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A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound [Hardcover]

John Irving
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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30 Sep 2004
WHEN A YOUNG BOY wakes up in the middle of the night, an unfamiliar sound conjures frightening images in his mind.

Children everywhere can now enjoy John Irving’s story about nighttime uncertainties, A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound. Originally found within Irving’s ninth novel, A Widow for One Year, this atmospheric tale has been brought to life by Tatjana Hauptmann’s beautifully muted illustrations.

Includes an introduction by the author.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers (30 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385746806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385746809
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 1 x 26.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,037,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Irving published his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, in 1968. He has been nominated for a National Book Award three times - winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp. In 1992, Mr. Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules - a film with seven Academy Award nominations. In 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Last Night in Twisted River is John Irving's twelfth novel.

(Photo credit: Everett Irving)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Irving's children's stories 19 Aug 2005
By Elaine
Anyone wishing to read this children's book should be made aware that it is taken from John Irving's excellent novel 'A Widow For One Year'. In this novel one of the characters is a writer of childrens books which reflect his grief at the deaths of his two teenage sons. The childrens books are richly described in terms of text and illustrations and contribute greatly to giving the reader an insight into the mind of the character. Therefore this book 'A Sound Like Someone Trying Not To Make a Sound' would be appreciated by fans of 'Widow For One Year', but will probably confuse and disturb those who treat it as separate from the original novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Curate's Egg from Irving 19 Dec 2008
It's been pointed out elsewhere that the story in this book has been taken from Irving's novel 'A Widow for One Year'. In the novel, it has been written by a children's author character who has lost his two young sons, and whose marriage is imploding under the weight of grief and blame.
Away from the context of its tragic novel source, this little tale may seem odd and slightly unsettling. Having said which, it's beautifully illustrated and my four year old daughter (who hasn't read the novel!) finds it utterly intriguing, probably because it's different to most kids picture books. I wouldn't agree that it's too disturbing for young minds; if anything, its depiction of children being troubled by their own imaginations may resonate with many youngsters and help to show them how the imagination can play tricks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mesmerizing gem 25 Aug 2013
As a stand alone book, without the context of Irving's adult novel, this is a rich and beguiling book for children and adults. It is book that draws many questions from it's reader. The worries that children have when they wake in the night are universal and Irving shows a good appreciation of this. The plot device of not seeing the Father adds to the mystery and generates a series of further questions.
This would be an excellent book to use in Philosophy for Education and for stretching young readers in general. It is beautifully illustrated by Hauptmann: the pictures full of a eerie tension and puzzlement for the reader. The illustrations would be a great stimulus for creative writing for teachers.
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