Review: The Loud Book! by Deborah Underwood
By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: March 20, 2011
by Deborah Underwood (Author), Renata Liwska (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 1-6
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (April 4, 2011)
Source of book: Author/Publisher
Last year, Underwood and Liwska’s New York Times bestselling The Quiet Book (2010) reminded us of the many different kinds of quiet that there are. This year, in the companion book, we get to discover different kinds of loud! From the surprising moments to the accidental to the fun and the oops (burp during quiet time loud) moments, this talented writing and illustrating duo know how to hit the emotion button (along with the alarm clock ‘loud’ button)—they use just the right amount of commotion. The best part about this book is that it gives all the power to the reader: Read gently with attention brought to the humor in the pictures, it’s the perfect way to reassure a sensitive listener or reader who is easily startled by loud noises. Read with enthusiasm, added sound effects, and, once again, attention brought to the humorous pictures; it’s a crowd pleaser for the rambunctious five-and-under crew. There is an opportunity on every page for a reader or listener to make a connection either internally or with their story-time partner(s).
Underwood, who is certainly in-touch with her inner-child, provides the clear and defining text that is the backbone to this book. Liwska has interpreted each loud moment that Underwood has shared with expressive pencil drawings that have been colored digitally. It is these touching illustrations of lovable animal critters with expressions-to-boot that bring Underwood’s words so beautifully to life. You could not have one without the other. This book deserves a cheer that is equal to “home run loud!”
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