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To Nerea, whose night I imagined the right and the wrong way around. — Mar Pavón —

The Night of the Noises Text © Mar Pavón Illustrations © María José Olavarría This edition © 2014 Cuento de Luz SL Calle Claveles 10 | Urb Monteclaro | Pozuelo de Alarcón | 28223 | Madrid | Spain www.cuentodeluz.com Title in Spanish: La noche de los ruidos English translation by Jon Brokenbrow ISBN: 978-84-15784-97-5 Printed by Shanghai Chenxi Printing Co., Ltd. xxxx 2014, print number xxx All rights reserved


Luke is a very brave little boy, but when night falls he hides under his sheets, absolutely terrified. The snarling of Blubberhead the monster makes his hair stand on end… Blubberhead, you’re such a bore! Get yourself outside that door! But in reply, Blubberhead just keeps snarling and growling. Luke pulls his sheets up higher and higher – and the worst thing is the night has only just begun!


Luke, still shaking with fear, can hear Quiltbury the ghost creeping up on his bed. He knows it’s him because he can hear the clanking of his chains. Quiltbury, get out of here! I’m going to wet the bed in fear! But Quiltbury doesn’t pay any attention, and keeps moving towards Luke with his heavy chains. Does he want to wrap them around him?


Things are getting pretty scary in Luke’s room: now it’s Verruca the witch who’s trying to open his window with her broomstick! Verruca, please, just stay outside, While I look for a place to hide! But Verruca keeps trying to get into Luke’s bedroom; maybe she’s going to turn him into some kind of horrible bug!


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The sun’s just gone down, and a garage door clanks upwards. It’s Mrs. Petersen, who’s coming back from work and putting her car away. As she lowers the door, Mrs. Petersen holds her hands over her ears. How I hate this moment! This noise is such a torment! Mrs. Petersen isn’t exaggerating. Everyone walking past her house at that time puts their hands over their ears, too!


To Ana, for her trust, my paintbrush. To Mar, for her lettered castle, my illustrated kiss. To my beloved Gabriel, Antonia, Cocó and Laura, so that they may have sweet dreams, I dedicate this tale. — María José Olavarría —

The Noises of the Night Text © Mar Pavón Illustrations © María José Olavarría This edition © 2013 Cuento de Luz SL Calle Claveles 10 | Urb Monteclaro | Pozuelo de Alarcón | 28223 | Madrid | Spain www.cuentodeluz.com Title in Spanish: Los ruidos de la noche English translation by Jon Brokenbrow ISBN: 978-84-15784-97-5 Printed by Shanghai Chenxi Printing Co., Ltd. xxxx 2013, print number xxx All rights reserved



The Night of the Noises