Caramel has recently gotten his paws on a few books by Isabelle Arsenault. Below he reviews Albert’s Quiet Quest. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, what is this book about?
Caramel: It’s about a boy named Albert who wants to read a book. And inside of his house is too noisy so he goes out to find a quiet place to read.
S: That sounds like our home sometimes, right? We do make a lot of noise.
C: Yeah. We are noisy bunnies.
S: So this Albert wants to find a quiet place to read. Have you ever felt like that yourself?
C: Yep. Sometimes when I am trying to calm myself down, I want it to be quiet.
S: But it is not always quiet, right? So you could totally appreciate how Albert must have felt.
C: Yep. So he goes out and looks for a place to read.
S: Does he find it?
C: Yes. He goes to an alley way and finds a painting of a beach.
S: Then he pulls a chair to sit across from the painting and dreams that he is on that beach, right?
S: What happens then? Can he read in peace and quiet?
C: No not really. Many friends come by and ask him to help them. They ask him to play with them and so on.
S: So he gets kind of mad at them, right?
C: Yes. He screams: “That’s it! Quiet! For Pete’s sake, can’t someone read a book around here or what?!”
S: Hmm, that is not terribly nice, is it? He is understandably upset but he doesn’t need to scream at people.
C: Ah, Sprinkles. This sounds like somebody familiar. You too sometimes get pretty annoyed and scream!
S: Hmm. So I do. It is hard to keep one’s cool sometimes, right?
C: Yep. I get mad too sometimes.
S: Well, that’s kind of why we read all those books about training your angry dragon, right?
S: What happens to Albert afterwards?
C: His friends get mad at him too. And then they all laugh together.
S: So this is a happy end, right?
S: So did you like the book?
C: Yep. It’s a good book. It is kind of like a comic book, but the pictures are more like drawing than comics.
S: The color scheme is also very distinctive. All blues and oranges and grays and whites.
C: It’s mostly white. And orange is my favorite color. It’s awesome!
S: So you liked the pictures too, right?
C: Yes. I really liked the part where he is thinking of the beach.
S: Yes, he looks so calm and peaceful there.
C: Yes, he puts his hands behind his head and he is smiling. It’s like he is saying: “This is the life!”
S: Yes! You’re right.
C: And this is our life. And it is time to say: “Stay tuned for more book bunny adventures!”