The Loud Book!

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Just like there are lots of quiets, there are also lots of louds:

Good louds

and bad louds


And louds that make you feel like you are
the center of attention (BURP!).

The Loud Book compiles all these kid-friendly noises
from morning to night,
in a way that is sure to make readers

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The colors are a bit brighter and the type is set all in caps, but this sequel to The Quiet Book stars the same gang of fuzzy creatures and is every bit as charming. Many of the "louds" are found in school—there's "WALKING-TO-SCHOOL SONG LOUD" and "BURP DURING QUIET TIME LOUD." Playful details abound; the bowling bear who makes a strike ("GOOD CRASH LOUD") in one panel is seen bowling on a fuzzy TV screen in the next. A father rabbit who's watching TV hears a dreadful noise in the kitchen ("BAD CRASH LOUD"); careful inspection reveals that the small rabbit sitting on top of the television is reading The Quiet Book. Liwska's artwork, as always, is noteworthy for its depth and warmth. The expressions on the faces of her animals convey community, even intimacy; they often appear to have been deep in conversation just before being interrupted by a deafening crash. Fans of the first book will be delighted to extend their bedtime reading time with the second, and they'll welcome the chance to pump up the volume. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)
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"Fans of the first book will be delighted to extend their bedtime reading time with the second, and they'll welcome the chance to pump up the volume."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The complete opposite of the delightful The Quiet Book, this deliciously worthy companion title earns 'applause loud' . . . Act out a few of these moments during storytime for a joyous romp."—School Library Journal, starred review

"Fortified with the same charm and humor as the first book, this has enough activity and drama to elicit interesting observations and reactions from young audiences."—Booklist

"A worthy companion to their previous success."—Kirkus Reviews


Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
There is a variety of loud sounds and some loudness may depend on the context. There are sounds that are obviously loud like a ringing alarm clock in the morning, the crashing pins at a bowling alley, or the explosion of brilliant fireworks. Yet, Underwood also considers the loudness of a crackling campfire at night or a crinkle of a candy wrapper in a quiet theater. Students may find it helpful to discuss some of the pictures and text to further understand what is inferred about loud sounds such as the page about an apple covered with ants being "ants loud." There is one picture and text that appear to mismatch slightly. The text is about the sound of a burp during a quiet period; however, the illustration seems to support a growling stomach of a hungry student before lunch. The two students seem to be looking at a loud stomach and there's a closed lunch bag on the table top. Nonetheless, children may enjoy seeing the cuddly, anthropomorphic animals in the illustrations and exploring the difference loud sound sensations, perhaps even coming up with a few of their own. Children may wish to compare the sounds of this book with the author's earlier book, The Quiet Book. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—The complete opposite of the delightful The Quiet Book (Houghton Harcourt, 2010), this deliciously worthy companion title earns "applause loud." The familiar fuzzy little bears and bunnies act out snapshots of "loud," such as fire truck day at school, which finds a bucket full of critters atop a tall ladder, and giving a "surprise loud" at an unexpected arrival of a skeleton from an anatomy class. Liwska's soft-focus pencil illustrations create anticipation with "bad crash loud," making readers guess what may have happened offstage. The facial features and bright awestruck eyes express recognizable feelings for "fireworks loud." The text is printed in all capital letters which reinforces the sense of noise. The author and illustrator challenge youngsters with their humorous depiction of "deafening silence loud" as Mother catches little hands in the cookie jar. Act out a few of these moments during storytime for a joyous romp.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
For each kind of quiet found in Underwood and Liwska's Quiet Book (2010) there are now just as many kinds of LOUD! Written with the same grace and economy, the short glimpses of "louds" range from good to bad and every clanging in between. The day starts with "alarm clock loud," showing little rabbit desperately trying to muffle the sound with a pillow wrapped round his ears. There is also the embarrassing "dropping your lunch tray loud" and the ever-agonizing "candy wrapper loud" (in a quiet theater, of course). But surprisingly, some louds have no sound at all, like the "deafening silence loud" of getting caught doing something wrong. Eschewing noise lines and other dramatic visuals—save for the title and copyright page where the words burst forth at sharp, diagonal angles—Liwska instead shows mouths open in loud roars, boisterous crowds and hands over tortured ears. The text, written in all caps, doesn't necessarily shout, but it does sneak in an urgent edge. The overall format of fuzzy illustrations and sweet simplicity of moments suited its quiet predecessor a bit better, but the collaborators have created a worthy companion to their previous success. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547744919
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 918,463
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Deborah Underwood has written many books for children. She lives in San Francisco.
Renata Liwska lives and works in Calgary, Canada, with her illustrator husband, Mike. Her childhood memories are of growing up in Warsaw, Poland.

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