THE QUIET BOOK by Deborah Underwood

THE QUIET BOOK

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Age Range: 3 - 5

KIRKUS REVIEW

This gallery of quietude works for bedtime or calming down while also acknowledging that some quiet moods are less than happy. Each page shows one type of quietness, from classics such as, “Sleeping sister quiet,” to the creative locale of “Swimming underwater quiet,” to the delightful specificity of “Trying not to hiccup quiet.” As these young children (moose, bear, rabbit, mouse and porcupine) move from scene to scene, they experience some contented silences (watching a robin, skipping rocks with a friend) and some tinged with insecurity (“First look at your new hairstyle quiet”), regret (“Jelly side down quiet”—a sandwich falling to the floor) or worry (“Last one to get picked up from school quiet”). The final sequence—a nighttime car ride in the snow, peaceful steps to bedtime—makes a comforting end. Liwska colors her finely hatched pencil drawings with low-value, low-intensity hues, matching the theme of low aural volume with a muted but detailed visual quality that invites a close look. Soothing and layered. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-547-21567-9
Page count: 32pp
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2010




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