Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Children’s Book Review: The Loud Book, by Deborah Underwood

As the mother of four boys, I am no stranger to the word LOUD! My seven-year-old twins are especially noisy. In fact, my husband and I shake our heads because they are never quiet! When our boys are finally asleep, we relish the peace as long as we can. Thanks to my kids’ appreciation for big sounds, they are big fans of The Loud Book! Written by Deborah Underwood and charmingly illustrated by Renata Liwska, this book explores a variety of loud sounds with kids, from “Alarm Clock Loud” to “Dropping Your Lunch Tray Loud” to “Spilling Your Marbles in the Library Loud”! This is a great book for discussing the difference between a “good” and a “bad” loud noise with your children. For example, a “Home Run Loud” is lots of fun when you’re cheering on your favorite baseball team. But a “Candy Wrapper Loud” can disturb those around you in a movie theater.

I love the sweet animal illustrations that accompany the simple text. Bunnies, bears, porcupines, ducks and more react with beautiful expression to the loud sounds in this book. Parents and kids can talk about how the animals not only make noise, but are also affected by noise in their environment. For example, a little bunny covers his ears in reaction to “Snoring Sister Loud”!

The Loud Book! is a harmonious blend of charming words and pictures that will delight kids and parents alike. You might also want to pick up a copy of The Quiet Book by the same author and illustrator. The Loud Book and The Quiet Book would make a terrific gift set!

BONUS CONTEST: Enter to win a piece of illustrator Renata Liwska’s original art! Visit http://hmhbooks.com/loudbook/ to enter by July 1, 2011. Twenty-five runners-up will receive a signed copy of The Loud Book!

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review. No financial compensation was received. As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission on sales made through the links in this post.


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