A mouse inadvertently ignites an early-morning chain reaction.
As a breeze tickles his ear, a small mouse wakes with a wee “SQUEAK,” disturbing chipmunks in the branches above. Their chitter-chatter dislodges pine cones that “KERPLOP” into the river, prompting resting trout to leap with a “SPLISH” and a “SPLASH.” This awakens a sleeping elk, whose antlers bump a cottonwood tree with a resounding “KA-BONK!” In response, an eagle nesting in the tree takes flight with a “WAH-WHOOOOSH,” waking bear cubs in a cave, which causes their grumpy mother to “GRRRRRRR!” A nearby wolf pack joins in with yips and long, drawn-out howls, triggering a bighorn lamb to disturb loose rocks and gravel with a “RUMBLE BUMBLE BOOOOOOM!” An irritated bison bellows a loud “ARRRGRUMMMPHH!” Soon all creatures in the valley are awake and participating in a boisterous cacophony. Sprightly double-page spreads, realistically rendered with bold outlines of black gouache digitally colored in Photoshop, create the ideal backdrop for this unfolding medley. From the opening spread of the barely visible mouse asleep beneath a towering tree foregrounding a vista of river, meadow, and bluffs, each page turn artfully leads from one amusing event to the next, highlighting each animal in its habitat, while prominent placement of animal sounds in large font reinforces the auditory theme.
A delightful, onomatopoeic introduction to the interactive sounds of awakening animals. (Picture book. 4-7)