coincidence - I was just talking about snoring with the grandsons last night. They were complaining about their cousin's snoring. Shawn (5) said, "If I put my head against the wall, I can hear it." Then Wayne (7) gave me an example.

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  3. This sounds REALLY fun, Stacy!!! I don't know why, but snoring is so entertaining :) When we were kids, my dad used to fall asleep in his chair on Sunday afternoons and snoresnoresnore... and suddenly stop... until we were like "Breathe Dad!" and then suddenly the snoring would rev up again. We thought it was SO FUNNY! :) Thanks for adding this book to our list - I like the names too :)

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  4. What a cute book! I'm going to check to see if our library has it.

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  5. This book sounds adorable. Thanks for the share!

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  6. This book is so precious!!! I mean...just the title is unbelievably appealing. I would love to own it but I can't every book! Thanks for the review :-)

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  7. Kids will certainly enjoy trying to figure out who is snoring. What a fun book. My grandmother's name was Josephine.

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  8. This books sounds so awfully cute! And I love the cover; it's the kind of cover I'd make a mad dash for without batting an eyelid, if there were to be more contenders for it:)
    Thanks for sharing it here, Stacy!

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  9. Whew....I thought this story was about me. Seriously... I inherited my grandma's nasal passages. Sounds fun, but I'm going to have to empathize with the snoree.

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  10. I think this book needs to find its way into my husband's Christmas stocking!!

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    1. Sandi, Yep. It might make a funny gift, unless he doesn't know he snores.

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  11. This sounds a little like a 4goodnight Jim-Bob' book!

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  12. Isn't it funny what draws you to a book? I love those names, too, especially Josie Jo.

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  13. Fun! We all have a snorer in our life with which to share this book. And the kids will crack up!

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  14. Love the title of the book. I want to know more. I'll have to check out this book.
    The ending of your post tied in the book nicely. Great job, Stacy! :)

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  15. I think that I am going to have to look for this book. I've been told that I snore VERY loudly. I don't know, but I do know that sometimes when I fall asleep in a classroom, I am often awakened by hysterical laughing.

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  16. This sounds like a funny book. Kids would love it.

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  17. Sounds like a good book. I'm surprised that so many books are rhyming, when a lot of PB workshops I've been to tell writers to stay away from rhyming.

    ~Debbie

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    1. Debbie, they always say that to discourage those who can't rhyme, People (kids and adults) enjoy reading them.

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  18. Thanks so much for choosing my book for your blog, Stacy! I'm delighted. I love choosing names for my characters. BTW, there are actually two twists at the end of this book. Whew! Twists are hard for me, but I did it. Ha.

    ROAR OF A SNORE was chosen as a Dolly Parton Imagination Library book for 3 years, so Dolly's team enjoyed it.

    Stacy, if you ever have guest bloggers, I'd be delighted to join you on your blog. Currently, I'm writing an online course on how to write wonderful character-driven picture books and I definitely mention Jack Huffle and his search for the snore. The course will be launched December 1st. Here's a sneak preview. :) http://www.picturebookacademy.com/writing-character-driven-stories.html

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