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A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound
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Author John Irving
Illustrator Tatjana Hauptmann
Language English
Publisher Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Publication date
September 28, 2004
ISBN 0-385-74680-6

A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, September 28, 2004, ISBN: 0-385-74680-6) is a children's picture book written by John Irving and illustrated by Tatjana Hauptmann. The title was originally used for a children's book written by a fictional character (Ted Cole) in Irving's 1998 novel A Widow for One Year.

Plot summary

The story takes place in a house, late at night. A young child, asleep in his bed, awakes to hear a sound he describes as "a sound like someone trying not to make a sound". The child wakes his father and describes the sound to him. The child believes that the sound comes from a "monster with no arms and legs", which "slides on its fur" and "pulls itself along on its teeth". The father and child discover that the sound is coming from the mice in the walls, and the child is comforted by his parent. The two return to sleep.

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