Be Quiet!

Be Quiet!

Book - 2017
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Rupert the mouse wants to star in an artistic, wordless picturebook, but his animal friends cause problems by talking too much. Children and adults alike will chuckle at this comedic take on bookmaking.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA :, Disney-Hyperion,, 2017.
Copyright Date: copyright2017
ISBN: 9781484731628
Branch Call Number: J PIC
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm.


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Warning: this book has words. It was added to this book list as it explains wordless books to children. It is a great education tool which could be used at the start of a wordless book program.

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Oct 31, 2018

My 5 yo and 3 yo both like this story. I don't think they got all the jokes though, but we did take the opportunity to introduce Vincent Van Gogh to them :P They thought "I'm gonna pea a" is very funny too. Older kids like 6-7 will get more from the book.

Apr 23, 2018

I don’t care much for the way this was written. The style in which it was presented is not ideal for reading to a child under 5.... and the author missed including some details for better delivery. Just my 2 cents.

Nov 07, 2017

I loved this book so much! I don't think my four year old quite "got" it (though he said he liked it). I suspect it's better for a slightly older crowd (ages six to eight, maybe?)

Similar to Interrupting Chicken, this is one of those books that's really fun for the adult reading it because it plays with how a book is traditionally written. The main character wants this to be a "book with no words" (which seems to be a new trend in children's books) but his two friends keep talking and driving him insane. Good times! :-)

Sep 04, 2017

This book is a very funny book about a very grumpy mouse that wants to make a wordless picture story book. But then the two friends come along and ruin the marvellous book. I feel that this book has to be a bit more funny. But I still really loved this book. This the best book I
have ever read in my life.
from Oviya year two

forbesrachel Jun 11, 2017

Rupert the Mouse (of Hotel Bruce fame) has decided to make his own book. He has some grand plans of creating a wordless masterpiece, which he sees as the cultured works in the picture book world. Unfortunately for him, his two friends are rather chatty and not all that bright, so when they learn what he is up to, they want to help. Rupert of course gradually becomes more frustrated by their incessant talking. All the while, the trio introduces readers to what a wordless book does and doesn't have. Some of the big words, like onomatopoeia are played for laughs. The whole story is amusing from beginning to end, but readers will especially get a kick out of the ending, for when Rupert bursts into a tirade, the tables gets turned and it is Nibbs that reminds him to be quiet. To those who are planning to read this book, make sure to look at the end pages and title card, Higgins does use them to tell the story. Be Quiet is done in the same style as Higgins' previous work with the Bruce character. His three mice allow him to pull out all the stops though. They have long ears, and big mouths; their bodies can be used to express so many degrees of emotion. Readers can tell just by looking at Rupert that he is growing ever more tense and angry. This is a hallmark of a good wordless. Older readers may notice the underlying irony of the book; if you remove the words, you can still make a pretty comprehensible story out of it, just by "reading" the actions of the mice. Whether you enjoy wordless picture books or not, this non-wordless picture book will have you bursting out in laughter. If you loved this one, you will probably also enjoy This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris, and This is a Serious Book by Jodie Parachini.

kimrae May 24, 2017

Loved, loved, loved this book! The illustrations and humour - just a fantastic book.

coloradobuck May 01, 2017

This poor mouse just isn't getting his own way. No one will be quiet for his "wordless" book!!! loved the humor throughout. adults will enjoy this book as well.

MissLacie Apr 18, 2017

So, after reading this book to my Kindergarten and 2nd grade sons- I was immediately asked to read it again and again... and again. This is a great book for fans of Elephant and Piggie or Interrupting Chicken. Perfect read aloud for any elementary audience (and probably preschool too).

CMLibrary_kmadron Apr 14, 2017

Rupert just wants to star in a beautiful and artistic wordless picture book. But his friends, Nibbs and Thistle, manage to comically ruin the plan by talking about the book. Strongly reminiscent of the better Looney Tunes cartoons' comedy and illustrations that are evocative of Calvin & Hobbes, this will surely be a new favorite. There are several sly illustration jokes that will pay off for the adult readers as well. This book will be a new favorite!

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Apr 23, 2018

atlantisgirl4 thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over


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