Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday pick is BE QUIET!.
Written/illustrated by: Ryan T. Higgins
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion, April 4, 2017
Suitable for: Preschool – Kindergarten
Themes/Topics: Friendship, Frustration, Patience
Brief Synopsis: Higgins writes a laugh out loud story about Rupert, Thistle and Nibbs, the mice he introduced in Hotel Bruce. Rupert wants to star in a book without words that is “visually stimulating” but Thistle and Nibbs cannot stop talking about being quiet.
Rupert: “FINALLY! I get my very own book to star in.
This is going to be great!
I’m going to make it a wordless book.
They are very artistic.
This book will have NO WORDS at all. Starting…NOW.”
Why I like this book: These mice are hilarious! Reading it aloud is so much fun. When Rupert uses vocabulary like “vishery strigulating” it is mistaken for “visually stimulating”. “Ima-gonna-pee-a” is mistaken for “onomatopoeia” as the mice banter.
Higgins entertains readers with visual puns like on the spread when Rupert tries to explain visually stimulating means strong illustrations and the mice suddenly have the physique of body builders.