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Albert Paperback – June 1, 2005
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In this odd little story, award-winning young adult novelist Donna Jo Napoli (Zel, Spinners, etc.) takes her first stab at writing a picture book. It's quirky, it's whimsical... It's a little perplexing. The moral, apparently, is that we need to seize life by the lapels, take the good with the bad, not hide our heads underground. But this message may apply more strongly to adults, especially as the protagonist himself is a young man. Still, children will love the idea of a bird building its nest in someone's hand. With colored pencils, Jim LaMarche creates luminous full-page illustrations with charming details and intriguing angles. (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
But books about characters who do things differently, who see the world in what most of us would think a quirky way--there is always room for more of these, especially when they are written with the delicate and beautiful language that are Napoli's hallmark, and when illustrated with such astonishing artwork.
Children--and many adults--may not be familiar with the medieval saint-tales where behavior such as Albert's is seen as miraculous evidence of grace. But they will surely see that he is a special person. They will also see that there is more than one way to gain courage to face what we fear. That Napoli does this without any preaching, and with so much sensitivy, is a great accomplishment.
LaMarche's sketches are really fantastic, probably the best I have ever seen in any children's books. He seems to capture facial expressions so well that they genuinely add feeling and depth to the prose written on the pages.
I was initially concerned that Albert was an odd character for a children's book..... (Albert, being easily discouraged by problems, or any signs of problems, has begun to isolate himself from the world.....) but my kids loved the book. It is a great story about healing and friendship.
Donna Jo Napoli has written the story in a way that makes it easy to read aloud. Thoughts are carefully constructed so that each page conveys a complete thought, carefully worded for young readers or listeners.
I read this book with my kids in about twenty minutes. Of course each of them wanted to take it to bed with them after we finished..... the true sign of a really good book.
Illustrations are lovely, and the content is appropriate for older kids exploring more complex emotions.
In this far-fetched fairy tale of a fearful man's transformation, the reader explores positive and negative emotions.
Plus, the bird feeding the man is just adorable.
Enjoy this book with your family.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My grqnd-daughter (age 7) Sidney thinks this is an EXCELLENT book. She likes to hear it again and again. And I like to read it to her.Published on March 15, 2014 by Stephen D. Krashen
I read to a K-5th school once a month since my retirement as librarian. This book has such deep feeling about being alone and how it is up to the individual to face life. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Karen Perigo
I read this and instantly loved it.
This book shows a young man's unintentional therapuedic "exposure" to those things he fears in the outside world. Read more