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An interview with Beth appeared in the April 8, 2013 edition of "Macaroni Kid". Read the interview here.

Beth participated in the "Read and Romp 2011" party at the Seaport Hotel on Nov. 15, 2011. See the Boston Globe coverage [pdf].

Reviews of Blue Ribbon Dad

Publishers Weekly, April 2011
A young squirrel hustles to get a surprise ready before his father comes home. While working on an arts-and-crafts project that necessitates glue, glitter, sequins, stickers, and more, the squirrel reflects on everything his father does for him. "He always packs my favorite lunch,/ Then drives me right to school./ On Saturdays he stays to watch/ My lessons at the pool." Moore's delicately outlined watercolors mirror the coziness of the text. The squirrel’s father is delighted, of course, with the blue ribbon he receives upon his return; readers don't have to go through nearly as much effort: a punch-out paper ribbon is included.

School Library Journal, April 2011
In rhyming quatrains, a young squirrel prepares a surprise for his father. He gathers his tools: glue, glitter, pencils, and clay, working independently while nearby his mother prepares a cake. He counts down the hours until his father is due to return: "My dad is coming home soon,/And with two hours left I find/A golden sticker, big and bright./It's just the perfect kind." He completes a step of his project each hour as he reminisces about activities that his father engages in: "He always packs my favorite lunch,/Then drives me right to school./On Saturdays he stays to watch/My lessons at the pool." The youngster works steadily, and, at five o'clock, Dad comes home to a hug, a chocolate cake, and a handmade blue ribbon. The rhyming text and large illustrations are ideal for a read-aloud. The happy squirrel family is rendered in black pen and watercolors. Attentive readers will notice small details, such as a clock in the background on which to check the time. The book concludes with a blue ribbon to punch out as a gift. This is a good pick for celebrating fathers.

Reviews of Noises at Night

The Reading Tub

The Reading Tub recommends
Noises At Night

"Kids in early elementary still love bedtime stories. As they grow as readers, you can expand to include both picture and chapter books, as well as easy readers so they can share the fun of reading, too."

ABC Read to Me

Noises at Night was included as a recommended title in the new book ABC, Read to Me, a professional book for teachers and librarians by acclaimed author and librarian Toni Buzzeo. Click here for more information or to order.

Parents' Choice Foundation, Fall 2005
Usually, children's books about things that go bump in the night take one of two directions: The monster-under-the-bed plot or the it's-only-a-shadow approach. So it's refreshing to read Beth Raisner Glass and Susan Lubner's Noises At Night, in which a wide-awake boy decides that nocturnal sounds are actually invitations to play. That dripping faucet? A pirate ship at sea. The hissing radiator? Only a snake he's charmed to sleep. The story is told in brisk rhyme as the little boy moves from adventure to adventure, and Bruce Whatley's light-on-dark acrylics add both action and humor (check out the Indiana Jones allusion). This book is an entertaining tuck-in read, and may also comfort young children who fear nighttime noises. Who knows, those mysterious sounds you hear upstairs after bedtime could turn out to be adventures in the making.

Kirkus, starred review, October 1, 2005
Nighttime, with all its shadows and sounds, can be disconcerting for even the most lion-hearted. In this tale, as the moonlight touches a little boy's quilt, he says, "I hear noises at night," as his and his dog's ears perk up. "I like to pretend when I shut off the light, / The noises turn into adventures at night!" --and thus the color palette changes from blues to brights. The sounds are first identified, and then imagined scenarios come into play. A vroom of a passing truck becomes the youngster flying a plane. The tick-tock of the clock becomes the trotting of a horse as the boy rides out west. One of the best spreads is prompted by the hiss of the heater. It shows the youngster wrapped in a snake's puffy coils, the background ablaze in orange, but the snake's eyes show that it is completely charmed by the boy's flute playing. The expansive illustrations, in dazzling acrylics, amuse and enchant. This tale is a wonderful way to ease bedtime fears and may even result in children creating their own soothing game.

Publisher's Weekly, August, 2005
"Wide-eyed and alert, an unnamed boy narrator describes on rhyming verse the sounds that "float through my house." The first two are pale blue and shadowy black spreads that evoke a mood of eerie quiet. But when the boy reveals his strategy for warding off fear ("I like to pretend when I shut off the light,/The noises turn into adventures at night!), cheerful reds and whites brighten a humorous illustration of a nervous dog sitting atop the boy's head, and the fun begins. A dripping faucet launches a watery fantasy: "I'm a sea captain now/I skim over the waves that slap onto the bow."; a hissing furnace becomes a snake that he'll charm into a trance. Each anxiety-making sound sparks a fantasy in which the empowered child, wearing a range of costumes (and teddy bear in tow), takes control of the situation. Whatley's action-packed illustrations unfold against a background of thick, swirling brushstrokes, exuding an exuberant charm. At long last, the boy's eyelids close, and the "sound of the quiet now puts me to sleep." Readers with nighttime anxieties may well find this story's playful coping strategy a helpful model."

Midwest Book Review, September 2005
Reviewer's Choice
"Beth Raisner Glass and Susan Lubner's Noises At Night...presents a rhyming bedtime book teaching kids that going to sleep can be fun. Bruce Whatley provides the whimsical drawings as a young boy, dog and teddy bear by his side, uses his imagination to turn night noises into exciting new activities. An inspirational nap-time book which also offers some unusual career options for kids to think about."

School Library Journal, September 2005
A bedtime story with a new twist, told in jaunty rhymed couplets. A boy describes the noises he hears at night, but instead of being frightened by them, he dreams up wild adventures for himself and his teddy bear suggested by the various drips, taps, and creaks. The hiss of the heater is a snake that he has charmed, the vroom of a truck is the roar of his plane, and the boom of thunder becomes the drum roll for his circus trapeze act. The last sound is the "SHHH, SHHHHHH" of the quiet that puts him to sleep. Instead of a fearful and anxious protagonist, the authors present a boy who handles scary situations with a clever coping strategy. Whatley's spirited acrylic spreads incorporate delightful bits of humor, such as the nervous pet dog that acts as a comic foil to the brave boy. While this tale does not have the calming verse and quiet reassurance of standard bedtime fare, it is a welcome departure from the formula. Pair it with Laura Simms's The Squeaky Door (Random, 1991) for a storytime featuring bumps in the night.
-Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

Sudbury Town Crier, July 28, 2005

West Harford News, August 4, 2005

Stoughton Journal, November 25, 2005

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Unless otherwise noted, all illustrations are courtesy of Bruce Whatley