Book Review–The Loud Book by Deborah Underwood


The Loud Book by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Renata Liwska

The author and illustrator of The Quiet Book return with a much noisier book that celebrates the different kinds of loud there are.  The noises follow a bunny through his day from waking up with alarm clock yard to a sister snoring at bedtime and finally crickets singing.  Many of the loud moments could be considered quieter ones, focusing on the noises that can seem loud in different situations.  This is a great noise-filled foil to the first book.

Underwood has collected lovely moments throughout a day that range from very loud and disruptive to funnily loud like a burp in a classroom to noises that only seem loud because of the circumstances.  For each noise, she offers a little phrase that explains the situation and the noise, often with a wry sense of humor.

Liwska’s illustrations offer a fuzzy, warm group of animal characters.  She has a great sense of humor in her work, capitalizing on the most humorous moments and capturing them to great effect. 

A perfect companion to the first book, this noise-filled book is sure to be a hit with any noisy group of preschoolers, meaning all of them.  Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from library copy.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review–The Loud Book by Deborah Underwood

  1. I just got this book in at my branch and it has inspired next week’s Quiet/Loud storytime (which my parents know really just means I want another excuse to be loud in the library). It’s so cute. We’re going to use both The Quiet Book and The Loud Book.


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