Another Brother

Title: Another Brother

Author & Illustrator: Matthew Cordell
Check out the interview at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends, 2012
Book Type: Fiction
Ages: 3-8
Themes: Siblings, Humor

Excerpt:

“Soon, whenever Davy would do something, all twelve of his little brothers would do the exact same thing.

Davy ate Toot Loops for breakfast. Petey, Mike, Stu, Mickey, Carl, Pip, Ralph, Tate, Lenny, Gil, Ned, and Bob ate Toot Loops, too.”

Synopsis (from MacMillan website):

Life for Davy was glorious as long as he had his mother and father to himself. But then he got a brother, Petey. When Davy sang, Petey cried. When Davy created a masterpiece, Petey spat up on it.
And then he got another brother, Mike! And another, Stu! And another, Gil! Until he had TWELVE LITTLE BROTHERS! And that was only the beginning!

Activities:

Storytime at Home:

Have the older sibling read it to the younger one(s). Use the book to jump-start a discussion about similarities between the sheep in the book and their own sibling relationship.

Craft:

Why I Like This Book:

This is a hilarious, funny tale of how Davy’s life was turned upside down with the addition of one, then two, and eventually 12 little brothers. What do little siblings do best … why copy their older sibling of course. And boy do they copy Davy while he is eating, walking, biking, burping, etc. Davy is naturally VERY annoyed. But as we parents know this phase does pass, and soon Davy finds himself missing his 12 little shadows. One can be lonely. Lucky for Davy there is a happy ending.

This is a book every parent, older sibling, younger sibling can relate too. I must admit when I was a kid I was a bit like Davy. I didn’t want my tag-along little sister back then, though I do treasure her now.

My favorite aspect of the book are the silly, heartfelt illustrations. Cordell uses a variety of illustration sizes, spots, full scenes and wordless two-page spreads. A visually engaging book. The sheep are just sooo cute. Check out the trailer below.

This review is part of Susana Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.

NOTE ADDED 10/16/12: This book was nominated by Jessalynn Gale for the 2012 Cybils Awards in the Fiction Picture Book category. I am a second-round judge in this category, but this review reflects my opinions only, not those of any other panelist, or the panel as a whole. Thanks!

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19 Comments to “Another Brother”

  1. This book looks really cute and funny! My mom and dad tell me when my little sister copies me in action or speak, do nothing, and she will get bored. I will have to check out this book.
    Erik
    P.S. “Picklejuice on a Cookie” (a really good book) is illustrated by Matthew Cordell.

    • Yes, I still remember my parents telling me the same thing. The things us older siblings have to deal with. 🙂 I agree on you with the Cookie book, I read it last year for the Cybils.

  2. This sounds like a wonderful book, Darshana! I’m glad to add another sibling relationship book to our list – we don’t have too many – and it’s such a big part of so many kids’ lives. This looks delightful! Thanks for adding it 🙂

  3. That music is awesome! I love this already, right down my street with door knobs on 🙂 Thanks!

    • I know don’t you just love the kazoo. What exactly does “right down my street with door knobs on” mean? Haven’t heard of that expression before. Thanks!

  4. Brilliant! I love the theme and the illustrations. This will be a perfect choice for my two boys. Don’t worry, I’m stopping there. I couldn’t handle 12 brothers!

  5. Oh my goodness…that trailer was the bomb! I loved the monkey bar illustration. I just put it on hold at the library!

  6. Darshana, such a fun book! 12 brothers!! I loved the video trailer. Such a great book for kids with siblings. Nice review.

  7. It must be a sibling-book kind of day! My pick this week is about sisters! This looks like tons of fun, as I am sure there is lots of trouble that 12 little brothers can cause 🙂

  8. This book looks as if it’s a pretty funny book with a special lesson to boot. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  9. Very cute, very cute indeed. Like Erik I wandered off and looked up Picklejuice on a cookie…. lol! Interesting.

  10. This looks like such fun! (The cover illustration reminds me of a Sandra Boynton birthday card from the 1970s…) Thanks for sharing, Darshana!

  11. Okay, I want to get this book! My older son is complaining about ONE little brother. He should be grateful after reading this book.

  12. As an only child, these are realities that I can only imagine and learn through lovely picture books such as this one. I should look for this one. Kind of reminded me of Judy Blume’s Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing with the sibling relationship.

  13. This looks like exactly the type of book my son should read! But it looks fun too. Thanks for sharing!

  14. What a funny awesome book, Darshana! Thank you so much…books about sibling rivalry are really important for many kids…I will have to get a copy to use in my school programs. 🙂

  15. While we won’t be adding siblings, I like this book. (I thought I had figured out how to post a comment from the iPad. Glad I returned today, because apparently, I have not.)

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