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Albert

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By Donna Jo Napoli (Author), Jim LaMarche (Illustrator) 

Whimsical and Unique!

Albert wakes up every day to the sounds of the neighborhood happenings. The dog barking, people walking and children giggling. Some are good sounds and some are not. Every day Albert sticks his hand out to check the weather. Every day he decides that the weather is either “too cold” or “too wet” or “too hot”. It’s never just “right” for Albert to go out for a walk. So he sits back down at his table and enjoys drinking his juice and reading his newspaper.

 Albert checking weather

One day, as usual, Albert sticks his hand out of his window. And in the next instant, a twig lands in his palm! He looks up in surprise and finds a cardinal flying by and dropping twig after twig right into his open palm. Soon there are two cardinals, a bright red male and a brown yellow female, BOTH dropping twigs in an attempt to build a nest! Before Albert could realize it, the two birds had fluttered and fussed, poked and pulled at the twigs and the female has settled right in.

 Albert nest in hand

Albert stares at the scene, and feels completely lost! Thus follows a strange, perplexing story of Albert and his conundrum as the two birds leave him stranded right at the window. Author Napoli does an incredible job of telling the story of recluse Albert and how the little “situation” leaves Albert thinking differently about life outside his own little “nest”.

Albert eggs in the nest

The warm and wonderful illustrations of by Jim LaMarche brings a certain depth to the story telling. We loved the large sized full page illustrations. These make for a great read aloud too. Jim LaMarche’s pencil illustrations visually describes each scene vividly.

This is an astounding tale. What makes this book such a great read is the incredibility of the situation and how the author gently, without preaching, and with great skill works her way to a really happy ending. We loved this story at the very first read. Napoli takes tough themes such as freedom and incapacity and explains them simply. A must read for all seasons!

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books


26 comments

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  1. Oh, this looks wonderful. I love Jim LaMarche’s art (loved it in “The Raft” too). The story is great and you have given me a delightful taste to go read this book. Glad I came by from Booknificent Thursdays. Thanks, ~ linda

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Lina. The Raft was the one that introduced me to LaMarche’s awesome artwork. So when I saw Albert on the shelf, I *knew* it was LaMarche and had to pick it up It didn’t hurt that the author was celebrated too !
      -Reshama

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  2. WOW! Reshama…what an absolutely perfect book. I am definitely getting a copy of this…for myself and to share with my grandson.
    I love the illustrations…and the story is unique!

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    • reshamad

      Vivian I assure you that this one will be a pleasure to read no matter what age group thanks for stopping by!
      -Reshama

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  3. Stopping over from the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Looks like a very sweet book — and beautiful illustrations!

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  4. Stopping by for the blog to say hello. The cover of this book drew me to your blog and the illustrations are out of this world. Thanks for sharing, I’m going to look for this book next because I think my daughter would love it! Wishing you a wonderful new year of reviewing Reshamad!

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Aileen. I do hope she likes it. Wishing you and your family a very happy new year! Looking forward to it!
      -Reshama

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  5. stanleyandkatrina

    I remember reading this with my daughter a few years ago – I had to check the publishing date b/c it looked familiar. We really enjoyed it. Great choice and beautiful post about the book. Have a great week and Happy 2014!
    ~Cool Mom

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    • reshamad

      Happy 2014 to you too! I thought the story was incredibly well done given the subject matter! Thanks for stopping by!
      -Reshama

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  6. Oh Wow, this is a stunning book, the illustrations are just breathtaking. I want to read it right now. Another great recommendation on the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Gonna have to pin this one, yet again

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for reading my review Julie. The book is a great read!
      -Reshama

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  7. When I saw the thumbnail of this on the KLBH, I knew even before I clicked on it that it was yours. Isn’t that crazy? Your blog just has such a distinctive vibe. Thanks for another awesome review, and for being a part of the KLBH family!

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    • reshamad

      Katie!You just made my day Thanks so much for your sweet kind words! hugs! love being part of the team.
      -Reshama

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  8. Oh, that sorry sounds so sweet and the illustrations are amazing. Totally heartwarming. Thanks for sharing in the Kid LIt Blog Hop. I read Katie’s comment – I agree – glad you are part of our family!

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  9. The illustrations are simply amazing! Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

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    • reshamad

      Stacie, check out The Raft from the same illustrator LaMarche. His artwork is simply superb. The cool thing is that his stories are just as good! A winning combo. Thanks for stopping by.
      -Reshama

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      • Beautifully crafted review for a fascinating story with amazing illustrations. I feel compelled to read and share this book with all my little ones.

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        • reshamad

          Thanks Tara. Its a wonderful story and I hope you get to read it
          -Reshama

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  10. Wow. This books looks amazing. It sort of reminds me of Horton Hatches an Egg- or at least it seems like the lesson is very similar? Must check this out.

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    • reshamad

      Similar! I hope you get to give it a read. Thanks for stopping by Jenny.
      -Reshama

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  11. What beautiful art and such a good review. Thank you

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for your kind words Vera. I hope you find this one!
      -Reshama

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  12. I am definitely adding Albert to my TBR list on Goodreads! Thanks so much for linking this one into the KLBH

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