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The Loud Book!

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,333 ratings  ·  174 reviews

Just like there are lots of quiets, there are also lots of louds:

Good louds

and bad louds

(CRASH!) And louds that make you feel like you are
the center of attention (BURP!).

The Loud Book compiles all these kid-friendly noises
from morning to night,
in a way that is sure to make readers
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2011)
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Lisa Vegan
Charming! Oh, and pair this with The Quiet Book for a great 2 books gift!

This is one time when the “sequel” is just as good as the original, and probably even more fun to read.

I loved everything about this book. It’s not a story exactly, though it does go from getting up in the morning to being in bed at night, an extremely busy day, with a bunch of ways to be loud throughout this time, including “deafening silence” and all sorts of happy, funny, scary, etc. ways to be really loud. (The only ca
In the sequel to the immensely popular, The Quiet Book, Deborah Underwood seeks to discover even the smallest of very LOUD sounds. From crowded pools to crickets, no sound is too quiet to not be loud in some way. Featuring the beautiful illustrations of Renata Liwska, this is a book sure to please young and old readers alike. Take a step into the world of very LOUD possibilities and discover that even the smallest sounds become LOUD in the right setting.

Sometimes the sounds we hear and experienc
May 31, 2011 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathryn by: Crystal Marcos
Another winner from the Underwood/Liwsak team. This time, our adorable and fun little forest critters are LOUD!!! Everything from good sorts of loud (applause loud!) and not-so-good (dropping your lunch tray loud!) is covered here with the same sweet and humorous style that made The Quiet Book such a winner.

I personally preferred the "Quiet" book; I just loved the situations more and guess that, in my busy life, I prefer the quiet to loud ;-p The "Loud" book seems to have a more limited appeal w
The pictures of cuddly bears and bunnies are delightful and the situations are insightful. Of course fireworks are loud, but when is the crackle of a candy wrapper loud? When you are in a darkened theater watching the end of Casablanca,the bear version, that's when!
I think young children will enjoy this book although its small size would make it better for an individual child or small group than a large group. No lexile measure is available, but the repetition of "loud" on each page makes the
Crystal Marcos
This companion book to The Quiet Book did not disappoint. I was pleased to see that Deborah Underwood had this book coming out. I also found it interesting to learn she actually had the idea for this book before the Quiet Book. The illustrations are so charming and just plain cute! My 22 month old daughter adores both books. I had never really thought of how many types of "loud" there were and I have some favorites in the book. It makes you think, no matter how old you are. I am using these two ...more
Big Max
I love the pictures (and so do Mommy and Daddy), and I love that the book makes a loud bang when I drop it on the floor.
May 14, 2011 Candice rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
Just as there are all kinds of quiet in The Quiet Book, there are all kinds of loud. A fun read as it encourages the imagination to think of all these kinds of loud - last slurp loud, walking to school song loud, applause loud, spilling your marbles in the library loud, and many more. Once again, Renata Liwska has enhanced the text with her charming animal illustrations.
Apr 09, 2011 Christy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ages 3-7
Again, Deborah Underwood put a smile on my face with this follow-up to The Quiet Book. The illustrations are calming and pleasing. The cute expressions on each of the characters match perfectly to the storyline. You will visualize each sound in your mind and this would be a fun activity to do with your child by having them tell you what they see and hear with their eyes closed while you read them the words. Kids in the classroom would like this activity as well.Just as I did with The Quiet Book, ...more
Not as great as the Quiet Book. The small-size, the muted colors, the fuzzy etched line qualities all worked to enhance the quietness of the Quiet book. So when the Loud book used these same techniques, it feels more like a shy person's idea of loud, rather than a REALLY LOUD BOOK. I've seen loud picture books. This one is not that loud.

But still, it's a nice sequel. I love trying to figure out the story of these little animals. Especially the brown bunny and his striped iguana who he sneaks to
May 07, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun book to read along with The Quiet Book by the same author-illustrator team. The different type of loud noises are fun to go through, from very good, to bad noises. The last one, "Crickets loud," is very apt, as our youngest always complains that the crickets are too loud outside her window and she cannot sleep. We enjoyed reading this book together.
This is the perfect complement to The Quiet Book! Some of these examples of "loud" just really made me chuckle. I loved the variety of examples. Some of my favorites are: "home run loud," "applause loud," "spilling your marbles in the library loud," and "crackling campfire loud." The illustrations are a lot of fun as well and add humor to many of the "loud" phrases.
Deborah Underwood stole my idea! :) When I first read The Quiet Book, I thought to myself, "What a great mentor text to use in the classroom. I'll read my students The Quiet Book and then have them write their own Loud Book."

This was such a lovely companion to The Quiet Book. Renata Liwska is probably my favorite children's book illustrator. I mean, is it possible to want to cuddle with a porcupine? In Renata Liwska's world it is!
The Quiet Book was one of my favorite picture books of 2010 and The Loud Book is a marvelous book in its own right. I can think of endless classroom applications for this book, but it is also just a fun book to read and share. I like how the author weaves the illustrations into a storyline that connects each phrase. Charming.
May 28, 2015 Relyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Relyn by: I love the Quiet Book
Deborah Underwood has a special way of observing the world. I don't know anyone else who ever noticed "unexpected entrance loud" or "ants loud" till she did and Renata Liwska drew it so well. I don't know a single person who didn't grin and know exactly that kind of loud, whether or not they had ever experienced it. I really, really love the loud and quiet books. In my opinion, they are perfect books.

