cover image I Hear a Noise

I Hear a Noise

Diane Goode. Dutton Books, $12.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-525-44353-7

A strange sound awakens a boy from sleep and causes his cat to peer cautiously out the open bedroom window. ``It's only the wind,'' his mother assures him. But a form slowly begins to take shape outside until a large eye stares into the room. Suddenly a green monster crashes through the window, snatches the boy and his mother in its claws, and flies to its monster colony in the clouds. After a humorous turn of events that involve other monsters of various shapes and sizes, the awestruck captives return safely home as if nothing had happened. Goode's green monsterthe one responsible for the abductionhas a playful, mischievous expression that makes him a comic star; the other monsters are just as entertaining. Ages 3-6. (September)