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All quiet is not created equal. In this irresistibly charming picture book, many different quiet moments are captured, from the anticipation-heavy “Top of the roller coaster quiet” to the shocked-into-silence “First look at your new hairstyle quiet.” The impossibly sweet bears, rabbits, fish, birds, and iguanas are all rendered in soft pencils and colored digitally, and, a All quiet is not created equal. In this irresistibly charming picture book, many different quiet moments are captured, from the anticipation-heavy “Top of the roller coaster quiet” to the shocked-into-silence “First look at your new hairstyle quiet.” The impossibly sweet bears, rabbits, fish, birds, and iguanas are all rendered in soft pencils and colored digitally, and, as in all of the best picture books, the illustrations propel the story far beyond the words. A sure-to-be-a-classic bedtime favorite.   Awards: 2011 ALA Notable Children's Book, 2010–2011, New York Times bestseller, 2011 CCBC Choices, 2011 NCTE Notable Children's Trade Book, 2010 New York Times Notable Book, 2010 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, 2010 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

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All quiet is not created equal. In this irresistibly charming picture book, many different quiet moments are captured, from the anticipation-heavy “Top of the roller coaster quiet” to the shocked-into-silence “First look at your new hairstyle quiet.” The impossibly sweet bears, rabbits, fish, birds, and iguanas are all rendered in soft pencils and colored digitally, and, a All quiet is not created equal. In this irresistibly charming picture book, many different quiet moments are captured, from the anticipation-heavy “Top of the roller coaster quiet” to the shocked-into-silence “First look at your new hairstyle quiet.” The impossibly sweet bears, rabbits, fish, birds, and iguanas are all rendered in soft pencils and colored digitally, and, as in all of the best picture books, the illustrations propel the story far beyond the words. A sure-to-be-a-classic bedtime favorite.   Awards: 2011 ALA Notable Children's Book, 2010–2011, New York Times bestseller, 2011 CCBC Choices, 2011 NCTE Notable Children's Trade Book, 2010 New York Times Notable Book, 2010 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, 2010 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

30 review for The Quiet Book

  1. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I love a well-thought children’s story. An apologue with clever illustrations and amusing wordage. The Quiet Book is about a little bear and rabbit -along with their friends- who share snippets of cohesive moments. Breaths of hush. The pictorial images are in muted browns and greys and blend with their smidgens of silence. I was going to list you my favorites but I love all of them. This is a wonderful book to read to girls and boys, 4 or younger, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see older childre I love a well-thought children’s story. An apologue with clever illustrations and amusing wordage. The Quiet Book is about a little bear and rabbit -along with their friends- who share snippets of cohesive moments. Breaths of hush. The pictorial images are in muted browns and greys and blend with their smidgens of silence. I was going to list you my favorites but I love all of them. This is a wonderful book to read to girls and boys, 4 or younger, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see older children reading it to themselves. Everyone deserves a moment of peace.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Vegan

    I really liked In a Blue Room but I’m not usually a fan of “go to bed” or otherwise “quiet down” books. I loved everything about this book. Every page is precious. Kids will appreciate all the different kinds of quiet and can think up some of their own. The illustrations are perfect. This is a good bedtime or anytime book. The “story” goes from waking in the morning to bedtime, with what could be an extremely full day in-between, but they’re probably activities during many days. I read it then I im I really liked In a Blue Room but I’m not usually a fan of “go to bed” or otherwise “quiet down” books. I loved everything about this book. Every page is precious. Kids will appreciate all the different kinds of quiet and can think up some of their own. The illustrations are perfect. This is a good bedtime or anytime book. The “story” goes from waking in the morning to bedtime, with what could be an extremely full day in-between, but they’re probably activities during many days. I read it then I immediately read it again. It would definitely make a great gift for kids from birth through pre-school age, and as an adult I appreciated it, and even though it’s very simple I was not one bit bored, and I think some young school-aged kids might like it too, especially if there is some listener participation or if early readers want to read it for themselves. I’d love a copy. I think it’s a special book. I was completely charmed by the illustrations and the different kinds of quiet that make up the story/text. Comfy, cuddly, cozy, sweet, funny (very funny!) And yes quiet, in a lovely way.

