The Vole Brothers

By Roslyn Schwartz and Roslyn Schwartz

From 2 to 5 | 32 pages, color

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. And after these rodents chomp and chew all the plants they can find around their home — a drainpipe in an urban alley — they’re still hungry! So hungry, in fact, they could even eat a cat!

Using an imaginative paper bag disguise and a natural talent for tunneling, this mischievous pair sets off in pursuit of a feline-sized feast — and finds a slice of pepperoni pizza. But the vagrant voles are left empty-handed — and empty-tummied — when a greedy crow and an army of ants invade their picnic.

Chock full of silly antics and suspense, young children will root for these insatiable characters as they continue on their quest for food. And readers will celebrate along with them when the Vole Brothers’ perseverance pays off when they are tossed into a garden full of luscious strawberries — a very happy ending if you’re a hungry vole!

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. - The Learning Partnership
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. - Toronto Public Library
...illustrations are delightful, displaying a pitch-perfect sense of comedic timing. - Kirkus Reviews
...expressive and full of humor. A fun introduction to graphic storytelling. - School Library Journal
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
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
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
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National Parenting Publications Awards, Children's Products Competition, Honor Book, 2011
Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Picture Book - Preschool category, Silver, 2011
Ontario Library Association, Best Bets for Children and Young Adult List, Picture Book category, 2011
Ontario Arts Council, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards Picture Book category, 2012
Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Starred Selection, 2012
Canadian Toy Testing Council's Great Book List, 2014

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