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David Ouimet's illustrations have featured on album covers and books, including Robert D. San Souci's Dare to be Scared book series and Nancy Etchmendy's Cat in Glass and other Tales of the Unnatural. Most recently he illustrated Daydreams for Night by musician John Southworth. Ouimet's work was selected for the Society of Illustrator's Annual 59 and was exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City in February 2017.
Here is the story of an introverted girl, hiding in silence in a world that seems overpowering and hostile. In the power of imagination and the pages of books, she sees possibilities for herself and discovers a place where her words ring loud and true. David Ouimet's exquisite debut translates the interior world of an anxious child into intricate paintings that convey how it feels to be lonely, isolated, and scrutinized-and how it feels to break free and soar. I Go Quiet will resonate with anyone who has struggled to find their voice.
How do you use your voice, once you've finally found it? A young girl, growing in self-confidence, befriends a stranger who becomes her closest companion. Despite their differences, they speak and sing and laugh, their friendship weathering darkness and light, stormy seas and calm waters. But embarking on an uncertain journey to a new land with thousands of others, the two become separated, and the girl worries that her voice alone is too quiet to find her friend, to make herself known. But their voices lead them back to each other, and each finds their own inner strength. While each voice speaks of a different history, together they can preserve their pasts in their new home. Together they carve out a place in the world with their words.
'Completely original. Unique, in fact' Philip Pullman I Get Loud, the follow-up to the exquisite I Go Quiet, sees the introverted heroine go out into the world as she gains confidence in her voice and makes a friend for the first time. It is a tale of the emboldening nature of the imagination, the redemptive power of friendship and why we should all embrace our own beautiful, singular weirdness.