Albino by E.J. Dabel


by E.J. Dabel

Illustrated by Jorge Correa

217 pages (ebook reviewed) – ages 9+

Published by Sea Lion Books on April 30, 2012

Albino was a large white mouse with blood-red eyes. One day, Daryl, a “street urchin” who Albino’s owner (Farmer Springer) took in, threw Albino into a river near where they live. Albino is carried off by the river to a land far away called Nothengarrd. Albino makes friends with some of the animals that inhabit Nothengarrd. When Albino finds out he is the Hoge Koning (the Emperor of all Nothengarrd), his adventure becomes even more dangerous! The spiritual guardians and the citizens of Nothengarrd were able to rid the lad of the evil Emperor Loucura (a pretty evil rat), but now Loucura has come back to life and wants to take control again and make every creature bow to him (which the citizens swore they would do a long time ago). Albino stands in his way. Can Albino and his new friends stop Loucura?   

3 words – It’s totally awesome.

I really couldn’t put this book down! The entire story kept me wanting to find out what happens next. I like how the animals are all intelligent (kind of like Redwall – I think fans of Redwall will really like this book). I like how the animal use the things around them in the woods to make their clothes. Albino is a great main character. He goes through a lot in the book and I really wanted him to succeed. He is considered an “abomination” by the people of Nothengarrd at first because he finds out he is half mouse and half rat, but he proves himself to be a good friend and brave and loyal (and just pretty cool).  I also really liked Albino’s father, Terco Fells. Below is an illustration of him. There were a few illustrations in the book. I think the illustrations in the book are great and add to the story.

Mr. Dabel describes the action in the story and scenery of Nothengarrd really well. I felt like I was there.

Five out of Five bookworms for the AWESOME “Albino!”

You can learn more about Mr. Dabel on his blog (click HERE). To find out more about Sea Lion Books click HERE.

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18 replies

  1. The name grabbed me as I have an interest in albino animals and recently reviewed a couple of nonfiction books on an albino bat and others.

    I love your excitement for the book and especially Albino himself. You have made me want to read this on for sure, Erik!

  2. I was going to say, after the first paragraph, it reminds me of Redwall! And then you said it, so it really must 🙂 Sounds like a great book, and I really like Brain Jacques so will have to give this one a try.

    • It is great! The Redwall books are my very favorite books of all. Albino was different and also had a great story, but it did remind me of Redwall a bit. I hope you like it Ms. Hill! Great minds think alike! 😉

  3. It’s interesting how animals, in different books, have different depictions. Here, in Albino, the unique white rat gets to be the hero. In The Nightshade Chronicles, the white rat is the villain Billycan, the White Assassin. I think I’ll need to get this book as well as all the Nightshade Chronicles so my little girl can read and enjoy both depictions. Thanks for the wonderful review.

    • That is a good point you bring up! In Redwall the rats are usually the villains too. Albino was cool because he was a mixed race (rat and mouse) so at first he wasn’t accepted by anyone. Thanks for your comment!

  4. Sounds super Erik. I bet you’d like The White Assassin.

  5. Great review. Erik. You explain very well the charm of the book, and your inclusion of that fantastic illustration really adds to your explanation. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention.

  6. Sounds great! I can feel your enthusiasm for this one.

  7. I enjoy your enthusiastic and honest reviews. 🙂

  8. I love this blog! It’s great to see how a child thinks about the books he is reading. Sometimes we as adults think we know what kids want and like – and so often you show us things we didn’t know. Glad you loved Albino!!

  9. Oh wow, this is the first time I’ve heard of this book and Redwall too. I’m glad you introduced me to this picture book. It actually reminded me of the movie Powder (this was before your time, so I’m not sure if you’re familiar with it).

    • I think you would like “Albino”. Brian Jacques wrote a whole series of Redwall books (23 books) and sadly he died last year. I reviewed his last book and did a tribute to him on my June 10th post of last year. The Redwall series is my favorite. I haven’t heard of Powder. I will have to check it out 🙂

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