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A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound
on 26 July 2005
As a grandpa to boys of 8 and 6 years of age, I am enjoying a second bout of reading children's books, both to myself and aloud to them. I approached this book with great expectations only to be sadly disappointed. The story is gloomy, humourless and frightening; my criticism is summed up by the tale ending with a frightened 2-year-old left alone and awake all night with horrors induced by his brother and his father. I shall not read this story to children. That it gets any stars at all is due to the splendid illustrations by Tatjana Hauptmann. My wife fully concurs with these opinions.