Review: The Quiet 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 12, 2010)
Source of book: Author/Publisher
Inspiration for the New York Times bestselling The Quiet Book struck Deborah Underwood during a classical guitar concert—the first kind of quietness coming from the audience as they hushed for the beginning of the performance—which led to an exploration of the many kinds of “quiet” that children experience on a regular basis. Almost like a list, each page of the book is dedicated to a different quiet moment, beginning with “first one awake quiet” and ending with “sound asleep quiet.” Some particular “quiets” are most contemplative, giving some quiet and reflective moments of their own; such as, “thinking of a good reason you were drawing on the wall quiet” and “”what flashlight?” quiet.” Others are just sheer joy—”lollipop quiet.”
Illustrator Renata Liwska’s choice of cuddly critters (rabbits, bears and wombats etc.) and subtle hues add the perfect amount of character to each scenario. The critters’ appearances are soft enough to match the tone of the text. Their pencil drawn expressions combined with blushing cheeks, which have been colored digitally, easily give off the sense of bashfulness, embarrassment, and bliss—depending on the kind of “quiet”—that only add to the experience. Although, faces are not needed to be seen for “best friends don’t need to talk quiet”—the words speak clearly enough and a picture of a bear and bunny with backs turned, skimming rocks into the ocean, is all that is needed. Although there is limited text, this is not a quick read. Each page should be savored so that a full exploration of feelings can take place. One of the best children’s picture books of 2010!
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