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I Go Quiet

Written by David Ouimet

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I Go Quiet Review

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 5+ readers

The enchantingly drawn story of an isolated girl who discovers her voice

Shortlisted for CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2021

A visually striking graphic novel, perfect for children and adults exploring themes of introversion, finding your voice, the power of imagination, and how literature connects us all and the enduring strength of hope.


I Go Quiet Synopsis

I Go Quiet is the exquisite story of an introverted girl, struggling to find her place in a noisy world. Through the power of books, creativity and imagination, she begins to see possibilities for herself beyond the present, to a future where her voice will finally be heard.

I Go Quiet Press Reviews

Astonishingly beautiful . . . I wish this book had been around when I was a child: I would not have felt quite as alone -- Neil Gaiman

Beautiful and engaging, this book brought tears of joy to my eyes. It sums up my own journey, all the dreams and hopes I never dared speak out loud when I was younger. I was left filled with happiness and I have no doubt that this book will inspire those who discover its magic to embrace and nurture their own voice in this noisy world -- Coralie Bickford-Smith

Stunning . . . David Ouimet understands that to comfort means to strengthen, not to coddle. I want to send it back in time to my seven-year-old-self -- Stephen Fry

I Go Quiet is poetical, magical and eerily creepy. It is bewildering and mysterious and a master at somehow finding the words to capture something so abstract - isolation, loneliness, solitude and sadness. But the book is not bleak - it offers light and shade, it is full of hope and comfort. It will become a solid silent friend to many readers -- Laura Dockrill

A powerful book, about the intensity that can live behind silence; about the power of books and how they give us strength and knowledge to deal with the world in which we find ourselves. A wonder -- Matt Haig

I Go Quiet is a treasure trove of obsessive detail and draughtsmanship. You should probably go and discover it for yourself. I'm blown away -- Chris Mould

Completely original. Unique, in fact -- Philip Pullman

I Go Quiet unfolds like a vivid and indelible dream, full of light and darkness and mystery. It is about hidden things, hidden feelings and the power of quiet reflection. Most of all it is about connection and finding our place in the world. The illustrations are a marvel of imagination, atmosphere and cinematic loveliness -- Eric Fan

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ISBN: 9781786897404
Publication date: 05/09/2019
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786897404
Publication date: 5th September 2019
Author: David Ouimet
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 48 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories

About David Ouimet

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.

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