March 25, 2011

The Loud Book by Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska

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

33 comments:

  1. 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!

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  2. 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.

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

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

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  5. 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.

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

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  7. 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!

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  8. That video is so cute I can hardly stand it.

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

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  10. 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!!!

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

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

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

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

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  15. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  24. 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 : )

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  25. 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.

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

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  27. 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!

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

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  29. 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).

    FREAKIN' ADORABLE!!!

    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.

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  30. 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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