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The Quiet Book
Illustrated by Renata Liwska
Houghton Mifflin, 2010
  • A New York Times Bestseller!
  • 2011 ALA Notable Book
  • Finalist, E.B. White Read-Aloud Award
  • One of Amazon.com's Best Books of 2010
  • One of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010
  • One of School Library Journal's Best Books of 2010
  • Spring 2010 Junior Library Guild Selection
  • One of the Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens for 2011
There are many kinds of quiet--from first one awake quiet to top of the roller coaster quiet. Quiet can be peaceful, ominous, or exhilarating. Renata Liwska's adorable animals perfectly capture the variety of quiets.

"The soft, matte feel of the illustrations, created with pencil, are digitally enhanced, and are priceless. The animals’ facial expressions and body language are endearing. 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."
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School Library Journal, starred review

"'There are many kinds of quiet,' Underwood (Pirate Mom) writes, and this treasure of a book—which is appropriately gentle in both its understated text and artwork—catalogues many sorts of quiet that readers will recognize instantly....Underwood's taxonomy of quiet will evoke soft smiles from listeners who are getting ready for 'bedtime kiss' quiet (and possibly, even later, for 'What flashlight?' quiet)."
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Publishers Weekly


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I finally got to meet Renata Liwska, the wonderful illustrator for both The Quiet Book and The Loud Book!, during the summer of 2011.

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