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The Vole Brothers Hardcover – Sep 11 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Owlkids (Sept. 11 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926818830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926818832
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 22.5 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #264,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wonderful emergent reader. I love everything about this title. We need more like this! (Marla Conn, Reading/Literary Specialist and Educational Consultant)

Roslyn Schwartz's new book The Vole Brothers is certain to entertain, engage and delight young children and their adult reading partners.  The adventures of the Vole Brothers provide many opportunities for readers of all ages to laugh, learn and share similar experiences.  It is a simple story with many levels of understanding and engagement and will become a favourite in homes, schools and early learning settings across the country. (Karen Rallis The Learning Partnership 2011-05-30)

There's no mistaking that mischief is afoot in this rollicking story by Roslyn Schwartz...With each page-turn the story grows incrementally until the satisfying, tummy-filling ending...a lively story, just right for children 2½ and up. (Theo Heras Toronto Public Library 2011-06-17)

...illustrations are delightful, displaying a pitch-perfect sense of comedic timing. (Kirkus Reviews 2011-07-15)

...expressive and full of humor. A fun introduction to graphic storytelling. (School Library Journal 2011-07-22)

Schwartz displays a sense of humour that is perfectly in tune with what will amuse a preschooler while reserving some entertainment for the adult sharing the book...the language is well-suited to the events of the story and the facial expressions of the hungry voles, while the rich variety of action words describing various creatures chowing down will delight any reader. (Quill & Quire 2011-08-12)

There are just a few words on each page making it a great read for preschool aged children. Expressive illustrations bring the story to life. (I am a Reader, Not a Writer Blog 2011-10-20)

This simple tale is a buffet of pleasures and will bounce off the page and into the hearts of young readers, especially if read aloud in a one-on-one setting. (CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials 2011-10-28)

...cleverly written, with elements of humor, surprise, and shock. The illustrations give readers another set of characters to love, with lots of action and excitement to boot. (Sal's Fiction Addiction blog 2011-11-04) engaging story...perfect for preschool age kids and beginning readers. (Mundie Kids blog 2011-11-11)

Nutty, clever and bursting with character. (Dierdre Baker Toronto Star 2011-11-16)

...fresh and unique...Above all, Schwartz has created a book that is just so much fun! (Canadian Children's Book News 2011-11-25)

Perfect for preschool age kids and beginning readers. (Mundie Kids blog 2011-12-02)

...simple but humorous text and charming illustrations to create another pair of sibling heroes with an altogether engaging and equally single-minded villain...It's a classic cat-and-mouse story that is sure to please preschool fans of the chase. (Books for Kids blog 2011-12-09)

The expressive sounds and dialogue...would make this a fun read-aloud. (Tanya Boudreau Resource Links 2012-01-04)

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From the creator of the beloved Mole Sisters series comes an irresistible tale about two ravenous rodents, wanted for snacking on too many strawberries, daisies, tulips, and other vegetation.

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HASH(0x9cf371a4) out of 5 stars A Fun, Entertaining Read Jan. 2 2012
By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews - Published on
Format: Hardcover
What a fun, entertaining read. The Vole Brothers are off to find something to eat, but their misfortunes almost have them ending up as dinner. This is a simple, easy to read, well illustrated that book that we really enjoyed. Having little words on each page not only makes it an engaging story, but it's perfect for preschool age kids and beginning readers.
HASH(0x9c5d5f48) out of 5 stars Expressive illustrations bring the story to life. June 23 2014
By Kathy Habel - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Vole Brothers is a zany book my daughter and I enjoyed. I’ve not read the author’s other series The Mole Sisters but will look for them the next time we are at the library.

The book summary has way more text than the actual book. There are just a few words on each page making it a great read for preschool aged children. Expressive illustrations bring the story to life.

Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book

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HASH(0x9c6eaa08) out of 5 stars not what I expected May 4 2013
By M. Mitchell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was looking for a book about voles because my first grade students have been interested in the holes and tunnels voles are making on our school grounds. I bought this book since it wasn't available at our library. But I was disappointed. Mostly because the voles live in a rain gutter spout (not underground). I wanted the book to show the voles living in underground tunnels in meadows. (Voles are sometimes called "meadow mice".) The voles in this book are portrayed like rats, living in the city and eating garbage.

The plot is simple and the text reads like a comic book. (All the text is written in word bubbles.) When the voles get hungry, they tunnel underground to steal a slice of pizza from a cat. The pizza is then stolen from the voles by a bird and ants. The cat catches up to them, but just when he is about to eat the voles...his dinner bell rings. So the cat tosses them aside. Lucky for the voles, they happen to land in a strawberry patch. The voles eat the strawberries for dinner and are satisfied.

After this, my class read "The Complete Adventures of the Mole Sisters" by the same author. This collection of 10 short stories also reads like a comic book, and the moles are shown living underground. My kids seemed to like theses characters and stories better. I would like to see more vole brother stories, where the voles behave more like real voles. The books did inspire my class to write their own comic strip stories about the voles living in our school yard. So for that I thank the author, and give it three stars.