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The Loud Book!

by (author) Deborah Underwood

illustrated by Renata Liwska

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Initial publish date
Apr 2011
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2018
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2011
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 3



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

Good louds

and bad louds

(CRASH!)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

About the authors

Deborah Underwood has written many books for children. She lives in San Francisco.

Deborah Underwood's profile page

Renata Liwska grew up in Warsaw, Poland, and now lives in Calgary, Canada. She is the illustrator of The Quiet Book and The Loud Book!, both written by Deborah Underwood and both New York Times bestsellers, and Places To Be, written by Mac Barnett. For The Quiet Book, Renata Liwska was awarded the 2010 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal and was named a 2010 Governor General’s Award finalist. You can visit her online at

Renata Liwska's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"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 delightfulTheQuiet 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


Librarian Reviews

The Loud Book

Calgary artist Renata Liwska was a 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award nominee for The Quiet Book. Her delightful illustrations continue to enchant in The Loud Book and Red Wagon (which has been nominated for the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award). Liwska draws in pencil and colours digitally, and the result is a rich softness in her humorous and animated scenes – whether in vignettes or double-page spreads.

In The Loud Book (a sequel to The Quiet Book), American author Deborah Underwood takes us through a day of different kinds of loud – from “alarm clock loud” through “dropping your lunch tray loud” to “snoring sister loud” and finally “crickets loud.” With effective use of line and gesture and gentle warm colour, Liwska illustrates these words in scenes featuring various rabbits, bears, raccoons and a somewhat mysterious iguana – school chums, loving parents and other adults.

In writing and illustrating Red Wagon, Liwska gives us the story of Lucy who wants to play with her bright new wagon. Instead, her mother asks her to do a chore, but Lucy’s trip to the market to buy vegetables evolves into a series of adventures with her friends. Although the text is slightly flat towards the end of the story, it is more than made up for by the illustrations, which carry the reader through a maritime adventure, into the wild west, at the circus, on the railroad and even in space – with a wealth of fun details that will engross young readers.

Gillian O’Reilly is the editor of Canadian Children’s Book News.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2011. Volume 34 No. 4.

The Loud Book!

In this follow-up to The Quiet Book author Deborah Underwood has created a compilation of kid-friendly noises like HOORAY! CRASH! and BURP! in a way that will make readers CHEER! Young children will thoroughly enjoy the coupling of the simple text with the delightful illustrations. Get ready to get LOUD!

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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