  3. 5 out of 5

    John of Canada

    The nice thing about having librarians as friends,is that you get exposed to books you may have never considered.Especially librarians with young children.The Quiet Book is thoughtful,funny,and true to life,the artwork,a delight.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    Lovely bedtime read with sweet illustrations.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This is a thoughtful children’s book about different types of quiet and the emotions that are felt in each type of solitude.

  6. 5 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    I just had read Underwood's Interstellar Cinderella and thought it was one of the best picture books of the year. It was wild, original, feminist and funny. The Quiet Book was and is very popular and is also very good, though a more conventional picture book. But it's also got absolutely gorgeous, refined, gentle, elegant illustrations By Renata Liwska. Fits quiet. The writing is also elegant and original, if not the wilder departure in Interstellar Cinderella.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    There are many kind of quiet. Quiet can cozy. Quiet can be tense. Quiet can be worth savoring. Quiet can be gone in a flash. This book celebrates the many kinds of quiet, offering examples of the many moments of quiet in a day. Starting with the quiet of being the first one awake, the book ends with the quiet of being sound asleep. In between, readers will find examples of quiet that are funny, surprising and poignant. This is a simple premise executed with great finesse. Underwood’s one-per-page There are many kind of quiet. Quiet can cozy. Quiet can be tense. Quiet can be worth savoring. Quiet can be gone in a flash. This book celebrates the many kinds of quiet, offering examples of the many moments of quiet in a day. Starting with the quiet of being the first one awake, the book ends with the quiet of being sound asleep. In between, readers will find examples of quiet that are funny, surprising and poignant. This is a simple premise executed with great finesse. Underwood’s one-per-page examples of quiet each end with the word “quiet.” As you read through the book aloud, you will discover which of the examples make you hush your words even more and which examples are exuberant despite the silence. Deftly done, the examples are varied and interesting. Liwska’s illustrations add to the gentle humor, offering visual examples of quiet. Her pencil and digital images are soft and witty at the same time. Recommended for bedtime reading, this book is perfect for snuggling under the covers and reading to a little one. Happy cuddles! Appropriate for ages 2-4.

  8. 4 out of 5

    babyhippoface

    If you asked a child (or an adult, for that matter) how many kinds of quiet there are, I think they'd shoot you a quizzical stare. How many kinds of quiet? What does that mean? Share this book with him, and he'll understand. The quiet you experience when you're the first person up in the morning feels different than the quiet you experience when you're playing hide-and-seek, or the quiet you experience when you're following your teacher to the principal's office because you're busted, or the qui If you asked a child (or an adult, for that matter) how many kinds of quiet there are, I think they'd shoot you a quizzical stare. How many kinds of quiet? What does that mean? Share this book with him, and he'll understand. The quiet you experience when you're the first person up in the morning feels different than the quiet you experience when you're playing hide-and-seek, or the quiet you experience when you're following your teacher to the principal's office because you're busted, or the quiet when you're the last person to be picked up from school. I found myself turning the pages of this book and thinking to myself, Yep, that kind of quiet feels different. I get it. And I think kids will, too. For younger kiddos, this book is perfect for bedtime. I also think you could use this book with older kids in a writing class. After you read it, give them each a different concept to brainstorm: how many kinds of "Loud" can you think of? How about "wild"? "Sad"? Their answers could make nice list poems.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Luann

    What a great idea for a book! I'm thinking of using this to read aloud to my class at the beginning of the school year. I love the concept of different types of quiets. Some of my favorites in the book are: "swimming underwater quiet," "first snow fall quiet" and "story time quiet" - probably because they all bring back such great memories. When I read it to my students I'll have them come up with their own list of "quiets."

  10. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Marcos

    The artwork in this book was awesome. It reminded me of an animation movie. I could picture these adorable animals moving around this book. I never thought of how many types of "quiet" there were. There are many! I smiled, I giggled, I said aweee, and it made me think of my little girl. Definitely a winner!

