Reviews for Christmas Quiet Book

Booklist Reviews 2012 October #1
There's a special kind of quiet that comes with the holidays. This companion title to the beloved The Quiet Book (2010) and The Loud Book! (2011) highlights the joy of the season through small, but priceless, moments. There's "searching for presents quiet" (and "getting caught quiet"), "hoping for a snow day quiet," and then "bundling up quiet." On a particularly poignant spread illustrating a production of the Nativity--with three bear wise men--a sweet little lamb has a "forgotten line quiet" moment, but then is rescued by a whispering cast mate. As with the previous two books, Liwska's utterly edible animals make you want to reach out and cuddle something. There's one quiet incident per page and, while there are perhaps a few too many scenes in all, the book builds nicely to Christmas Eve, as the various moppets wait to hear Santa's sleigh and try to stay awake for him. Little kids will relate to the anticipation of the big night but also to the little pleasures, like making snow angels and enjoying a cup of steaming cocoa. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
This third book (The Quiet Book; The Loud Book!) explores quiet times of the season. Liwska's illustrations of gently rounded, softly furred animal-children extend Underwood's brief text. Quiet doesn't necessarily equal sedate; both words and pictures incorporate winter-themed humor. Young audiences will relate to the emotions, from a Nativity play's "Forgotten line quiet" ("Helpful whisper quiet" follows) to "Listening for sleigh bells quiet."

Kirkus Reviews 2012 September #1
In their third collaboration on the numerous nuances of volume, Underwood and Liwska focus on the softer sounds of the Christmas season. Using the same format as the beloved Quiet Book (2010), each page presents just one quiet moment from the run-up to the holiday. Groups of animal characters engage in familiar activities such as trimming the tree, making gingerbread houses and participating in a Christmas pageant. The simple text describes each type of quiet in only a few words: "Snow angel quiet"; "Reading by the fire quiet"; "Listening for sleigh bells quiet." Atmospheric pencil illustrations with softly shaded colored highlights use backgrounds of white or gray that evoke a wintry feeling, with pleasing variation between indoor and outdoor scenes. One memorable illustration shows several bears and rabbits making their way home through a snowy, candlelit woods: "Luminaria quiet." The final page is a bit of a let-down, with an illustration of two bunny children turning toward their stack of presents, with the text "Christmas morning quiet." The unemotional conclusion feels flat and doesn't provide a real ending (nor does it seem that this would be a particularly quiet moment). Nevertheless, a congenial, understated choice for reading aloud to excited children to help them settle down for a long winter's night. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 September #2

The team that celebrated various kinds of quiet in The Quiet Book revisits that theme with a holiday twist. Underwood again exhibits a flair for selecting evocative scenarios and moods: "Hoping for a snow day quiet" and "knocking with mittens quiet" immediately set a wintry backdrop, while "blown fuse quiet" and "shattered ornament quiet" speak to the more frustrating moments of holiday prep. Watching the furry animals in Liwska's subtly hued pencil drawings participate in a Christmas pageant, make gingerbread houses, and listen for sleigh bells adds to a sense of gentle anticipation. Reverence for the quieter aspects of the season is indeed a gift. Ages 4-8. Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 October

PreS-Gr 1--Fans of The Quiet Book (2010) and The Loud Book (2011, both Houghton Harcourt) will be enchanted by this holiday companion. The anticipation a child feels is brought to life as the familiar animals from the previous books (bears, rabbits, porcupines, moles, owls) search quietly for presents, make snow angels, drink cocoa, turn on the lights of a Christmas tree, make a gingerbread house, and write a note to Santa. Liwska's digitally colored pencil illustrations, in a muted palette of soft and soothing earth tones, pair poetically with the simple text. This is an ideal title for use during a winter holiday storytime or for one-on-one cuddling at bedtime.--Diane Olivo-Posner, Los Angeles Public Library

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