Book Reviews Picture Books

The Loud Book by Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska

March 25, 2011

The Loud Book! is maybe not the book for bedtime. It’s too rambunctious, too full of noisy fun. Stick with the first book by this duo, The Quiet Book, at bedtime.

For any OTHER time? Grab The Loud Book! and brush up your sound effect skills.

The Loud Book! goes through sounds in a day, starting with “Alarm Clock Loud!” and ending with “Crickets Loud.” Some of the loud noises are expected, others took me delightfully by surprise.

I’ve read a lot of picture books in recent months and there are many that I feel like were written for adults or perhaps by someone that has never actually met a child. This is neither –  young children will find this book uproariously fun, but that doesn’t come at the expense of adult enjoyment either. It’s silly without being dumb and cute without being saccharine.

And these illustrations. Seriously, they kill me. They are so darling, so fun, and so clever.
Don’t you just want to frame that and hang it in your child’s room? Me too. 
I love the size of this book – not tiny, but not very big either – I’d estimate about six by eight inches. Just the right size for a lap story. 
This book made Ella laugh like no other book ever has. So much so that I reread it to her a second time in a row and video-taped it (poorly). And also wished I didn’t have a whale bathtub sitting in my living room waiting to be returned to its owner. And yet, despite these hardships, I carry on. Because I want to share the joy of baby laughter with you. And also the joy of hearing my ridiculous voice.

Copy received from Blue Slip Media

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  • Reply Kelly J. March 25, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I LOVE the quiet book, so to say when I heard there was a loud book coming, yes yes excited!

    Ella has the CUTEST LAUGH EVER. Thanks for sharing your reading with her. Totally made my morning!

  • Reply Karen March 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

    How delightful! That is a book I will have to look for on my next trip to the bookstore. I love your "loud" voice, and I love Ella's laugh.

  • Reply lifeofadoctorswife March 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Oh my that is too adorable! What a giggler!!

  • Reply Kimberly F. March 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Cutest thing everrrrrrr! Might be my favorite baby laughing video.

  • Reply Nicole March 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Katie and I just watched the movie you made, and she was laughing as well. I believe we will be hurrying over to the library today to get this book.

  • Reply Jenny March 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm


  • Reply Lisa March 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    OMG she is ADORABLE. Her laugh made me laugh and made Buggy come running.

  • Reply Lonica March 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Amelia and I had to watch this one together. It was followed by her "more, please." Needless to say, we had to view it over again! Nothing is better than baby laughing!

  • Reply Jenn March 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    That video is so cute I can hardly stand it.

  • Reply Merrick March 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I just about died from the cuteness. I can't wait to see that baby girl soooo soon!

  • Reply Brit March 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Oh my gosh Janssen!! I have never felt so much sheer happiness through a home video!!! You two are DARLING together and that laughter is SO CONTAGIOUS!!!

  • Reply Rachel March 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    That video is now on my top ten cutest/funniest things I've ever seen in my life!

  • Reply Shannon March 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. SO adorable! What a great laugh!

  • Reply March 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Oh that has to be the cutest thing I've ever seen!

  • Reply Angiegirl March 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    We adore THE QUIET BOOK in our house. I can't wait to get a hold of their new one!

  • Reply Sherry March 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    This video, plus your post about Ella the other day make me (a) very sad that we don't live closer to each other and (b) excited for when Ike is more interactive like Ella. She looks like a lot of fun!

  • Reply Mary March 25, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Ok, now that was freaking adorable. Her laugh is so contagious, we're all laughing along with her over here!

  • Reply Nikki March 25, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Oh my heavens. Her laugh is to die for!!

  • Reply McKinley March 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I WANT IT!!!! Those illustrations are so freaking cute!

  • Reply McKinley March 25, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    OMG!!!! How did she get so cute? I love that Ella thought that was so funny. She looooooooooves her mommy!

  • Reply Janelle March 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Oh my heavens. That was too cute for words. I could just eat her up. But I will refrain.

  • Reply Mad Hadder March 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks for the belly laugh, Ella!! When you get older I've got some great knock knocks I'll send along.

  • Reply Sheyenne March 25, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    That was so funny! I love a good baby laugh.

  • Reply Mrs. Doolittle March 26, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Thanks for sharing that! It was so much fun to hear her laughing.

  • Reply Kristi March 26, 2011 at 1:04 am

    It was extra fun watching your video with Ivy and Bentley on my lap because they were belly laughing in response to Ella. Riotous laughter here : )

  • Reply RA March 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Just when she could not get any cuter! DUDE. I am powerless in the face (or sound) of this baby. You know how much this means, coming from me.

  • Reply Jean Reidy March 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Oh my goodness, Deborah. I could listen to that video over and over again. Contagious baby laughter – the best pop music there is.

  • Reply Z-Kids March 27, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Love it!
    – AZ

  • Reply Alisha Stamper March 27, 2011 at 4:37 am

    How adorable. I've requested these from the library, thanks for the recommendation!

    I just want to tell you how much I LOVE your blog. I had no idea books blogs were out there. Its like a WHOLE new world opened up. I blog about photography (since I went to school for it and do it and all that)….so forever I read photo blogs… then I started quilting again,… so I've started reading those, and all of a sudden, now reading blogs are out there that I didn't know about and I'm so HAPPY!

    sorry for the novella. Just really excited. Thanks for your awesome blog!

  • Reply Bianca Schulze March 30, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    That laugh is amazing!

  • Reply Peaceful Reader April 5, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Too darn cute-her laughing combined with your story-telling skills! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Lady Susan April 6, 2011 at 12:21 am

    So I just watched this video (I often read blogs while I am putting Finn down to sleep so I didn't get to watch the video when I first read this post).


    Can I just eat her up? How can you stop from gobbling her up yourself? Oh, baby giggles just kill me. My ovaries are aching for more baby love and I AM JUST NOT READY FOR THAT YET.

  • Reply Angela Noelle of SK June 18, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! This makes me a) want to send this link to people and b) so excited about all that's still to come with our second. AH!

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