  11. 4 out of 5

    April Thompson

    I love quiet time

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Worrell ツ

    What a beautiful little picture book. Thank you to my Goodreads friend for the recommendation. I’m the “lollipop quiet” type of person.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vivek Tejuja

    The beauty of stillness is something else. Not to forget what happens when there is a certain kind of hush all over the world. There is almost something magical about silences. When no one needs to say a word and maybe that is good enough. In hindsight, maybe that is how the world is supposed to be. And what better place for the world to start learning these lessons than from a children’s book. I honestly believe that children’s books aren’t written for children alone. There is a lot that adults The beauty of stillness is something else. Not to forget what happens when there is a certain kind of hush all over the world. There is almost something magical about silences. When no one needs to say a word and maybe that is good enough. In hindsight, maybe that is how the world is supposed to be. And what better place for the world to start learning these lessons than from a children’s book. I honestly believe that children’s books aren’t written for children alone. There is a lot that adults can learn from these books and apply in our day to day lives. “The Quiet Book” is about simple twenty-nine kinds of quiet that children go through in their daily life. What makes it so special is that it is so relatable even to adults. We have all been children at some point, so we know how it was to experience the quiet before we have to yell “Happy Birthday” surprise (which we still do) and also the kind of quiet when we do something not so good. There are all types of quiet in the book – happy quiet, sad quiet, also pondering quiet (for instance when you are the last one to be picked up from school) and many more. The idea really is to introduce children to “types of quiet” and the serenity they bring to life. Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska’s combination when it comes to words and illustrations is simply terrific. It is adorable. It is cute. It is a book full of heart and soul. No word or illustration is out of place and that is how a picture book should be. I have as an adult read it close to five times now, just because it helps me find my calm. I can then only imagine the effect it will have on children. If you are stuck on what to gift a child, I highly recommend this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I loved this book! I was concerned it wouldn't live up to the hype but, gosh, I just want to give it a big hug. I appreciate the various sorts of "quiet" that are accentuated in the text, but it is the illustrations that really won me over. They are absolutely sooo adorable without being "too precious"--there is a deep heart and sense of artistry to each illustration and they are just so sweet and so much fun! I delight in the variety of woodland creatures we get to meet, too. Three cheers for s I loved this book! I was concerned it wouldn't live up to the hype but, gosh, I just want to give it a big hug. I appreciate the various sorts of "quiet" that are accentuated in the text, but it is the illustrations that really won me over. They are absolutely sooo adorable without being "too precious"--there is a deep heart and sense of artistry to each illustration and they are just so sweet and so much fun! I delight in the variety of woodland creatures we get to meet, too. Three cheers for snuggly-happy-book-reading-quiet! ;-)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    Very sweet.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Awwwwww. Love this book. Illustrations are sweet and whimsical. You gotta see this one yourself.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aneesa

    Composing-your-book-review quiet. Shocking lack of hyphens.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Perfect book for quiet time. And my college-level writing class on quiet and what it means.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Yes, I'm in my 20s and read a picture book for no one but myself. Not to a little niece or nephew or cousin or neighbor—nope! And not to study for the upcoming Literature GRE Subject Test. Nope! I picked this one up and read it entirely of my own volition. And what a beautiful book. As many children's books are, The Quiet Book was creative, truthful, and profound in a way I didn't expect. And it was calming! I read it while winding down after my college midterm marathon last semester, and the pa Yes, I'm in my 20s and read a picture book for no one but myself. Not to a little niece or nephew or cousin or neighbor—nope! And not to study for the upcoming Literature GRE Subject Test. Nope! I picked this one up and read it entirely of my own volition. And what a beautiful book. As many children's books are, The Quiet Book was creative, truthful, and profound in a way I didn't expect. And it was calming! I read it while winding down after my college midterm marathon last semester, and the pastel illustrations and succinct little captions about each moment of quiet made me rethink the quiet moments in my own life—and appreciate them more deeply. As for reading, it reminded me that especially for English majors or self-proclaimed "book nerds," we often get so caught up in debating finer plot points in Shakespeare or hunkering down on our mountains-high TBR list that we forget the very books that made us fall in love with reading in the first place: the ones in the children's section. Our first books often have more to teach us than even those on the most well-curated college syllabi, and I see no shame in returning to that section to revisit our first loves, or even to find new ones.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angela Bailey

