NIGHT NOISES Summary: Sam is a young child who can’t sleep, distracted by the many noises of the night. Each family member attempts to help him. Eventually, his Nan discovers the issue and sister Junie comes to the rescue with a solution that reassures Sam of how much he is safe and loved.
This story will appeal to children age 3-8 yrs old; especially for those who have concerns about being alone in the dark, or those who adjusting to living in a new home and also, for those that will be sleeping away for the first time. While written as a picture book this text is also accessible as an early reader.
This is my first published children’s book (Oct. 31, 2016) and belongs to my “Sam & Junie Book Series”. Next released was “I’m Running Away!” in 2017.
PURCHASING INFO Through firstname.lastname@example.org (small amounts of print); or for eBook/print versions purchasing online through Crimson Cloak Publishing or Ingram Spark’s Distribution Partners such as Amazon, Chapters, Barnes and Noble, etc.
FRENCH version Les bruits dans la nuit now available too! Translator Cecile Charlton did an awesome job! See elsewhere on this site, same purchasing information.
This book features wonderful artwork by Lynn Costelloe. She is the Illustrator for some of my other “Sam & Junie” books:
- One BIG Family!
- I’m Running Away! (NOW AVAILABLE)
- Sam and the Bully
Lynn is also an Author/Illustrator of her own books! She has her B.Ed. from Sheffield Hallum University in England. She may be contacted and her other work seen thru these links:
- Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite
Night Noises by Lisa Beere is an adorable storybook for kids where they see a little boy getting ready for bed. He is wearing his favorite pajamas, and after that he goes to the bathroom and brushes his teeth. He then goes to the living room to tell everyone that he is ready for bed. He gives a goodnight kiss to everyone there and goes to his bedroom, holding his mother’s hand. Once the lights are switched off and his mother leaves the room, the little boy hears noises and he cannot sleep. First he yells for his mother, then for his dad, and after that for his grandpa. Will the little boy finally be able to get to sleep? Read the story to find out!
The essence of the story is good; it highlights the importance of family in a child’s life, and speaks about kindness and night fears. The illustrations are bright and colorful and they breathe life into the characters and the scenes. It is a good bedtime storybook, especially for those kids who have difficulty in getting to sleep at night. The book can be used for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries as many of the children will be able to relate well to the little boy and sleep issues. The story is simple but real and relatable to many kids and parents out there. The author handles a relevant topic with some nice characters and wonderful illustrations that will capture the attention of young readers.
2. “The children in our day care were very attentive to this story. They enjoyed the pictures and the story and they were able to follow along and answer my questions as we went. It was well written and easy to read, easy also to put expression into the reading using the punctuation to guide me. ” Tanya S. #35 years in Early Childhood Education
3. Review (of eBook) by Amagine (posted on Amazon.ca)
There are some children who are scared of the dark. Every noise and every movement can potentially frighten them. Families are always looking for ways to help children sleep peacefully through the night. Parents may stay in the room with the child until they fall asleep. They may give the child a night light, a stuffed animal or some encouraging words. We see an example of this in Lisa Beere’s picture book, Night Noises.
Night Noises begins with a little boy named Sam, who is getting ready for bed. He gives hugs and kisses to his parents, grandparents and sister and settles down to go to sleep. He can’t sleep, however, as he hears different sounds throughout the night. With each noise he hears, he screams until a family member comes in and stops the noise while also giving him encouraging words and hugs. When it becomes too silent, he screams in fear again because he feels all alone in his room. It takes encouragement from his family and a special gift from his sister before he can peacefully fall asleep.
I found this story very endearing and thought it would be a perfect book for families to read to children at bedtime. The story has a nurturing tone that will bring comfort to young readers. The main character is relatable as young children will understand his fear of night noises and being alone. The book also carries a message. The message is that children are never on their own. There is always someone close by who will be there to comfort them if they need it.
I loved the plot, but the book had a few flaws. The first flaw that I noticed in the book was the fact that the illustrations and the words were on separate pages. In picture books, the words and pictures should always be on the same page to give children a better visual of the story. There were times when the illustrations didn’t match up to the words on the next page. Some of the pages had too many words on them and needed to either be condensed or written on a separate page. [This was fixed after.]
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It would’ve received a four-star rating from me if it weren’t for the flaws that I listed earlier. As for the story, I found it enjoyable. It was relatable, encouraging and I think it is great book that parents can read to children at night. It opens a dialogue about how the child is never alone because there is someone always near. I recommend this book for children between the ages of 3-8. I believe that this is a book that should be added to a child’s bookshelf.
4. Night Noises (posted on Amazon.ca)
Chrys Brobbey wrote: Sam’s situation may be similar to not only many children, but adults as well. The importance of a noiseless atmosphere being conducive to sleep cannot be overemphasized. That’s why it is so frustrating when you have noisy neighbors. I hope this point is noted by all to be responsible and sensitive to others sleep needs.
5. (Amazon.com) A great book for children who are nervous of noises at night on November 19, 2016 Format: Paperback
6. (Amazon.com) Perfect for bedtime on January 16, 2017 Format: Paperback A great story with lots of opportunities for coreading with your child. A bedtime favourite.
See the video of Night Noises on Story Time Pup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7jBv8O1Vus