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An introverted girl who just wanted to be left alone. A talkative little boy with a very important wish. Based on a true story, Noise is the heartwarming tale of finding joy in unexpected places. Short and sweet, a full-color comic book for both children and adults alike.


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An introverted girl who just wanted to be left alone. A talkative little boy with a very important wish. Based on a true story, Noise is the heartwarming tale of finding joy in unexpected places. Short and sweet, a full-color comic book for both children and adults alike.

30 review for Noise: A graphic novel based on a true story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hadley Hatch

    I loved that it is based on a true story. p.s.it is very short.

  2. 5 out of 5

    amanda

    A short, precious, heartwarming story!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beka

    Cute little quick read just wish we had more too it

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lucia Galluzzo

    short but in very good detail. and a good book

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Spoer

    Super cute! And based on a true story??!!! *cries* Dear Kathleen Raymundo, This librarian wants you to create more. Kelly from Nutley, NJ Super cute! And based on a true story??!!! *cries* Dear Kathleen Raymundo, This librarian wants you to create more. <3 Kelly from Nutley, NJ

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Brinkman

    Just what is he up to? An introverted 7th grader, Cathryn, just wants to be left alone. She never expects an encounter on the bus ride to school. A little boy who's carrying a heavy secret. What will happen when these two souls meet? A meeting far more meaningful than anyone could know. A tale of finding joy in unexpected places. Trigger warning for death. Cathryn and I had very similar school experiences. As she knew well, being introverted makes situations where you're expected to be social so muc Just what is he up to? An introverted 7th grader, Cathryn, just wants to be left alone. She never expects an encounter on the bus ride to school. A little boy who's carrying a heavy secret. What will happen when these two souls meet? A meeting far more meaningful than anyone could know. A tale of finding joy in unexpected places. Trigger warning for death. Cathryn and I had very similar school experiences. As she knew well, being introverted makes situations where you're expected to be social so much more difficult. Despite being able to relate to her, I never felt like I truly knew her. Being introverted seemed to be her only personality trait. The amount of emotion packed into this tiny story was truly moving. From Cathryn's feelings about school, to her regret of her actions towards the boy, to the very end, this was an emotional rollercoaster. A clean art style helped propel the story forward. Based on a true story, Noise, asked us to consider our choices, and to remember that we're not the only ones affected by them. While this book lacked substance, it's message will resonate with readers until the end of time. Incredibly sweet, this graphic novel will leave you tender and looking for every possible way to be kinder. An unexpected twist pulled at my heart near the end. Never miss an opportunity to be kind.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sheri S.

    Noise is a short and very sweet graphic novel involving a lonely seventh grade girl and a fourth grade boy who has lots of requests. What transpires between them is endearing and left me feeling happy and hopeful that other events such as these continue to occur in everyday life. The book only takes a few minutes to read through and was worth every minute.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kaylabookworm22 L

    I wish it was longer but it was sweet and heart warming. I liked it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robin Bigda

    Oh my goodness. This one hit me right in the gut. Dang.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Somehow I missed Noise: A graphic novel based on a true story comes in at a mere 26 pages. I was fully expecting a full-length book to tell this story, but the story that unfolds over 26 pages was oddly emotional to experience. There is essentially zero character development (how can you develop any sort of character in 26 pages of a graphic novel?) but I still felt connected to both Cathryn and Tyler. I appreciate that Cathryn is shown for who she is: a middle schooler who doesn't like the bus Somehow I missed Noise: A graphic novel based on a true story comes in at a mere 26 pages. I was fully expecting a full-length book to tell this story, but the story that unfolds over 26 pages was oddly emotional to experience. There is essentially zero character development (how can you develop any sort of character in 26 pages of a graphic novel?) but I still felt connected to both Cathryn and Tyler. I appreciate that Cathryn is shown for who she is: a middle schooler who doesn't like the bus because it's too loud. It is so important for all students to see themselves represented and I can definitely relate to Cathryn - busses are so loud! I really wanted to know more about this story after I got done reading the story. What caused Kathleen Raymundo to tell this story? What is the inspiration? Why is this story so short? Who is Kathleen Raymundo? There is no author's note or even a short biography so I know nothing about Raymundo. Although this story is impactful on its own, I think the story would have been that much more powerful had an author's note been included. This story can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. This is a very quick read!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Author/Illustrator Kathleen Raymundo has created an endearing book that truly touches the heart. The artwork is beautiful drawn with great attention to detail, yet is not overcrowded or too busy. The story itself is one that can speak to all ages and is timeless. As a book noted to be “based on a true story” it is no surprise that the message is so authentic and real, conveyed well through the visual style and narrative form, with just enough information kept from the audience so as not to spoil Author/Illustrator Kathleen Raymundo has created an endearing book that truly touches the heart. The artwork is beautiful drawn with great attention to detail, yet is not overcrowded or too busy. The story itself is one that can speak to all ages and is timeless. As a book noted to be “based on a true story” it is no surprise that the message is so authentic and real, conveyed well through the visual style and narrative form, with just enough information kept from the audience so as not to spoil anything.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    It arrived today and I immediately sat down to read it. As it was only like 20-ish pages. So it was very quick. The art is lovely. The book is adorable. I didn't anticipate crying at the end, but here we are! What a powerful message, delivered in such a short time. Kathleen did a fantastic job. I can't stop thinking about the event that prompted this book. High recommended. For all ages.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Cannon

