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Be Quiet!

4.2  ·  Rating details ·  1,626 Ratings  ·  373 Reviews
All Rupert the mouse wants is to star in a beautiful, wordless picturebook. One that's visually stimulating! With scenic pictures! And style! He has plenty of ideas about what makes a great book, but his friends just WON'T. STOP. TALKING.

Children and adults alike will chuckle at this comedic take on bookmaking from acclaimed author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
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David Schaafsma
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #13 of 2017.

Tara: 4 stars. Cute.

Harry (12): 3.5 stars. I like the silent superhero thing--that's a good idea.

Hank (11): 2.2 stars. The same subject the whole time.

Lyra (10): 4 stars. He wanted the other mice to be quiet; when they weren't, he blabbered on about how they should b
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Ryan T. Higgins is climbing my favorite picture book author list in a hurry. He’s taking giant strides and two steps at a time with a smile on his face!

Be Quiet! made me smile at page one. And I mean smile after a grumpy, rough & tumble kind of day. These adorable little mice—Rupert, Thistle and Nibbs—will cause giggles galore in readers of all ages. The faces!!! The faces they pull with wide eyes and big grins are hilarious and sweet and so vivid. Mr. Higgins captures his characters on the
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Spin-off of Mother Bruce with those annoying mice. Best part imo is the cameo by Bruce. Second best is the artwork & design. But this 'meta' trope has been done before, and getting to know the mice better just makes them even more annoying. To me.

Plenty of ppl love this book, though, and they are right to give it four or five stars. It is a great book. For them.
B.A. Wilson
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I've read 104 picture books with a 2017 copyright date in the last month, and this is my favorite so far. It actually made me chuckle, which says a lot, as I'm a hard sell these days. I sit on a committee that reads about 150-175 picture books a year, and as a result, I've read a lot of current picture books in the past 3 years and have a lot of opinions at this point. It becomes harder and harder to wow me each year.

This concept is adorable, and the story is really funny. The illustrations are
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
I have no idea if kids will like it but as someone who's grad school program was obsessed with wordless picture books this is legitimately the funniest thing I have ever read
This is hilarious! The premise is Rupert wants to write a wordless book, but his two friends keep talking about what should go in the book.

This has nice illustrations along with great vocabulary. I am going to buy this as soon as I can.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Colin says 'This book is so funny I have to read it over and over and over.'
Hilarious! Best for older kids--they would appreciate the "artistic" aspect and the jokes :)
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, picture-books
This is one of the cutest books I've ever read. Read it if you like feeling happy.
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a really cute, fun, and quirky children’s book. One mouse wants to write a sophisticated book that is wordless and depicts the story solely through evocative imagery. Two of his friends appear and want to be involved in the writing process and keep on messing it up by speaking.
D'Iberville Library
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
These mice were introduced in Hotel Bruce and now they get their own little story.

Rupert wants to write a book without words. However, this is a very difficult task when his buddies cannot stop talking. They give each other suggestions and have a hard time understanding what "visually stimulating" means. This is a laugh out loud book.

Highly recommended.
Lesley Burnap
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book may not be as visually stimulating (or as quiet) as Rupert would like, but it IS hysterically funny! Well done, Mr. RT Higgins!
Viviane Elbee
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Kids laughed a lot while I read this book.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
My son got a big kick out of the onomatopoeia/Ima-gonna-pee-a exchange. Rare achievement unlocked: laughter-induced hiccups.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The mouse friends from Mother Bruce are back in their third hilariously entertaining picture book. When the mice fail in the hotel business, Hotel Bruce, Nibbs comes up with a new career path for himself, becoming an author of wordless picture books. Buddies Rupert and Thistle love the idea, and beg to be included in the story. They have one problem, their exuberance leads to lots of speech bubbles on Nibbs' supposedly wordless picture book. When furious Nibbs tells them "no onomatopoeia" they m ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this one before I found the Bruce books and it made me laugh. The attempt to write a wordless picture book is foiled by the main character's pals. It reminded me of several books, like The Monster at the End of this Book and We are in a Book! and The Three Pigsand others where the reader is involved in the writing process. So much fun! Then when I read the Bruce books immediately after, I liked this book even more because he uses elements from those books in this one. Plus Ryan T. Higgins ...more
First sentence: Finally! I get my very own book to star in. This is going to be great! I'm going to make it a wordless book. They are very artistic. This book will have NO WORDS at all. Starting....NOW.

Premise/plot: Rupert the Mouse is in the process of creating/writing/starring-in a WORDLESS picture book. Or is he?! When Thistle and Nibbs interrupt this work-in-progress, it seems doomed to fail. Neither mouse seems to understand the meaning of the word QUIET. Though both seem super-excited at
Absolutely funny and adorable; breaks the fourth wall. Rupert the mouse wants to create a "visually stimulating wordless picture book," but his friends Nibbs and Thistle keep adding words: lots and lots of words that Rupert doesn't want, because they are just too talkative for his plans! Creative, humorous wordplay and amusing illustrations that are, indeed, visually stimulating, created using scans of treated clayboard for textures, graphite, ink, and Photoshop. Written and illustrated by the a ...more
The Library Lady
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Funny stuff that your 2 or 3 year old will NOT GET!

On the other hand, perfect for lovers of Melanie Watt's Chester, and other books in the "Duck Amok" tradition. And speaking of cartoons, the artwork here makes the mice look a great deal like Stich from: "Lilo and Stich," but it's fun art.

P.S. A warning for those who have issues with such: there is a pee joke here. One more reason your older preschoolers or early elementary age boy will roar over this one.
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book is outrageous in the same way that I Want My Hat Back and Snappsy the Alligator are as fun (if not more fun) for the grown-up reader, too!
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Clever little meta-fiction. Rupert the mouse wants to create a wordless story, but then his friends come along and won't stop talking about the idea, which of course "ruins" it. There are some good laughs along the way, including a couple of references that adults might catch but kids would probably miss (I think "Mouseqvarna" is the best one).
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 2-6 year olds.
This is a spin-off of the Mother Bruce series. One of the mice wants to write a book with no words but his cohorts won't cooperate and keep talking. I howled as he explained his idea trying to get his friends help.
Scottsdale Public Library
Love, love, love this author/illustrator!! The drawings show such character and expression with each different scene. Plus, the stories are just plain entertaining. Kids and adults alike will enjoy all of Higgins' stories.
-- Jennifer K.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hilarious and perfect for read alouds. Fans of Mother Bruce won't be disappointed. A couple of appearance from Bruce and one of the geese make it extra fun. I really hope the mice will appear in another book.
Shauna Yusko
No, seriously, this guy is amazing. I ADORE this book! It will definitely be one of my favorite books of the year. No question. (Also, I'm pretty sure the characters in here are based on some of the students in my class).
Edward Sullivan
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rupert the mouse is completely unsuccessful in trying to come up with a wordless story. Raucous, silly fun.
Faith Tydings
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Eh! I didn't like this one as much as I liked the Mother Bruce series.
Lorie Barber
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun fun FUN!!!! This book is inspiring me to pair it with wordless picture books for #classroombookaday!!
John of Canada
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kids,parents,grandparents,uncles,aunts,and anyone who wants to smile.Or laugh out loud!
Terrific artwork.Cute story.Onomatopoeia!I am going to read the whole series.
Would be a fun read aloud, but the gimmick went on a little too long for my taste.
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