Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Children's Book Review: Sounds of Laughter

Name Of Book: Sounds Of Laughter
Author / Illustrator: By Bill Martin, Jr.
What It's All About: This book was from a set of California State Series books by Bill Martin, Jr. that my parents had in their library and I loved them.  Each book was a set of stories.  Sounds of Laughter possibly has the most stories I loved but the other books (Sounds Around The Clock, Sounds Of Numbers) have great vignettes too.
My Favorite Bit: In this book it has to be Old Lucy Lindy And The Pies.  My family still says the now familiar phrase, "She put the initials IM on the pies that had mince in them for Is Mince, and she put IM on the pies that didn't have mince for Isn't Mince." 
Suitable Age For Reading It To: This has a little something for every age but smack dab in the middle of elementary school is probably what it was intended for. 
Go Get It: I recommend these as a nice addition to your library.  Get a used copy HERE.
Titles In Sounds Of Laughter:
Listen, Listen, a poem
The Funny old man and the Funny Old Woman
Here's a picture for storytelling
Good Night, a poem
The Old Woman and her Pig
Susie Moriar, a poem
The Three Billy-Goats Gruff
Shadow Dance, a poem
This is Halloween, a poem
A Maker of Boxes
Here's a picture for storytelling
Old Lucy Lindy and the Pies
Choosing Shoes, a poem
Joey Kangaroo
Little Red-Cap
Out in the Rain
Here's a picture for storytelling
Growing up, Growing Older
Nine Little Goblins
The River, a poem
Knots on a Counting Rope
Here's a picture for storytelling
The Tiger, The Brahman and the Jackal
Keep a poem in you Pocket, a poem

All in all a fun book for all ages. I would recommend the series even though they're reaching from 50 years ago.  In Sounds Of Numbers my favorite story is Ten Pennies For Andy.  Check them all out!


  1. Hi, can i ask you something? I'm looking for children books with such "scary" illustrations like wolf (or fox) eating pigs (or seven kids or Red Riding hood or birds in Chicken Little) or being pictured with a fat stomach. Have you seen any book of this sort? Any sort of help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    Great blog, by the way ;)


  2. Thanks for the comments all! Reese, the first one that pops into my head is Trina Schart Hyman's Little Red Riding Hood. There is a picture towards the end with the wolf having a very large stomach and the hunter standing over him with a gun. As far as other stories that are a little more "realistic" in their fairytale wording and illustrations, I would look for faithful retellings of Grimm fairytales, Hans Christian Anderson tales, and the like. I'll keep wracking my brains for others but Hyman is a good place to start. Good luck!