Author: Sherry Howard
Genre: Picture Books
Pub Date: October 2018
When noisy new neighbors move into a bear’s quiet neighborhood, it takes him time to adjust in this debut picture book from author Howard and illustrator Wolf.
Kuda, a brown bear, loves the soft noises that fill his neighborhood, including a whooshing stream and the chirps of local birds. But during his walk, a new sound seems to attack him: “BOOM whappa whappa.” When Kuda asks Rabbit where the noise is coming from, Rabbit explains that they have new neighbors. Kuda’s surprised that Rabbit, Owl, and Squirrel all like the racket, and he soon goes home and buries himself in blankets and ear muffs. When he finds an invitation to a “ROCK & ROLL celebration,” however, he decides he’s had enough of being alone. He sees friends dancing and playing music, and he slowly lets himself feel the rhythm, too. Soon, the new fox neighbor invites him to jam with them. Howard’s clever, onomatopoeic text is full of sound words that young readers will love, and her sensitivity in portraying Kuda’s difficulty in trying something new will resonate. An author’s note at the end describes sensory-integration issues and autism with clarity and compassion. Wolf’s adorable, stylized cartoon animals and the rainbow-colored stream of the music make the woods feel welcoming.
A tale that offers a kindred spirit for readers who struggle with change.
This is an adorable picture book about a bear named Kuda that starts hearing some loud and new sounds in the woods. He doesn’t like the loud noises, especially unfamiliar ones. He tries to block out the noise any way he can with no luck. Finally he discovers what the noise is all about, and that maybe it wasn’t so bad after all.
The illustrations are wonderful and I love the author’s note at the end of the book. She talks about children with sensory integration issues and how she wrote the book with those children in mind.
As a parent of a child with some autistic traits, I really appreciate her sensitivity to children who experience the world a little differently. I think children will really be able to relate to Kuda and enjoy this story!
This book is the first in a series. The next book will be Kuda’s Berries, where Kuda deals with another fear, his fear of swimming. There hasn’t been a release date yet but I will be looking for it! These woodland creatures are adorable, and I love Howard’s message to children with big fears.
Thank you to the author Sherry Howard for this digital copy of her book in exchange for my honest review. I hope you check it out!
Happy Reading Friends!❤️
#colecampfireblog, #bookbloggers, #bookreviews, #picturebooks, #RockandRollWoods,