The Books

The Merchant of Noises

by Anna Rozen
Illustrated by Francois Avril

One Potato Review

Klackata. Tirika Trika Trika Trok. Foooboolooooo. The writer and illustrator of this book hail from France, and it’s funny how even their noises sound foreign. Mr. Bing, the eponymous merchant, savors, copies, and peddles the splendors of our auditory landscape. The conceit may feel sometimes stretched to the breaking point, and unfamiliar touches – the geometric drawings, and rambling plot, and surprising motivations – may test a reader’s equilibrium, still here is a playful, almost Seussian reminder of all of the places you can go when you keep an open mind.