Synopses & Reviews
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.
"'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. Some are lovely ('First one awake quiet'; 'Lollipop quiet'); some less so ('First look at your new hairstyle quiet'); and some are out-and-out problems ('Thinking of a good reason you were drawing on the wall quiet'). Throughout, Liwska's (Little Panda) subtly engaging illustrations, single-page vignettes in muted rusts, greens, and browns, imagine a community of young, delicately furred animals who ably reflect the emotions that each type of quiet elicits. A young moose's antlers peek provocatively from behind a swiveling office chair ('Hide-and-seek quiet'); a bear holds its paw over its eyes as a nurse prepares a hypodermic ('Pretending you're invisible quiet'); and an owl looks upwards with awe and clasps its wing to its chest ('First snowfall quiet'). 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). Ages 3 5." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"This gentle picture book subtly explores the many different kinds of 'quiet.' Bears, rabbits, porcupines, mice, owls, moose, and wombats are depicted in situations that effectuate the notion of quiet throughout the daily life of a young child...A delightful and enchanting choice for storytime or sharing one-on-one." School Library Journal (starred review)
"The most moving scenes leave space for imagining.'Best friends don't need to talk,' for example, is illustrated with a blissful scene of togetherness that children will relate to their own lives." Booklist
"This gallery of quietude works for bedtime or calming down while also acknowledging that some quiet moods are less than happy...The final sequence — a nighttime car ride in the snow, peaceful steps to bedtime — makes a comforting end. Liwska colors her finely hatched pencil drawings with low-value, low-intensity hues, matching the theme of low aural volume with a muted but detailed visual quality that invites a close look. Soothing and layered." Kirkus
There are many kinds of quiet: Quiet can be delicate. Quiet can be thundering! Quiet can be sweet, and cozy, and can most definitely help you fall asleep. With kid-centric descriptions and irresistible artwork, this gentle picture book explores all the different quiets that can fill a child' days from morning to night.
About the Author
Deborah Underwood has written many books for children. She lives in San Francisco and loves "cat sleeping on your stomach quiet" and "smelling lilacs quiet." Visit her online at www.DeborahUnderwoodBooks.com.
Renata Liwska lives and works in Calgary, Canada, with her illustrator husband, Mike. Her childhood memories are of growing up in Warsaw, Poland. Drawing a picture book quiet is Renata Liwska's favorite kind of quiet. Renata's previous picture books includes Little Panda,
which she wrote and illustrated.