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Another Brother

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  590 ratings  ·  130 reviews

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!

Hardcover, 36 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
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Richie Partington
Richie's Picks: ANOTHER BROTHER by Matthew Cordell, Feiwel and Friends, January 2012, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-312-64324-9

"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..."

"It's close to midnight, something evil's lurking in the dark.
Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart.
You try to scream, but terror takes the sound before you make it.
You s...more
Angela Bailey
Title / Author / Publication Date:
Another Brother. / Matthew Cordell. / 2012.

Genre: Fiction.

Format: Picturebook - print.

Plot summary:
"Davy the sheep wishes he had time alone with his parents, as he did before his twelve brothers came along and started imitating his every move, but when his wish comes true Davy misses playing with the youngsters" (NoveList).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
new siblings, older brothers, family, imitation, sheep

Review citation:
"The psychology of...more
Laura
Sheep! Davy the sheep is an indulged only sheep. And then his parents introduce him to a new brother, followed by 11 more. Davy is annoyed by their baby behavior and things only get worse when the brothers begin to copy his every move. His parents promise that they'll grow out of it, and much to my and Davy's surprise, they do! The sheep move onto their own interests and poor Davy is left kind of lonely. How will he solve his problem? With a sweet new baby sister who promises to copy his every m...more
Tisha
Great story about what it's like to be an older sibling when everyone copies you and it's so annoying. But wait, what happens when all your brothers stop doing it? Fortunately, a little sister comes along...

This resonated with my youngest child, a girl, when she read the book and then urged her oldest brother to read it as well. He smiled when he finished it...
Mary
Oh, the trials and tribulations of having a younger sibling who copies your every move. Davy is experiencing that - times 12! At first he dislikes his brothers copying him, but when they outgrow the "phase," he realizes how much fun it is to have a sibling to play with.

Small but evocative line drawings will be fun to pore over with a fellow reader - maybe a sibling?
The Library Lady
The sheep and the balloons in the early spread SCREAM "Sandra Boynton", but the humor is less wacky and more kidlike. While most of us do not have 12 siblings, having a younger brother/sister follow your every move is an experience lots of kids go through and Davy's reactions are absolutely believable. The ending is perfect--sweet without saccharine. Well done!
Melissa
Goofy, fresh sibling story. I smile every time I see the mom stuffed into a too tight top and the dad stuffed into too tight pants. Fave details: where Davey is finally alone and bumps down the hill--and lower in mood--all the way across the page, and the lone balloon across the moon when he's in bed. Plus, a super ending!
midnightfaerie
A book my 6 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 1 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. A great addition to any children's library.
Melanie
Davy enjoys his life. He has his parents all to himself. But then, in quick succession, there are brothers: Petey, Mike, Stu, Mickey, Carl, Pip, Ralph, Tate, Lenny, Gil, Ned and Bob! Now, whenever Davy does something, like eat Toot Loops, or sing a song, every brother imitates him. Davy dislikes this and complains to his parents. It's a phase they tell him. When the younger sheep eventually grow out of imitation Davy thinks it's great... For a little while. Then he begins to miss it.

Then one mor...more
Regina
Davy the sheep is the apple of his parent's eyes. He's the center of attention, and he knows it. So he's clearly concerned when his parents bring home his new brother, Petey. Petey's crying, spit ups, and potty-time quickly messes up Davy's comfortable life.

