by Ryan T. Higgins


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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.

Praise for Mother Bruce

E. B. White Read-Aloud Award

Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor

* "[W]ry text and marvelously detailed pictures juxtapose uproariously. . .Visually beautiful, clever, edgy, and very funny."
- Kirkus, starred review

* "Ryan T. Higgins's illustrations are extraordinary. . . . [A] hilarious, artful picture book with a nod to foodies great and small."
-Shelf Awareness, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484731628
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 53,571
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Ryan T. Higgins ( is the author-illustrator of Mother Bruce, which received the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor, and its sequel, Hotel Bruce. He lives in Southern Maine with his family and a menagerie of animals — none of which are talking mice, but he does have a very chatty tortoise.

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BE QUIET! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Stacy_Renee More than 1 year ago
This is such an entertaining and visually stimulating read! My toddler loved it. She wanted me to read it again right away and asked me to read it every night for weeks. No exaggeration. I may have been annoyed with it at some point but coming back to it after a short break, I will admit it's pretty great. This is the third book in the Mother Bruce series but Bruce only has a small cameo within the book. Still, it has a similar humor and style to it. The illustrations are bright and bold with lots of texture and depth. Higgins has a very unconventional storytelling style and I'm enjoying it quite a bit! This is a wordless book that isn't wordless at all! I love that this book starts on the cover and continues around the titles, author, publisher, etc. The thought-bubble dialogue makes it easy to act out each character and give them different accents or tones. I think this is also a big reason why we love it so much!
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
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.