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Friday, August 8, 2014

SPLAT! starring the Vole Brothers. Written and illustrated by Roslyn Schwartz. Owlkids. $16.95 ages 3 and up

"Tum ti tum ti tum

Flap Flap Flap

Flap Flap Flap




What can I tell you about the Vole Brothers? I can tell you that they are worth knowing, They are funny, and endearing, and adventurous. Best of all little ones love them. Maybe it's because of the aforementioned traits...or maybe it's because Roslyn Schwartz makes them so darn lovable.

In this story, the boys are off on a jaunt together when they hear some flapping. Looking up, they notice a pigeon in the air above them. If you know pigeons, you will know that a hat is required equipment when they are in your vicinity. Unfortunately, hats were not a consideration when the brothers set out. SPLAT! One gets hit!

The other thinks it is just hilarious (as will all those captivated little ones who are listening so intently). There must be recourse for the laughter. It takes no time to determine a creative response. That leads to further hijinks. Oh, and the ending is a hoot!

This almost wordless book is told with sound effects, perfect timing and a terrific sense of humor. The ink and pencil crayon artwork fills framed boxes with changing perspective, great fun and is sure to have readers and listeners giggling with delight every time it is shared.

Make no mistake, the story will be retold with expression and great glee. Soon, you won't be reading it to them, they will be reading it to you!

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