Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The Very Noisy Night by Diana Hendry and Jane Chapman (Little Tiger Press)

We've lost count of the number of books that deal with this subject. A little one, unable to sleep, has a restless night and keeps their mum or dad (or usually both) awake. Seldom few are as snuggly and atmospheric as "The Very Noisy Night" by Diana Hendry and Jane Chapman. This came in a "Little Tiger Press" box set along with 3 other books, but this is the one Charlotte asks for more than any of the others.

Little Mouse can't get to sleep. Noises around the house keep him awake and fire up his overactive imagination. He hears the wind whistling through the trees, a branch tapping the window and an owl hooting - but in the dark he imagines all sorts of things are going on around him.

Big Mouse is trying to get to sleep but Little Mouse's constant interruptions mean that both have a restless night until Big Mouse finally gives in.

It's a fairly standard story but the treatment here is rather special. Diana Hendry tips a knowing wink at parents, while Jane Chapman's delicious little mouse house (with more than a nod to "The Borrowers") is lovely and packed with detail.

If you ever spot the Little Tiger Press box sets, they're excellent value but this book was definitely the standout in the collection.

Charlotte's best bit: Little Mouse fetching his umbrella when he thinks it's raining in the house

Daddy's favourite bit: Little Mouse's cold little feet (yep, identify with that!) and taking up most of the bed (Yep, again can identify with that too!)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars