Kirkus Reviews : "A simple repetitive tale, equally suitable for noisy participation and for settling down to 'a very quiet dream.'"
The Horn Book Magazine, 7/20/67
"Small children will love the pleasant humor, the rhythmic repetition, the absurd logic, and the tongue-in-cheek illustrations."
As an elementary music teacher, I have found that Too Much Noise is an excellent story to read in music class when discussing dynamics (louds and softs) to first graders. After learning sound effects, i.e. "creaking","squeaking", "swish", "hiss" and animal noises, my students get swept up in the gradual crescendo of the story. The sudden quiet effect that occurs in the room when all the animals leave the old man's house is breath-taking and mesmerizing to the children. One can literally hear a pin drop. Such is the power of great story-telling!