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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,363 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Fleischman Narrator: Barbara Caruso, John McDonough, Christina Moore, Jeff Woodman Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 1988 ISBN: 9781464043543
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Grasshoppers, waterstriders, and fireflies light up this rib-tickling book of poetry for two voices. Written as spirited duets, the poems ring with the love songs of book lice, the serenades of moths, and a choir of cicadas. Each one is a treat, filled with busy insect life. In addition to the voices of these frisky critters, there are also fascinating tidbits about their lives and habits. The digger wasp lays eggs underground, musing that it will never see their generation.

Joyful Noise is a marvelous concoction of music, imagery, sound, and sense.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In resonant voices and striking use of language, this 1989 Newbery Medal-winner explores the various sounds and concerns of the insect world ”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Celebrate the insect world, from the short life of the mayfly to the love song of the book louse. Funny, sad, loud and quiet, each of these poems resounds with a booming, boisterous, joyful noise.”

    HarperCollins Publishers

  • “A clear and fascinating guide to the insect world—from chrysalid butterflies to whirligig beetles—and an exultant celebration of life.”

    HarperCollins Publishers

  • “A splendid collection of poems in many moods about the lives and dreams of insects.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1989 Newbery Medal
  • An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A 1988 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Rogers | 2/17/2014

    " I have loved sharing this book with my nine year old daughter - it has inspired her to write her own poems for two voices. The experience of reading poetry together is magical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Riley | 2/16/2014

    " (POETRY AND VERSE) I liked this poem book because it had all types of poems - happy, sad, funny, loud and quiet. A lot of them are meant to be read aloud, which is great for a classroom setting. It can be used to develop your cross-curriculum, and incorporated in both reading and language arts, as well as science. It would be good for students to connect the two and then write their very own insect poem. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimee | 2/1/2014

    " Creepiest children's book I've ever read... its icky and talks about the lives and loves of insects. Disgusting. Its only redeeming quality is that its written in the form of cascading poetry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/23/2014

    " I'm just not that into poetry, but it was kind of cute. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Owen | 1/17/2014

    " This book is an excellent resource to use to get reluctant students to read poetry and enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi Santora | 1/14/2014

    " I love these poems, and that they are not childish and sing songy. My high level third graders enjoy performing them together , as well as discussing the meaning behind them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley Rath | 1/13/2014

    " I loved how the poems were written to be read aloud by two voices. It gives the feeling of being with the "swarm" or group of insects as they move about their lives. Interesting perspectives between the different insects included in the book. Newbery Medal book. Reading orally with two people is like a dance of words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 1/8/2014

    " This is a great way to use poems in the classroom! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/30/2013

    " Lovely book of insect poetry. I really enjoyed it even though I read it to myself and not out loud like the read is instructed at the beginning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sami | 10/25/2013

    " Absolutely GREAT! Loved it! My son loves to read this aloud with me! More beautiful and rhythmical than a song~! Adds pure pleasure to poetry!!!! Thumbs up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 9/26/2013

    " Novel approach to read-aloud poetry in a Readers-Theatre type style. I'm testing it out at Funky Minds next week. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dory | 9/20/2013

    " "Book Lice" (? I think that's its name...) is my favorite poem in here. All the poems are fun to read and none of them give me squirmies as a non-bug person. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony Derricott | 8/27/2013

    " Reminded me of choral readings. Do schools still do those? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 7/28/2013

    " I think this is a very clever book. Jon and I like to use the poems as a talent we can do together. Our favorite is Honeybees. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey Mulholland | 5/28/2013

    " I first read this in elementary school. I got to know the book of poetry from dance class. My favorite was "Grasshoppers". Rereading the collection I think "Grasshoppers" is but "Whirligig" comes a close second. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 4/27/2013

    " This book was fun. I've never heard of poems for multiple voices. It was a bit difficult to coordinate the timing, but with a little practice it got better. These poems were really clever and about insects/bugs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 12/27/2012

    " Read for my children's literature class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Viveros | 12/1/2012

    " So fun to read poetry in two voices with students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 9/24/2012

    " This was a fun book to read with my almost 7 year old granddaughter and with my daughter-in-law. It made insects interesting and even personal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 elissa | 9/10/2012

    " Very unique, and fun to read aloud together. One of the most "different" Newbery titles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom | 8/18/2012

    " I really enjoyed these poems! I am curious to see how they would sound--considering they are meant for two VOICES. My favorites were Book Lice, Honeybee, and Cicada (although I thought that one would be more effective with more voices), but all of them were very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Holmlund | 6/20/2012

    " Fun, lighthearted, yet symbolic poetry to be read by two. Jack Nilles introduced me to these poems, and I enjoyed reading them with my fiance Lauren. Joyful Noise is a great set of poems to introduce poetry performing newcomers to the joy of performance and poetry in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby Troutman | 5/3/2012

    " Great for group work. Many of the poems are two part poems that the students can read together. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Fleischman

Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California, the son of children’s book author Sid Fleischman. Drawing on history, music, art, and theater, his books have often experimented with multiple viewpoints and performance. He received the Newbery Medal in 1989 for Joyful Noise, a Newbery Honor Award for Graven Images, the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction for Bull Run, and was a National Book Award finalist for Breakout. He lives on the central coast of California.

About the Narrators

Barbara Caruso is an accomplished actress and critically acclaimed audiobook narrator. A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she was a featured player in the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has played starring roles on Broadway and in theaters across the country. She won the Alexander Scourby Reader of the Year Award for her performances of young adult fiction, and has more than one hundred audiobook narrations to her credit.

John McDonough, one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices, has narrated dozens of audiobooks. He is known for his narrations of children’s books, including Robert McCloskey’s Centerburg Tales and Albert Marrin’s Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Outside of his audiobook work, he has starred in a revival of Captain Kangaroo on the Fox Network.

Christina Moore is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator who has garnered fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in the television series That ’70s Show, Hawthorne, and 90210. She is a founding member of Bitches Funny, an all-female sketch group that has performed in New York City and Los Angeles for the past five years.

Jeff Woodman originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S.F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby. A six time Audie Award finalist (and a 2007 winner), he has received seventeen Earphones Awards and was named one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine.