Thursday, December 27, 2018

Review - The Christmas Quiet Book

The Christmas Quiet Book (The Quiet Book)
by Deborah Underwood
illustrated by Renata Liwska
Date: 2012
Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Company
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

The holidays are filled with joyful noise. But Christmas is sometimes wrapped in quiet: "Searching for presents quiet," "Getting caught quiet," and "Hoping for a snow day quiet." Irresistibly cute, soft colored pencil illustrations of bunnies, bears, and more paint a magical holiday picture indeed.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This would make a lovely before-bed read on Christmas Eve. The book has no story, but is instead filled with examples of different kinds of quiet one might find during the Christmas season: knocking with mittens quiet, cocoa quiet, star on top quiet, and breathing clouds quiet... just to name a few. Each type of quiet is accompanied by an absolutely adorable illustration. The style is different than anything I've seen before, and I quite like it. All the fuzzy creatures almost look like they've been knitted out of yarn and then felted.

There are a few funny touches in some of the pictures, but the overall vibe is very peaceful and relaxing. It might be just the thing to inject a few moments of quiet into an otherwise hectic and noisy holiday season.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 5/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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