Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Review - Be Quiet!

Be Quiet! (Bruce #3)
by Ryan T. Higgins
Date: 2017
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 40
Format: e-book
Source: library

All Rupert the mouse wants is to star in a beautiful, wordless picturebook. One that's visually stimulating! With scenic pictures! And style! He has plenty of ideas about what makes a great book, but his friends just WON'T. STOP. TALKING. Children and adults alike will chuckle at this comedic take on bookmaking from acclaimed author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This is the third picture book by Ryan T. Higgins that I've read. While it isn't my favourite, it's still really good.

Rupert the mouse decides he wants to make a wordless picture book because they're "very artistic". Unfortunately, his two friends have other ideas. They mean well, but while they're trying to help, they just keep talking. The result is that there are words on every page of this "wordless" picture book.

The illustrations are as charming as ever, with great facial expressions on Rupert and his friends and a detailed forest setting. Characters from some of Higgins's other books even make cameos. While this book is a little short on story, it's still plenty amusing, and the characters are great.

Quotable moment:

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

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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