Squeak by growl

I have to say I laughed when the audiobook edition of Jerry Pinkney‘s famously wordless The Lion and the Mouse came into the office. But the production is from Weston Woods and I should have known better. While faithfully and realistically reproducing the sound effects that constitute the only printed text in the book, the CD is also awash with atmospheric African vocal music (by Sazi Dlamini, although more info about the music would have been welcome) and unobtrusive background noises that bring the sounds of the Serengeti to a viewing of the book. The CD includes both a version with page turn signals and one without, and I am still trying to wrap my head around just how you might proceed with that second one. An additional track features Jerry Pinkney talking about his life and work.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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  1. Angela Reynolds says:

    >I have to say, I was intrigued when I heard that Weston Woods was tackling this book. I got to see a preview of the film in San Diego, and was quite impressed with the flow of the music and story. I think it works quite well as a listen-along book, too!

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