Ages 3 and up
Sleeping Bear Press, 2004, 1-58536-251-4
It is raining, and raining, and raining. Albert has managed to find all kinds of things to do indoors as the rain drips down the windows outside. He has saved “all the animals from the flood,” gone swimming in the sea, and has found long lost pirate treasure. Now his well of imaginative games seems to have dried up for there is “nothing left to do.”
Then Albert starts thinking. He thinks about how he is in a house which is in a street, which is in a town… and on he goes until he finds that he is in the universe. The big question is: “what is the universe in?” Well, there is only one thing to do mow. Albert will have to go on an adventure to find the answer to this puzzling question.
This very special picture book will not only delight young readers but it will also intrigue older readers. Minimalist illustrations capture Albert’s thoughts as he reaches out beyond his home and out into space. Readers will find themselves wondering why they never thought about their world in this way. Younger children may be inspired to take their own journeys into the unknown to find the answer to this interesting question.
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