By Deborah Underwood, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Books, $12.99, 32 pages
As any child (and parent!) knows, there are all kinds of “loud.” Good louds (HOORAY!) and bad louds (CRASH!) happen every day. If you loved The Quiet Book, you’ll love The Loud Book! by Deborah Underwood.
Alarm clock loud greets a darling baby rabbit as he wakes up to greet the morning. His breakfast includes a last slurp loud. Proceed through the day with a group of precious baby animals who discover life’s loud moments.
Kids will identify with and recognize each situation. With this book, parents and teachers can discuss cause and effect. When you drop your lunch tray in the cafeteria, everyone else gets silent and your crash is very loud. One illustration parents will love depicts two animals sneaking cookies from the cookie jar. Mother rabbit is standing over them and baby rabbit realizes she is there. The caption reads “Deafening Silence Loud.” Renata Liwska’s illustrations are unique and enchanting. She has added small details that only a closer look will reveal. Adults can help kids brainstorm their own “loud” experiences. Teachers can write a class book based on the idea. Three cheers (a good loud!) for The Loud Book!
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin