Gobble Growl Grunt by Peter Spier

If we were playing Name that Animal by mimicking the sounds each animal makes, we’d all guess the animals for “MMMOOOOO-OO,” ” @#!*% -A-DOODLE-DO,” and “GOBBLE-GOBBLE.”  But we might not guess an otter sound is “CHAT-CHAT-CHUCK-CHAT” (say it over and over – fast!) or that “RRUMMPF” is a hippo or that “FUDDA-FUDDA-FUDDA-FUDDA-FUDDA” describes a dragonfly in flight.

In his forty-two page book Gobble Growl Grunt Peter Spier illustrates hundreds of animals with an accompanying sound that each one makes.  There’s even a page entitled SHHHHHHH…. depicting animals that make no sounds.

What a fun book this is for kids and adults alike!  I have fond memories of my mother-in-law reading Gobble Growl Grunt to our children.  Her imitation of a seal was delightfully enhanced as she slapped her forearms together and waddled around while enthusiastically demonstrating her best seal bark.

Spier’s drawings are colorful and engaging.  He manages to catch characteristics and personality of the various animals.  Loud animal sounds are printed in large font and bold print, sometimes ending in exclamation marks.  Quieter animals have their sounds printed in smaller fonts in regular print.  The insect sounds are depicted by a long undulating line of print in very small font. Visually engaging for sure!

If you want to have a lot of fun reading to your children grab a copy of this book and start practicing these wonderful animal sounds.  Parents have every bit as much fun as kids when reading this great book.

Copyrighted in 1971 this book is now out of print, though many good used copies are available online and from used book stores.