The first thing that you should know about this book is that its all about onomatopoeia, words that imitate a sound. The second is that the visual implications of what silence is in contrast to noise. This video of “Shhh!”with sound effects and visuals has an interactive effect on the audience.
Which visual do you see as silence and then which is noise? One is at the beginning of the book and the second is at the end.
This book is very enjoyable when read to small children who are in need of a little quiet time, and for those of us who appreciate silence or as the shrew defines Shhh! – PEACE. This little shrew has a BIG message.
Jeanne Willis, the author, has a wonderful message and has chosen the right character to talk about it. Tony Ross, the illustrator is very imaginative and has been able to interpret onomatopoeia with great skill.