Classroom Connection
I plan to have my class write our own version of these two books. We'll rea
Clare Cannon
May 12, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 4-10 years
Shelves: 04-8yrs
Just as good as its prequel, the loud book captures the "so true" loud moments in a child's life.
Laura Salas
I loved THE QUIET BOOK, and I enjoyed this one, too. I think the art here is spectacular. The expressions on the animals' faces--especially the candy-wrapper one and the lunch tray one, are fabulous and often hysterically funny. Because the characters are making loud noises in this book, the action is great, very dynamic. The belly flop page is one of my favorites! And there's a nice mix of activities, just as in QUIET. What doesn't work quite as well for me here is that with QUIET, you could si ...more
Underwood, D. The Loud Book. Houghton Mifflin Books (2011).

The Loud Book! dives into the different "types" of loud. There is a good loud, a bad loud, the kind of loud where everyone is looking at you, and many other examples.

Reading level is preschool through first grade, and younger children will definitely enjoy the book because they can follow along with the book and make the noises that go along with each loud noise. The pictures in the book are very cute and colorful.
Harrison Yates
This book is another book that I would use in a lower grade level class where the students are developing basic skills such as describing colors, sounds, etc. This book has intriguing illustrations which go along perfectly with the text which will help the students comprehend the content. The text can help students understand what different sounds look like when they are typed out. CLICK, CLACK, BING, BANG are a few examples of the sounds that are interpreted via this book.
Virginia Carlston Whiting
Sequels always make me a bit nervous and this book is a good demonstration of why: it uses the brilliance of the first book as a formula and in so doing, it loses much of the magic and originality. As fellow GoodReader Beth Kakuma-Depewt said, "The small-size, the muted colors, the fuzzy etched line qualities all worked to enhance the quietness of The Quiet Book. So when The Loud Book used these same techniques, it feels more like a shy person's idea of loud, rather than a REALLY LOUD BOOK."

I loved The Quiet Book, and I find this one equally delightful for some of the same reasons but also for different ones. Young readers will quickly be able to identify the good and the bad kinds of loud as the animals go about their day. This title would be quite useful as a writing mentor text focusing on all the different levels and kinds of loudness or even some other concept. Those pencil and digitally colored illustrations are wonderful too--with the wide-eyed bunny on the last page, trying ...more
Grabbed this while looking for a book in Movement Storytime. Looked doable.

5/19/14 Perfect. They may not quite understand some of the situations that the loud things happened, but I had them making the sounds with me. They got that just fine. And the best was when we got silent and you could hear how loud it was.
This author goes into depth about the many situations in which something can be loud. From "deafening silence loud" when your mom finds you eating cookies from the cookie jar to "garage avalanche loud" when you open the garage (or closet) and have your messy stacks of junk come tumbling down. The woodland animal illustrations are adorable.
Hana Doran
I read the other book of hers, The Quiet Book, to see how she would contrast the two. I thought this book was cool; it covered the different types of loud that we normally don't think about, but come across them in our daily lives. This book makes us more aware of these loud sounds and since most would be able to relate to at least some of the types of loud in the book, I can see a lot of children enjoying this. To be honest, I liked "The Quiet Book" a lot more because it touched on the types of ...more
Bridget R. Wilson
How many kinds of loud are there? More that you can think of, but here are a few to get you started--surprise loud, applause loud, fireworks loud, and crickets loud.

What I thought: I didn't think Underwood and Liwska could top The Quiet Book, but I was wrong. The Loud Book! is great. Children love making noise and that means they'll love this book, too. The text is simple and the illustrations are beautiful. My favorite kinds of loud from the book are home run loud, thunderstorm loud, and firew
Katie McGaha
For me, I liked this book over it's partner, The Quiet Book, also by Deborah Underwood. I also think that this book's illustrations are fuller and had more detail. On two different pages the illustrator, Renata Liwska, adds characters reading tiny copies of The Quiet Book. Its cute little details like this that catch my eye. Again, I really liked the illustration style, same as with the Quiet Book. This book would be great in read alouds too because you can use so many different funny loud voice ...more
Marg Corjay
The soft, active illustrations of the animals were precious. Fun all the ways to be loud, even "quiet" loud, just the right amount of silliness for preschoolers (and for us who left preschool long ago).
No story, just lots of examples of loud noises, with whimsical pictures of animals.

Would be interesting to try at Storytimes - could the children make those noises? Might have to think about that one.
Not as good as The Quiet Book by the same author, but still a family favorite. I know the kids enjoy being reminded that it's fun to be loud sometimes, and they love being loud acting out the scenes.
Emily Stueven
Here's a good read-aloud, a story-time pick (although it's small and would require children to sit up close to appreciate the pictures fully).

Cute animals, rendered in sweet illustrations that make their fur look really soft and fuzzy, are exposed to and make all kinds of loud noises: burps and slurps, good and bad crashes.

Some of the situations may be a bit difficult for younger readers to understand: what, for instance, is "deafening silence loud"? The illustrations provide good context, thou
Jody Simpson
I read this book and the Quiet Book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend reading both books. I liked the illustrations but enjoyed the humor and the great use of words.
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