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May 2019 Juvenile Fiction

Albert's Quiet Quest
By (author): Isabelle Arsenault
9781101917626 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 JUVENILE FICTION / Books & Libraries May 07, 2019
$22.99 CAD
Active 7.38 x 9.38 x 0.44 in 48 pages FULL-COLOUR THROUGHOUT Tundra Books
Governor General's Literary Awards - Children's Literature - Illustration 2019, Short-listed
Albert just wants to read his book in peace…why won’t his friends give him some quiet? A delightful picture book about finding alone time from an internationally acclaimed illustrator.

There are so many distractions in Albert’s Mile End neighborhood, what’s a book-loving introvert to do? Desperate for a quiet place to read, Albert storms out to the alley behind his house where his friends and neighbors often meet to play. Lucky him—not only is no one around today, but he finds an old painting of a beach scene that someone’s left for the trash. The painting sparks Albert’s imagination, spurring him on a zen-like quest for a quiet reading break on a sunset beach, a moment to unplug and find peace. And he almost does too, except for those meddling Mile End kids…who just want to have some fun, as LOUDLY as possible. Will Albert ever find a moment of quiet to enjoy his book? Or could his friends be looking for a book break of their own?

Readers will love this adorably relatable story of a quiet kid, his big imagination and bringing friends together through the magic of reading.

HIGHLY ACCLAIMED ILLUSTRATOR: Isabelle Arsenault’s work consistently receives rave reviews and wide recognition.

LOVE OF READING: A perfect book for kids (and librarians and teachers!) who love to read and can relate to Albert’s introversion and quest for escape. A great summer reading pick!

COMPANION BOOK TO COLETTE’S LOST PET: Colette enjoyed international recognition and has been featured in the New York Times, Booklist and Kirkus, as well as lots of Canadian recognition.

THE WORLD OF MILE END: Inspired by her Montreal neighborhood, Isabelle has created a nostalgic, fun and heartwarming world of kids, like a Quebecois Charlie Brown that we hope will continue in future books.

GRAPHIC NOVEL INSPIRATION: Told in graphic novel-style panels and speech bubbles.

POWER OF IMAGINATION AND FANTASY: A story that shows kids using their imaginations for interactive play and blurs the lines between reality and fantasy.

STRONG US PARTNER: We are co-publishing with Random House Children’s Books in the U.S.

ISABELLE ARSENAULT studied graphic design at the Université du Quèbec a Montréal. She has achieved international recognition for her work and won many awards and distinctions, including three Governor General’s Awards for Children’s Literature, the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Artist, the Bologna Ragazzi Award in 2017, and IBBY Canada’s Cleaver Picture Book Award, and has been featured twice on the New York Times’ “10 Best Illustrated Books” list, in 2011 and 2013. In 2018, she was nominated for the Hans Christian Anderson Award by IBBY Canada. She lives with her family in Mile End, Montréal.

Author Residence: Montreal, Quebec

Author Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

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A Quill & Quire Best Kids’ Book of the Year (2017)

A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids pick

A Booklist Editor’s Choice pick

Starred in CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (2017)

Winner of the Alcuin Society Award for Excellence in Book Design

“[M]agical…Arsenault continues to teach us about children while advancing the art of books created for them.”—New York Times Book Review

“Arsenault crafts a story rooted in themes of understanding, empathy, and the way imagination can be used to silently conspire and inspire.”—Starred Review, Quill & Quire

“With a graphic-novel-like format, arresting artwork, and a story that will ring true to many little kids with big imaginations of their own, this warm, funny picture book hits all the right notes.”—Starred Review, Booklist

“Arsenault’s story has the feel of a campfire song, increasingly fun and outrageous until the joyful end and its promise of new friendships.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The boundary between picture book and comic is delightfully blurred in this sensitive story about a girl with a yellow raincoat and a fictional lost pet.”—National Post

“Arsenault’s drawings, in grays, blacks, yellows and a bit of light blue, are sweet but not saccharine, and the hand-lettered text is relaxed and inviting—much like the entire story. Delightful.”—BookPage

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