Deborah Underwood

Children's Author

Deborah Underwood

Children's Author

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The Quiet Book, Illustrated by Renata Liwska
Houghton Mifflin, April 2010
A Junior Library Guild Selection

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 idea for this book came to me when I was waiting for a classical guitar concert to start. I noticed the expectant silence right before the guitarist started playing, and that made me think of other quiets. And yes, "before the concert starts quiet" made it into the book!
What People Are Saying:

"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