Ok, as I did when reviewing The Quiet Book, I'm going to declare my interest straight away and say I'm Deborah Underwood's brother-in-law. That does mean though I'm not writing a review straight after getting it, I've been hearing about the LOUD Book for a while now. For which much credit goes to the editor, Kate O'Sullivan, who backed her judgement and commissioned the LOUD Book before the Quiet Book was even published. So don't worry, this is no quickie sequel to cash in on The Quiet Book's hit status: this is - as the cover says - a real companion to the first book.
Just like the Quiet Book, this book covers all sorts of LOUDs. Some are just LOUD, like FIREWORKS LOUD. But many are just as contemplative and thought provoking - and even quiet - as the quiets in the earlier book. "Candywrapper LOUD" in the cinema, for example.
Talking of Fireworks, I think Renata Liwska's illustration for FIREWORKS LOUD must be my favourite across either book - the awe of the animals looking up, what a brilliant composition. Fabulous work. You can see it in the picture roll on amazon's page for The Loud Book.
All in all, a great book and a worthy companion to The Quiet Book for both text and illustrations.