In this vibrantly illustrated picture book, one loud little girl is on the hunt for a friend. She searches the jungle high and low, but her BIG voice scares all the animals away! One by one, an elephant, a snake, and a croc quickly retreat from the girl’s booming vocals, until at last she finds the perfect playmate—whose “roar” is even louder than her own!
Candy-colored spreads, whimsically abstracted characters, and big, bold curves make this book as loud a spectacle as its hero. The protagonist's outsize head dwarfs her tiny body; fat braids stick out on either side of her head like Pippi Longstocking. "She came upon an elephant blowing bubbles in the water," Balouch (Baby Polar) writes, "but something scared the elephant away." It's easy to see what the "something" is: the girl, twirling a lariat around her head, has opened her pink mouth wide, and great rings of sound fill the spread in bands of pink, orange, and green. She scares a series of intimidating creatures a snake, a crocodile but when she meets a lion, "the lion looked at the little girl... and ROARED." The setback is momentary. "And the little girl looked at the lion... and laughed." Together the two roll on the ground giggling, broad circles of sound radiating from them both. Limited, spare, yet full of energy, it's a vision of a child who, far from being shamed for her booming voice, enjoys it in perfect freedom and happiness. Ages 2 5.