Zzzzzt! Cr-a-a-ck! Boom! Boom! Rumble! Swish-wack! Thump-wump!
Rumble-brum-brum-brum . . . brum . . . brum
Shutta uses these delicious sound words overlaid on the art to convey a complete sensory experience for the reader as the huge storm rolls in.
In this final example, fellow Rhyme Doctor Patricia Toht employs this effectively in her poetry collection, ALL ABOARD THE LONDON BUS (Illustrated by Sam Usher).In her poem “The Tube” look at two sound words Patty employs to make you feel that you are right there in the underground waiting for the next train.
Glowing light. Gust of wind. Rumble. Screech! Train pulls in.
You can almost feel the platform shudder as the train arrives—better hop on the train! Read further and find more great sound words in the poem, including Hisssss. Ka-thunk! Whip! Zip! And more . . .
Can you find a way to use sound words effectively in any of your current projects?
Your reader will benefit from the full sensory experience. See you next time.
by Eileen Meyer, Rhyme Doctor