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Albert's Quiet Quest

By: Isabelle Arsenault

Albert's home is very loud--and all he wants to do is read! He escapes outside for some peace, and thinks he's found it at last. But, one by one, his friends boisterously infiltrate his space until Albert just can't take it anymore...and snaps! How will his friends react? While they leave him alone at first, they slowly return...with books in hand.

Full-color illustrations were rendered in pencils, watercolor, and ink with digital coloration in Photoshop.

ISBN: 9781101917626

JLG Release: Aug 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Noise , Alleys , City life , Neighbors , Quiet , Solitude , Reading , Friendship

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School Library Journal

The Mile End Kids are back in this follow-up to Colette’s Lost Pet. Albert’s row house yard opens onto an alley, where he goes seeking some peace and quiet in order to read. Noticing a painted beach scene someone has dropped there, blond, fair-skinned Albert sets up a chair and imagines himself sunning by the shore. As a series of other childre The Mile End Kids are back in this follow-up to Colette’s Lost Pet. Albert’s row house yard opens onto an alley, where he goes seeking some peace and quiet in order to read. Noticing a painted beach scene someone has dropped there, blond, fair-skinned Albert sets up a chair and imagines himself sunning by the shore. As a series of other children with various skin tones interrupt his solitude, he incorporates them into his fantasy. Two girls potting plants become sand castle builders and are joined by badminton players, a girl with a baby buggy, and kids playing music and dancing. When Albert loses patience with the noisy beach scene and yells that he is trying to read, the children scatter, only to return, one by one, with their own books. Albert tries to apologize, but his friends cheerfully shush him. Pencil, watercolor, and ink illustrations, with Photoshop coloration, are primarily black-and-white with teal and orange used as accent colors. The imaginative contrast between the beach scenes and the urban setting creates a humorous backdrop for this “quiet” tale of kindness and friendship.

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In Arsenault’s Colette’s Lost Pet, we met the gang of primary school–aged kids who hang around in (Montreal’s) Clark Alley. Albert had a walk-on role in that story, and here he gets his own. All he wants is a little peace and quiet, to read and woolgather. His house is too noisy, so he moves out into the alley with his book, a kitche In Arsenault’s Colette’s Lost Pet, we met the gang of primary school–aged kids who hang around in (Montreal’s) Clark Alley. Albert had a walk-on role in that story, and here he gets his own. All he wants is a little peace and quiet, to read and woolgather. His house is too noisy, so he moves out into the alley with his book, a kitchen chair, and an imagination in fine working order. His seaside daydream (inspired by a discarded painting found in the alley) is short-lived, however, as his neighborhood friends turn up with their games and their stuff, a blaring radio, and a skateboard (“VVVAROOM!!!”). They invade the alley and then the day¬dream, becoming increasingly boisterous and fracturing the peace of that tranquil imagined beach. A burst of anger (Albert’s) resolves in creative compromise. The story unfolds in dialogue, sound effects, and a series of pencil and pen drawings highlighted with two colors: jaunty orange and soft turquoise. The effect is under¬stated but powerful. Clark Alley is a rich setting—a beat-up, secret, ignored place that children redeem, a place of freedom where they play, grow, and work things out on their own. It’s a subtle portrait of the independent republic of childhood.

Book Details

ISBN

9781101917626

First Release

August 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

7 1/2 x 9 1/2

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 2.1; Points: 1;

Lexile

Level 320L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Tundra Books

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Noise, Alleys, City life, Neighbors, Quiet, Solitude, Reading, Friendship,

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