Children’s Book Review: The Loud Book, by Deborah Underwood

Rarely is my 3yo son peaceful and quiet as we head to his room for bedtime. He often needs to purge the last of his daily wiggles and wails, and we’ve discovered that The Loud Book by Deborah Underwood (illustrated by Renata Liwska) is a fun way for him to do just that.

The Loud Book is the bookend to Underwood and Liwska’s popular The Quiet Book, published last Spring. It’s the same adorable, furry gang in each book, and Liwska’s soft illustrations make these fun characters both lovely to look at and something you’d like to squeeze or pet, like a child’s stuffy come to life.

{photo credit Renata Liwska, visit her website for a gallery of her beautiful illustrations}

What we love most about The Loud Book are the noisy situations we get to act out, each time a little differently. How would you interpret “Grandma’s banjo band loud?” or “fireworks loud?” One of my favorites is the “deafening silence loud.” My 3yo launches into fits of giggles between letting loose with whoops and hollers, and it’s great fun to have this time to get loud before needing to calm down and say goodnight.

*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of the book to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. And there may or may not be a little jumping on the mattress accompanied with reading this book in our house. Which is just fine with me!