Martin, who gave the world the beloved Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, died in 2004, but another of his works is brought to life by his frequent collaborator, Sampson.
It’s all further enlivened by Sweet’s rosy, greeny-golden illustrations, which bring to very immediate life the animals on each page. A panoply of mommies of various ethnicities offer wake-up kisses and ask, “Can you hear the sounds of our world?” It is a big world: Gila monsters in the desert hiss; monkeys in the jungle cry “Eeee!”; lions on the plain roar (although they are baby lions, and their roars are clearly small if enthusiastic; the cubs themselves are levitating with excitement). Some of the sounds supplied do not give a very clear indication of what the animal sounds like—“Honk!” for elephants or “Wahhh!” for whales, for instance—but careful and alert adults can compensate for this while reading aloud. Each animal illustrated is listed at the end, with its habitat, location, and a fact or two. For the penguin, it is carefully pointed out that it is the male penguin who keeps the egg warm and the female who goes forth and hunts for food.
A delightful new visit with an old friend. (Picture book. 4-8)