But to make matters worse, soon Davy's parents bring home more and more brothers! Twelve in fact! Davy's life will never be the same as he learns that not only will his brothers take most of his attention away, but they'll also GIVE him a li...more
Amy Musser
For four wonderful years it was just Davy and his mom and dad. He had lots of attention and they praised his accomplishments. Then Petey came along. Davy’s little brother got all the attention and no one was impressed by Davy's singing or knitting anymore. But it got worse, next came Stu, then Mickey, than Carl. Well, you get the idea. Soon Davy had 12 brothers and they all wanted to be just like him. If Davy ate Toot Loops, so did his brothers. If he rode his bike, there were 12 brothers riding...more
Amber Hestwood
Another Brother by Matthew Cordell is a funny little tale that is familiar to any of us with siblings! Davy was a happy kid, or a sheep rather, before he got a brother, then another, then another,etc. Through silly drawings that give a chuckle, we learn the meaning and the importance of family. I think that this would be a great book to have in my classroom because I can hear the laughter now. The artwork depicts some pretty humorous bodily functions that the four to eight year old set will real...more
Jessica
I picked this picture book up because I was thinking that it'd make a good present for a little one who's none too thrilled about welcoming a new baby brother. There are others that do a better job at driving home the point that having a new sibling is a good thing, but there aren't many that are so simply charming. There's a lot of white space, and a whole lot of tiny sheep running around. Davy has a wonderful life with his mother and father for four years. Then his little brother is born. Then...more
Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
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...more
Jessica Green
Another Brother is a story about an only child named Davy who is used to being the center of attention. Then his parents have another child named Petey and Davy is no longer receiving all of the attention that he used to. As the story goes on, Davy ends up with 12 brothers who all love doing everything that their older brother does. They copy everything he does and he does not like it. His parents reassure him that they will not do this forever and eventually have an agenda of their own.
I would...more
edh
Davy is a sheep with a real problem. He used to be an only sheep, but now his parents have added 12 little sheep brothers to the family! Everything Davy used to find fun (singing, knitting, and shearing his wool) is ruined by brothers... everywhere. Davy's little brothers follow him around and imitate everything he does, from riding bikes to singing to eating the same cereal for breakfast. Davy can't stand the attention, but his parents say to just wait for his brothers to grow out of it. And on...more
Barbara
Only child Davy is a happy sheep. That is, until his parents add first one, then another, and finally 12 brothers to their wooly fold. It's not that Davy dislikes his siblings, but they do detract from the single-minded devotion his parents once had for him. Plus, as often happens with siblings, they copy every thing he does. When they finally leave him alone, Davy is surprised to realize that he misses all their company. But wait! His parents have a surprise for him. The story is one with which...more
Destinee Sutton
Davy is a sheep and a happy only child. Then comes little brother Petey, then Mike, then Stu, then Mickey, then Carl, Pip, Ralph, Tate, Lenny, Gil Ned, and Bob. Phew. Most of us do not have 12 younger siblings, but we all know having a little bro or sis follow your every move is annoying. Matthew Cordell’s illustrations are full of hilarious details that children will want to pore over again and again. I especially love this wordless spread showing all the ways Davy is copied.

There is a surpris...more
Kyra Harwell
The oldest child in the goat family is sick and tired of his siblings copying him all the time. Finally, they grow up some and don't want or need him any longer and he starts to feel left out...until a sister comes along:)
Kristen Collins
This is a pretty cute book between the pictures and plot. I think most older siblings can relate to this or even just someone getting copied a lot in school. I really enjoyed this simplicity and comedy of this book.
Dannielle Smith
Another Brother is a very cute book about a sheep who doesn't want his brothers copying everything he does. But once they stop copying he becomes very lonely and said. I am choosing this book as my Caldecott book because I has great simple pictures that can tell the story if the words were taken away. Even though the pictures are simple they have just enough color to hold a readers attention. This book can be easily related to even if you don't have any siblings. Most everyone is around someone...more
Lindsey Kelly-
This book is so adorable in describing about when families have more children and how the other kids have to adapt. Another Brother’s illustrations are really cute and the sheep portrays the people. I think that the print are needed to understand what the story is getting across because there are more words than really pictures on the pages. It is almost like a comic strip because there is a picture for each little passage. This book has a lot of other little picture in it that creates more crea...more
Jennifer Kaap
So sweet and giggle-inducing. Davy's life as a sheep is glorious with just him and his parents... until he gets a brother... and another brother... and another brother... 12 brothers! It's extra annoying that these little guys insist on copying his every move. His parents say it's only a phase... and it really is only a phase. Once it's over, Davy misses being looked up to by his brothers. Maybe having new siblings isn't so bad after all. The illustrations are humorous and intricate... I loved p...more
Jessica Anthony
This book is a great book for any child expecting a new sibling on the way or already here. It is a great reality for kids to follow what its like having someone littler in the house that looks up to you. It also encourages the older sibling to enjoy the times while they last that may at the time seem "annoying" to them because one day after their little sibling grow up, they wont be there all the time anymore or want to follow them around as much as they do now. Its a great simple read for litt...more
April the Librarian
A cute picture book about a sheep who has his parents all to himself. They celebrate his every accomplishment and lavish attention on him, until his brother is born, and another brother, and another, and so on. His many younger brothers drive him crazy following and copying his every move! Until one day, there is no following or copying and he truly misses being the center of of his many brothers attention. Good thing a new member of the family appears!

Great book for 3 and up or any child with y...more
Bill
a couple great two-page spreads in terms of illustrations
Kris
Davy enjoys life as the only child, until all of a sudden he has twelve little brothers to contend with. Comic -like illustrations done in pen and ink and watercolor extend the humor of the text, providing plenty of details that readers will want to examine more closely. The ending is perfect.

2 Starred Reviews -- SLJ and Kirkus. (2.26.12)

See also review at Seven Impossible Things.

Katie Seckinger
Anyone with siblings could probably relate to Another Brother in some way. Davy was an only child for a while and was the center of attention. Davy eventually got twelve brothers, and he was annoyed because they copied everything he did. Eventually they stopped and Davy felt alone but then he got a sister. The illustrations matched the words very well and there was a lot of onomatopoeia displayed within the illustrations. In the classroom, this book could be used to teach students about patience...more
Othrpplsnapkins
fun story about new siblings.
Laura
Be careful what you wish for.
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