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Handa's Noisy Night

Written by Eileen Browne

Illustrated by Eileen Browne

Key Stage 1

LoveReading View on Handa's Noisy Night

A classroom favourite returns in a delightful, funny sleepover adventure

This year is the 25th anniversary of the publication of Handa’s Surprise, named as one of the "50 best culturally diverse children’s books" of all time in 2014 and which together with its sequel Handa’s Hen has sold over a million copies worldwide. So, a new book about Handa will be a cause for celebration in schools everywhere and fans will not be disappointed! Handa’s best friend has invited her to a sleepover and the girls are allowed to sleep in a small hut near the house. Demonstrating feelings that children and parents will find immediately relatable, Handa is excited but increasingly nervous and, as they play and prepare for bed, strange noises keep disturbing her. Akeyo reassures her that it is just her noisy family, but, as the omniscient reader can see on the page opposite, it is in fact an assortment of nocturnal animals that are responsible. Both the sound effects and the unusual animals will prove irresistible to young audiences. Handa, Akeyo, their families and all the animals are luminously depicted in the intense and vivid style that is so characteristic of this talented artist and so evocative of the Kenyan setting. Each animal is identified on the lovely night and day endpapers which gives this warm, reassuring and funny story useful topic potential too.  Another winner!

Joy Court

More About This Book

Following the 25th anniversary of picture book classic Handa’s Surprise this year, comes the third instalment in Eileen Browne’s much-loved Handa series.

The Kenya High Commission helped Eileen to research this book and Eileen visited Exmoor Zoo to draw some of the animals by sight.

Handa's Noisy Night Synopsis

Eileen Browne's hotly anticipated sequel to Handa's Surprise is a warm, funny story about night time fears with a cast of nocturnal animals

When Handa has a sleepover with her friend Akeyo, the girls are allowed to spend the night in a little hut near the house. They're excited to be on their own, but as they get ready for bed, Handa feels more and more nervous. She keeps hearing things - strange snorts, chitter chattering, a big thud. Akeyo says it's only her noisy family, but on the opposite page the reader sees the nocturnal animals who are really making the noise - and while some of them are familiar, others are very peculiar-looking indeed!

With rich, night-time illustrations, sound effects, and plenty of curious animals, Handa's Noisy Night demands to be read aloud and shared - whether in the classroom or tucked up in bed at home.

Handa's Noisy Night Press Reviews

Praise for Handa’s Surprise:

“So luscious it seems almost edible” Observer

Named one of the best culturally diverse picture books in the UK

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406320015
Publication date: 5th September 2019
Author: Eileen Browne
Illustrator: Eileen Browne
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1

About Eileen Browne

Eileen Browne’s titles include "Handa's Surprise", which was shortlisted for the 1995 Sheffield Children's Book Award, "Handa's Hen" and "Tick Tock". Eileen was born and brought up in Birmingham and lived in London for over twenty years before moving to Wiltshire where she now lives. She worked as a school teacher and a youth worker before becoming an author and illustrator. Her first book was published in 1977. Eileen believes "Certain groups of people are not well represented in books. For example, females only feature as main characters in around 30% of children's books. Because of this, I give them priority. "...

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