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The Quiet Book Hardcover – April 12, 2010

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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



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There are many kinds of quiet:

Quiet can be delicate.
Quiet can be thundering!
Quiet can be sweet,and cozy,and can most definitely help you fall asleep.

With kid-centric descriptions and irresistible artwork, this gentle picture book explores all the different quiets that can fill a child's days from morning to night.



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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.


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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547215673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547215679
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When so many contemporary Children's Books seem to appeal more to parents than kids, it was quite refreshing to come across this little gem! "The Quiet Book", by Deborah Underwood with illustrations by Renata Liwska, is a perfect example of what a picture book should be. The irresistibly charming art complements the spare text beautifully. It's a deceptively simple book that reveals more with each reading. Although the title might suggest that this is strictly a bedtime storybook, it's really all about the different kinds of "quiet time" a child experiences throughout the day.
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The Quiet Book is a precious collection of *different kinds of quiet* such as coloring-in-the-lines-quiet and trying-not-to-hiccup-quiet. The illustrations are a soft palate of earthy pastels and the child-animals are absolutely adorable. There are a couple of reasons why I truly love this book and would highly recommend. 1) It's an entertaining way to help children notice when quiet arises naturally. 2) This book encourages children to discover the emotions behind different kinds of quiet - be it contentment or nervousness, excitement or silent awe. It also makes a perfect gift for the friend in your life (no matter how old) who might need a meditation on quiet and where it can be found. In a world of ever-increasing noise and stimulus, this book is a very special one.
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This is a wondrous book about all the different kinds of quiet there are for kids. Happy quiets and worried quiets, scared quiets and "was I being naughty?" quiets.

I have to declare an interest, since I am Deborah Underwood's brother in law. Which means I have had the privilege of knowing the book for many years in draft form (you have NO idea how long it takes for children's picture books to come out.)

The book has always been brilliant but I didn't imagine how great the pictures would be to go with it.

In short I think this is a great book and I don't think you or your children will be disappointed.
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The perfect combo of art and text, this wonderful book is for anyone (big or small) who wants a respite from today's busy - and loud - world. A beautiful little book destined to become a classic!
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I love children's stories that are short with their words but big in their meaning. The Quiet Book is a perfect blend of soft, effective imagery coupled with simple yet very familiar language that quickly draws in readers young and old. Its message is loud and clear and anyone who reads this story will easily relate to several of its passages. The animal characters are soft and wonderful and each one from the iguana to the bear that drops his jelly sandwich is sweet and lovable. Such a warm and comforting story - perfect for reading before bed or while you are curling up with your young ones on a rainy/snowy day. Lovely work.
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There are all types of quiet--happy quiet, sad quiet, fun quiet and uh-oh quiet. Deborah Underwood captures them with her sweet text and Renata Liwska brings them to life with soft (quiet) illustrations. This book doesn't yell and roar. It grabs you instead with its softness, making you think and smile. A very good thing to do with a little one you love. This is a book I love to read again and again. So will you.
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My daughter and I read this book before naptime, a definite "quiet" time and it helps her unwind and get ready for sleep. The illustrations are so sweet and beautiful. I highly recommend this book to all the parents out there!
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The little brown bunny stretched, touched his toes and was quiet because no one else was awake. It was a time for silence because "there are many kinds of quiet." Sometimes it is time for youngsters to be noisy, but other times . . . ssshhhh. The little brown bunny touched his hand lightly to his forehead as bear's jelly sandwich hit the floor, "jelly side down." Ssshhh! It's nice for two friends to sit quietly and listen to a robin sing his song. Whispering secrets, coloring quietly (in the lines of course), thinking up a good reason to tell Mommy why you have been naughty, and playing hide-and-seek are times to be quiet. Ssshhh!

When the little moose was sitting on a bench holding his lunch box waiting for a ride home, he was very quiet. Swimming under the water is a special bubbly kind of quiet, but when the nurse is going to give you a shot it's definitely "pretending you're invisible quiet." Quiet times are when you suck on a lollipop when you're feeling under the weather, the shock of seeing your haircut in the mirror, keeping quiet when your little sister is sleeping, or trying not to make a peep when your yell "SURPRISE" at a birthday party. There are all kinds of special quiet times. Can you think of one?

This utterly charming book is one of those perfect bedtime books that will be cherished for years to come. It seemed like every little ssshhh moment was exquisitely and gently captured in both the text and the artwork. The artwork meshed perfectly with the "quiet" theme and the cast of adorable animals were captivating. My favorite scene was the little brown bunny and the iguana nestled together in bed in a darkened room . . . "What flashlight?" This is the type of book that childhood memories are made of. This lovely book is one that will definitely make its way into many hearts . . . and onto many wish lists!
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