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Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2010: Give Goodnight Moon and Goodnight Gorilla the night off and pick up this new bedtime classic. This pitch-perfect picture book by Deborah Underwood and illustrator Renata Liwska will quell the pre-bedtime crazies. With the softest of opening salvos--"There are many kinds of quiet"--the story reflects all the different peaceful moments during the day, like "Coloring in the lines quiet," "Hide and seek quiet," and of course "Bedtime kiss quiet." The repetitive pattern of the text paired with softly colored illustrations of adorable stuffed animals is better than a lullaby. --Lauren Nemroff
There are many kinds of quiet:
Amazon Exclusive: Sketches from Renata Liwska, Illustrator of The Quiet Book
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|Drawing an iguana. It can be tough making the characters look the same throughout the book.||I like to do finished drawings at a coffee shop and color them later on my computer.||The bunny must have turned over in between the sketch and the finished drawing.||Thinking about bubble baths.|
|A small sketchbook for a small drawing.||The owl gets emotional in the final drawing.||Trying to figure out how to say quiet.||Some of these guys got left out of the book.|
Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 1—This gentle picture book subtly explores the many different kinds of "quiet." Bears, rabbits, porcupines, mice, owls, moose, and wombats are depicted in situations that effectuate the notion of quiet throughout the daily life of a young child. For example, the "first one awake quiet" shows a rabbit doing his morning stretches. In "Right before you yell, 'SURPRISE!' quiet," three animal friends crouch behind a couch. "Making a wish quiet" presents a contemplative porcupine sitting on a stool wearing a party hat. A bear and a rabbit playing tag with the waves at the beach symbolize, "Best friends don't need to talk quiet." The soft, matte feel of the illustrations, created with pencil, are digitally enhanced, and are priceless. The animals' facial expressions and body language are endearing. White space is used creatively to emphasize the mostly gray or brown palette. All of the scenarios are child-centric and realistic. A delightful and enchanting choice for storytime or sharing one-on-one.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
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Very cute book that my grandson adores. He's nearly two and is making up his own times when being quiet is appropriate. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Tongco
Beautiful illustrations! I use this book and it's companion "The Loud Book" to teach dynamics in my music classes.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This got a lot of good reviews. My kids don't love it that much. I still read it to them in hopes that it will grow on them.Published 9 months ago by issi27