Albert’s Quiet Quest by Isabelle Arsenault

 Albert’s Quiet Quest by Isabelle Arsenault, Random House, 9780553536560, 2019

Format: Hardcover 

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book:   It’s summertime in Mile End and Albert wants to find a quiet spot to read his book away from his noisy neighborhood.  He heads to the alley behind a door to find a tranquil ocean canvas and imagines he is there- he has found his happy place!  That is until his friends arrive to plant flowers, play badminton, babysit, listen to music, dance, and ride skateboards. Albert can’t take anymore and explodes asking for some peace and quiet to read his book.  His friends feel bad, clean up everything, leave and return with their own books to sit and read with Albert. The last page is purrrfect!

The creative artwork is done in pencils, watercolor, and ink with digital coloration in Photoshop.  Hand lettering is done by Isabelle Arsenault.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The words need to be a bit thicker coloring, the lettering is hand done which is wonderful but it feels faint and hard to see.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This would be a great addition to a wordless picture book collection, using your imagination,  and creative writing workshops.

Who should buy this book?  Elementary schools and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ?  Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, JC Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

Date of review:  August 10, 2019


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