Another Brother

 
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Another Brother

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Feiwel and Friends, 2012

"When Davy sang a tender ballad, Dad cried. When Davy knitted a wooly masterpiece, Mom rejoiced
when  Davy sheared his own dandy hairdo, Mom and Dad cried and rejoiced. But, things change..."


What  do you find most scary? Ghouls and vampires? Standing on the edge of 150-floor building? The thought of an earthquake under your feet, or an asteroid heading  straight for your city? Well, I'd take any one of those in a heartbeat over what befalls poor Davy, who for four glorious years "had Mom and Dad all to himself." That is, until along  came: first  Petey and  then Mike and  then Stu and  then Mickey and  then Carl and  then Pip and  then Ralph and  then Tate and  then Lenny and  then Gil and  then Ned and then Bob.

For  someone like me who has spent a lifetime struggling mightily with the indignities and travails brought about by having to deal with ONE little brother, the notion of being faced with TWELVE of them is truly a horror show. And so it is pretty weird that ANOTHER BROTHER is actually so dang funny. Davy and his [eeew] twelve brothers are all these very funny looking sheep who all  wear red sneakers just like I do. The twelve brothers all follow Davy around  (just like sheep), repeatedly doing exactly the same thing that
Davy does. Talk about annoying! Every action, every word.

"'Mom!'  Davy said. 'Dad! They keep copying me. Tell them to leave me alone!'
"'It's  only a phase, Davy,' Mom said. 'Because you're the oldest, your brothers look up to you.'
"'When  they get old enough,' said Dad, 'your brothers will have their own interests.  Then they won't copy you.'"
(Yeah, right. I seem to be recalling those famous last words from somewhere in the recesses of my mind.) But then it happens! They finally leave him alone. Hmmm. Guess what happens next?

Matthew Cordell's depiction of this pack of brother sheep is hysterical. And the parents are even more so. There is one illustration that is absolutely classic: The  sheep dad, who is suspendered into his pants, and the sheep mother, who is jammed  into a turtleneck sweater, are attempting (with less than stellar results) to sit  in traditional living room arm chairs while they have a serious talk with Davy.  It really brings out the barnyard inherent in these characters. Yup.  Sheep and endless little brothers. Definitely the stuff of nightmares.

Recommended by Richie  Partington, MLIS, Librarian, California, USA
Visit his blog at: Richie's Picks _http://richiespicks.co

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