What different sounds do you hear throughout the day? How about a phone ringing, a bee buzzing or even your heartbeat? We live in a world bombarded by noise and we don’t always think too much about the sounds we hear or enjoy listening to.
This is a book full of colourful and creative imagery highlighting some of the different sounds that fill our day. There is plenty to discuss in this simple yet deceptively clever book.
‘I Hear…’ is one of a series of books on the five senses which aim to raise awareness in young children in a light-hearted and humorous way. Contains two acetate pages.
Photography and original soundtrack by Filipe Gomes
School Library Journal (US): “[a] lively series. . .bright graphic introductions.”
PreS-Gr 1 Each title in this lively series focuses on one specific sense within a repetitive format. A first-person description starts the interactions; for example, I Hear… “…a bee buzzing/…a bird singing/…thunder crashing/…drums banging,” etc. A transparent page inserted within the book contains one reversible object and influences both sides of the illustration. In I See…, a plane on the page “far” appears in a window from a distance as a child looks on; to exemplify the term “near,” the plane rests on a person’s hand. Thick black lines enhance blocky shapes against bold, stark backgrounds with quite clever visual results. In the third book, the words, “I Smell…” begin the text while succinct phrases are used to describe familiar aromas, “…cakes baking/…dinner burning!” While some items convey pleasing scents, other examples elicit not so favorable responses. The picture of the skunk provides this disclaimer: “…awful. Keep away!” A disgruntled bear with an image of a person on its snout accompanies the caption, “…YOU from far, far away!” All in all, these are bright graphic introductions.
Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC
This a series of very colourful books, each based on one of the five senses. The illustrations are flat, bold, graphic, and minimalist in style. Each page in the I Hear book depicts a sound such as drums banging, a bird singing, footsteps, or a phone ringing. In I Taste we see a child eating peas or yummy ice creams.
The images are essentially a series of witty designer visual puns that have been assembled into ‘sense’ categories. For example in the I Smell book one page has the word ‘FISH’ and an image of a fisherman with a moustache in the shape of a fish tail.
There is one clever design feature in these books which is a transparent acetate page that, when turned, changes the image on the previous page. For example the concept of ‘NEAR’ and ‘FAR’ is demonstrated in the I See book using the acetate page so that a plane in the sky changes into a toy plane in a child’s hand.
Title: I Hear…
Dimensions: 36pp (including 2 acetates), 220 x 200mm, landscape, hardback
Age: 18 months+
Published: 8 October 2012