The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Renata Liwska

There are many kind of quiet.  Quiet can cozy.  Quiet can be tense.  Quiet can be worth savoring.  Quiet can be gone in a flash.  This book celebrates the many kinds of quiet, offering examples of the many moments of quiet in a day.  Starting with the quiet of being the first one awake, the book ends with the quiet of being sound asleep.  In between, readers will find examples of quiet that are funny, surprising and poignant.  This is a simple premise executed with great finesse.

Underwood’s one-per-page examples of quiet each end with the word “quiet.”  As you read through the book aloud, you will discover which of the examples make you hush your words even more and which examples are exuberant despite the silence.  Deftly done, the examples are varied and interesting.  Liwska’s illustrations add to the gentle humor, offering visual examples of quiet.  Her pencil and digital images are soft and witty at the same time.

Recommended for bedtime reading, this book is perfect for snuggling under the covers and reading to a little one.  Happy cuddles!  Appropriate for ages 2-4.

Reviewed from library copy.

Check out the websites of Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska