By Kenneth Braswell & Illustrated by Joe Dent and Julie Anderson
There is no better time for MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN'S BOOK DAY and for this informative book, than in the wake of both 'Martin Luther King Day' and the Woman's March of January 21st, 2017. The Woman's March was a protest march that saw 4 million people globally, take to the streets of cities, across six continents, in protest against the inauguration of the American President, Donald J. Trump and the administration he is building.
Written by the Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated, Kenneth Braswell engages his wealth of knowledge when penning his many books addressing sensitive subjects.
Daddy, There's a Noise Outside, is the story of an inner-city couple who's two young children are woken in the night by a protest outside their bedroom window. The children are confused and concerned and the couple embrace the learning opportunity and use discussion and research to explain what protesting is.
Available in paperback or hardcover, this book is cleverly illustrated with the text encased in speech bubbles, which is a great technique for appealing to the young early reader. The images are beautiful and as vibrant as the message that they are expressing. I especially love the way that the illustrator has used a studio style of perspective in the clever angles that they drew the images. A way of giving the reader a sense of 'watching' the story unfold.
What is also very special to note about this book, is the wealth of support in resources found in the back of the book and online. Fathers Incorporated have a parent/teacher guide online and the book has excerpts from the this guide printed on the final pages. These provide a great first step for introducing the topic and assisting to answer any questions a child may have.
I'm so very lucky to have been sent this book and have the chance to share it. The learning opportunities it provided through the sharing of it, are invaluable.