Friday, March 4, 2011

From the illustrator of The Quiet Book

The LOUD Book!
Written by Deborah Underwood illustrated by Renata Liwska
April 2011
I loved The Quiet Book with it's small format an
d sweet characters. Upon hearing there would be a LOUD book from the same duo, I wondered if it would be as successful. Liwska's muted colors and soft, round characters seemed innately quiet. While The LOUD Book isn't bright-shapes-and-sharp-angles loud, it is toddler-roaring-like-a-bear loud. Liwska's characters are still soft and sweet, but her compositions are chaotic with characters expressing strong surprise. It is these aspects that bring LOUD to life, making a sweet companion to The Quiet Book.

Red Wagon by Renata Liwska
Penguin Renata Liwska is the illustrator of the best-selling The Quiet Book. In Red Wagon, a little fox named Lucy takes her brand-new red to market. Even though this sounds a lot like chores, Lucy sets out. Along the way, the red wagon becomes all sorts of things as Lucy and her friends pretend. As it turns out, doing chores can feel a lot like playing after all! Lucy's imaginings build as the story continues, until the red wagon is illustrated as the rocket ship or truck of Lucy's imaginings. The cute critters of The Quiet Book are just as charming in Red Wagon; be prepared for them to become frequent storytime visitors!

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