    Title / Author / Publication Date: The Quiet Book. / Deborah Underwood. Renata Liwska (ill.) / 2010. Genre: Fiction. Format: Picturebook - online. Plot summary: "From the quiet of being the first one awake in the morning to 'sweet dreams quiet' when the last light is turned off, simple text explores the many kinds of quiet that can exist during the day" (NoveList). Considerations or precautions for readers advisory: quietness, sound, animals Review citation: "White space is used creatively to emphasize Title / Author / Publication Date: The Quiet Book. / Deborah Underwood. Renata Liwska (ill.) / 2010. Genre: Fiction. Format: Picturebook - online. Plot summary: "From the quiet of being the first one awake in the morning to 'sweet dreams quiet' when the last light is turned off, simple text explores the many kinds of quiet that can exist during the day" (NoveList). Considerations or precautions for readers advisory: quietness, sound, animals Review citation: "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 in School Library Journal). Section source used to find the material: ALSC: 2011 Notable Children's Books Recommended age: Ages 4 to 6.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    From the excited anticipation of "Top of the roller coaster quiet" to the uh-oh moment of "Jelly side down quiet" to the wonder of "First snowfall quiet", this book covers the beautiful nuances of life's many quiet moments. I loved reading this as an adult because it had me thinking of my own quiet moments, "Bottom of the Nutella jar quiet" and "Sleeping Bea's head on my shoulder quiet". Bea seemed to enjoy it too, probably because the illustrations were engaging and the text wasn't too long for From the excited anticipation of "Top of the roller coaster quiet" to the uh-oh moment of "Jelly side down quiet" to the wonder of "First snowfall quiet", this book covers the beautiful nuances of life's many quiet moments. I loved reading this as an adult because it had me thinking of my own quiet moments, "Bottom of the Nutella jar quiet" and "Sleeping Bea's head on my shoulder quiet". Bea seemed to enjoy it too, probably because the illustrations were engaging and the text wasn't too long for toddler attention span Loved this book. I'm so excited for Bea to see and experience all the wonders this world has to offer and a book like The Quiet Book does such a great job of naming the differences of one thing in just a few words.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Brilliant collection of quiet, with delicate illustrations you want to stare at so you don't miss anything. This was the perfect launch for list-poem writing with Mrs. LaVielle's 5 and 6 year olds: Quiet Poem Flower growing quiet Library quiet Brain thinking quiet Rain sprinkle quiet Turtle quiet Hair without beads quiet Cat looking quiet Staring at crazy ladies quiet Whispering inside quiet Tiptoe quiet (Thank you, Becky, for the recommendation!)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth S

    Really 3 1/2 stars. I don't know that my preschooler really understood the book, but she did enjoy it. We had some fun, quiet, giggles in various places. The more she reads it (or has it read to her), I think the more she'll enjoy. It is perhaps a good book to use to help a child open up to disappointments or other sadness. There are pictures of several in the book. But they don't overpower the book--there are plenty of happy quiets too.

  24. 5 out of 5

    KidsFiction Teton County Library

    Teton County Library Call No: J Picture Underwood D Kay's Rating: 5 Stars This book is a quiet one, yet one that you don't want to miss; so I'll give it a shout out. I love the descriptive sentences about the many kinds of quiets. The author loves "cat sleeping on your stomach quiet" and "smelling lilacs quiet." I do too.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Oh how sweet! Not in a syrupy way, but in a gentle way. This book shares different kinds of quiet. I was amazed at how powerful the examples were---very effective at evoking different types of emotion.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I loved this book. It seems to me to be an example of a perfect picture book. There is sparse, simple, yet evocative language, and illustrations that add their own extra elements and humour to the story along the way. You have to see it for yourself. Gorgeous.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Adorable alert! Soft, fuzzy animals in this small, simple book show the many different kinds of quiet (first snowfall quiet; car ride at night quiet). Begins with waking up and ends with sleeping. Perfect.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Mahoney

    'Love this book!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    A sweet bedtime book to help settle rowdy monkeys who don't want to go to sleep. ;)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This book was perfection. A catalog of all the times we can be quiet in different emotions and situations, accompanied by sweet illustrations.

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