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Alberic the Wise and Other Journeys Library Binding – November 9, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Library Binding: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375966994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375966996
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,439,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Norton Juster is the author of the beloved classic The Phantom Tollbooth, which has sold more than two million copies since it was first published nearly 50 years ago.  He is also an architect and the author of other highly acclaimed children's books, including The Dot and the Line, which was made into an Academy Award-winning film, and The Hello, Goodbye Window, illustrated by Chris Raschka, which received the Caldecott Medal.


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Norton Juster is an architect and planner, professor emeritus of design at Hampshire College, and the author of a number of highly acclaimed children's books, including The Dot and the Line, which was made into an Academy Award-winning animated film. He has collaborated with Sheldon Harnick on the libretto for an opera based on The Phantom Tollbooth. The musical adaptation, with a score by Arnold Black, premiered in 1995 and will soon be performed in schools and theaters nationwide. An amateur cook and professional eater, Mr. Juster lives with his wife in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By John Robbins on February 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The story was originally written in 1965 but has been reissued in 1992 accompanied by some wonderful paintings by Leonard Baskin that are, indeed, reminiscent of Barry Moser (both of whom, interestingly enough, founded their own private presses). In this day and age, children are basically taught that success is everything and the only thing. This book tells a remarkably different tale: it is alright to fail, as Alberic learns repeatedly. Alberic does not wallow in his failure, he picks up and moves on to new chapters of his life. Ultimately, he learns he is a success by being thought wise, yet he remains uncomfortable in the trappings of success. Why, because he has learned that life is lived best by continual striving, that it is a process, a journey
wherein "the freedom and the joy [is felt by] not knowing where each new step would take him."

An altogether wonderful lesson for children and wonderful paintings.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kendal A. Rautzhan on February 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
By: Greatest Books for Kids [...]
Read aloud: age 7 - 8 and older.
Read yourself: age 9 - 10 and older.

First published in 1965, this sensational collection of thought-provoking tales is back in print. Featuring three witty, imaginative short stories, each is certain to evoke discussions and personal reflection, long after the last page is read.
"Alberic the Wise" is a tale of a man who spends endless years in search of true wisdom. "She Cries No More" is a tale of a boy who isn't certain of anything and really doesn't care until he meets a princess in a painting whose kingdom has fallen. And "Two Kings" tells the story of an immensely rich monarch and a ruler of "what was surely the most destitute and miserable kingdom in the world" who each discover a fate that is certain to amuse, confound, and ultimately surprise.
From the author of the classic The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster's "Alberic the Wise and Other Journeys" is guaranteed to delight readers of many ages.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William G. Straub on April 22, 2006
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If one is searching for the true meaning of life, you can find it between the few pages of this "picture book." It is not the successes and the failures that we encounter daily, but what is important is how we get to them and what we do with them. THE JOURNEY.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tham on February 19, 2013
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This is a lovely volume of three short stories by Norton Juster that I can read and re-read. The stories are simply written and full of imagination and wit. I loved, as always, the way the author uses the beauty of language to bring music to each sentence. This book is a pleasure to savour both quietly or to read aloud. I think children will like the quaint and curious images that the stories conjure up. Adults will also love the book as there is a charming whimsical quality to the astute observations in each story. The thoughts and experiences of the protagonists reflect the human condition in a gentle and thoughtful way. The paperback print of this edition may not however appeal immediately to the children who are more used to glossy and colourful books. It does though make the volume very light and easy to hold and to tote around which I like. The beautiful ink drawings by Domenico Gnoli also add to make this little volume a classic and for me, a gem worth keeping.
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