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Children's Fiction Sounds

Grumble, Yawn

by (author) Deborah Kerbel

illustrated by Jacqui Lee

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2022
Sounds, Bedtime & Dreams, Cats, Imagination & Play
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 2
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 0 to 2


Grumble Yawn follows the onomatopoeic antics of a young girl and her cat as they resist the bedtime routine.

This toddler-friendly book is composed entirely of sounds, and adults and children alike will find humor in a silly story that calls out to be read aloud with emphasis and humorous inflection. Howl moan squawk stomp—readers may recognize their own cacophonous bedtimes as the main character thwarts going quietly to sleep. Conceptualized and written by award-winning author Deborah Kerbel and illustrated by artist Jacqui Lee, this board book will delight readers of all ages.

About the authors

Deborah Kerbel is the author of several picture books, including Before You Were Born, When Molly Drew Dogs, and the award-winning Sun Dog, as well as novels for middle grade and young adult readers. Born in London, England, she moved to Canada at the age of two and went on to attend the University of Western Ontario. Her novels have been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association YA Book of the Year, and the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award. Deborah lives in Thornhill, Ontario, with her husband, two book-loving children, and a schnoodle named Alfredo.


Deborah Kerbel's profile page

Jacqui Lee’s illustrations are focused on storytelling and are inspired by the world around her. Jacqui's I Am Josephine was a CCBC Best Book for Kids and Teens and she was awarded an Alcuin Society Award for Excellence in Book Design for Murilla Gorilla and the Hammock Problem. Her work is fun, cheerful and aims to bring a smile to people’s faces. She loves the handmade and textural look of gouache paint and often carries a sketchbook with her, especially while travelling. An alumnus of the Alberta University of the Arts, she now lives in London, UK.


Jacqui Lee's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“A lovely little book that parents can pull out anytime they want to have a quick bedtime story.”

Children's Literature

“Kerbel never fails to delight, and this one will have lapsitters giggling off to dream time.”

School Library Journal

“Young readers will reach for Grumble, Yawn time and time again. The fun onomatopoeic rhythmic sounds help to bring a new meaning to these words in an enjoyable way. It’s the perfect book to read before bedtime and an equally perfect book to add to your bookshelf. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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