    I had no idea this was going to be as short as it was. It's a good story. Touching and straight to the point. I like the fact that a 7th grader and 4th grader are in the same school. It reminds me of the little K-9th grade school where I teach (although we don't have a bus). I would have liked to get to know the characters better. We know that Cathryn is a creature of habit. She likes to wear the same shirt. We know she prefers listening to music to talking and that she doesn't have a lot of fri I had no idea this was going to be as short as it was. It's a good story. Touching and straight to the point. I like the fact that a 7th grader and 4th grader are in the same school. It reminds me of the little K-9th grade school where I teach (although we don't have a bus). I would have liked to get to know the characters better. We know that Cathryn is a creature of habit. She likes to wear the same shirt. We know she prefers listening to music to talking and that she doesn't have a lot of friends. We know that she is a kind person. She'll go running all over the school to try to give a balloon to a kid that she yelled at. We know that meeting Tyler makes her want to stretch outside her comfort zone. She's willing to wear the new shirt her mom got her. She's willing to sit with him on the bus and talk and share her music. Honestly, though, that's all we know. Anything before or after that is left completely to the imagination.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Pinto

    Cute! Quick read about a seventh grade girl who likes consistency and quiet and a fourth grade boy who is new and wants to talk on the bus. A good read aloud to discuss visual literacy and reading graphic novel panels. Also good for sparking discussion about patience, the power of words and perspective (you never know what the other person has going on). It kind of reminded me of a Pixar short-film. Just a little taste of something and then it ends...I always enjoy a little more meat but this wa Cute! Quick read about a seventh grade girl who likes consistency and quiet and a fourth grade boy who is new and wants to talk on the bus. A good read aloud to discuss visual literacy and reading graphic novel panels. Also good for sparking discussion about patience, the power of words and perspective (you never know what the other person has going on). It kind of reminded me of a Pixar short-film. Just a little taste of something and then it ends...I always enjoy a little more meat but this was a good little snippet of literature.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Thought this was going to be longer and be about someone who has sensitivities to loud noises. It was a short story graphic novel with a surprising ending. Might be a nice class read aloud. I didn't like the illustrations of the people that did not include their eyes. That creeped me out a bit. But I can see the illustrator may have done that because those people/characters were not prominent in the scene at that point.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    This graphic novel revolves around a one day series of events. I really wish it delved deeper into Cathryn's story because there was potential for this to be quite powerful. I didn't realize when I ordered it that it was only 26 pages long. There was still an unexpected twist at the end and I think it could provoke an interesting dialogue with students.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pinky

    Wow. That was a surprise. An introverted 7th grader takes the bus on the first day of school and finds herself next to a 4th grader who keeps asking for more and more school supplies. What he’s up to will blow you away.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Review copy - ARC via publisher A story easy to relate to. A lot like Jackie Woodson's story Each Kindness. A young girl is consumed with her own issues. She interacts with someone else and it doesn't end well. Then, she realizes her lack of empathy and tries to make it right.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    A beautiful and sweet story. I was special to me, because I have done exactly what the boy in the story does, many times. So I related to this story, in the most heartfelt way. I just loved this graphic novel.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marlana Kitsakos

    A great short story that teaches a real lesson that I think everyone can benefit from. You never know what others are going through. You just have to be kind, take your time, and put in an effort to learn something about someone. Everyone needs friends and it never hurts to be nice to people.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alice Rachel

    Really cute and incredibly heartbreaking. Very expensive too, but I think it was self-published so it might not have been possible for the author to lower the price. It was very well drawn and sweet.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    This short graphic novel is a lovely reminder that we choose how to interact with others and we never know what someone else is going through.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Esperanza Navarro

    The graphics were lovely, the story sweet. Not much more to say. Probably great for younger ages, nothing enlightening for someone older? But enjoyable none-the-less.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    Not quite as substantial a graphic novel as I was expecting. Some of the art looked like clip art.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    short, simple, and a sweet lesson/story

  26. 4 out of 5

    kim

    A nice little story but was a 2 minute read. Very short...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Allen

    I am not crying! You're crying... 😭 Such a wholesome story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    What a sweet story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Marie

    This book should be the length of a normal graphic novel, instead of a less than 5 minute read. It has potential, but falls flat because of the quick storytelling.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Phelps

    I was under the impression this would be longer than 28 pages, but this is little more than just a short story. The art was nice but the story was just eh.

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