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Another Brother

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  869 ratings  ·  163 reviews
Matthew Cordell, the author-illustrator of Caldecott Medal winner Wolf in the Snow, crafts a delightful picture book about new siblings and growing families in Another Brother.

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.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Square Fish (first published January 31st 2012)
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May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Davy was happy being an only child sheep, but bam-bam-bam - 12 brothers came along.

Soon he had 12 little shadows, following him around, doing whatever Davy did.




(My favorite is when they're all pretending to be monkeys, but I can't find a picture of that. It's hilarious!)

The funny thing is, when his brothers all develop interests of their own, and stop tailing him, Davy finds he kind of misses them.

This is a cute story, with adorable Sandra Boyntonish drawings. Kids should love it.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for New Sibling Stories with a Slightly Different Sensibility
Davy was happy as an only child, with all of his parents' love and attention. Then a younger brother named Petey arrived. And then another one, named Mike. One by one, more brothers showed up, until Davy was the eldest of twelve! Suddenly, he was never alone - always shadowed by his younger brothers, always being imitated, until he was fed up. But would being left alone turn out as happily as he'd thought?

This is a 'new sibling' book with a vengeance! I don't think I've ever seen an example of
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Simple sheep book about brothers who do the same thing (with tiny plot twist at the end). Overall, nothing spectacular.
Richie Partington
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
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.
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
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 ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
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!
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
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...
The Library Lady
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
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!
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.
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
I love, love, love this book. It is so cute and funny. The pictures are freakin' adorable. Definitely on the list of books to buy.
Leah Edel
For four years, Davy was an only child and his parents loved him very much. But then after the four years, Davy got a younger brother Petey and Petey didnt like the things Davy did. Then he got more brothers; Mickey, Carl, Pip, Ralph, Tate, Lenny, Gil, Ned, and Bob. So, there were twelve boys! All of the brothers would copy everything Davy did, and he didnt like that. But after a while, all the brothers started doing different things, and Davy missed being followed around. Then one
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-books
I give this book a 4 star rating.

This book is about Davy. He was the only child till his family had 12 more brother. Davy was use too being an only child but once he had 12 brothers he soon realized he wasn't alone. This lead to Davy always being followed. But one day after Davy's brothers didn't follow him, he felt lonely. Davy learned that it's not okay to just to be by hisself.

Ways to use this in a classroom
1) Address the problem of having new ways to deal with people and how to handle it
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
Cordell uses his ingenious visual and narrative style to explore the sibling problems a sheep has to deal with. Young readers or listeners might get some help from an attuned adult who is nearby to assist in processing their issues with siblings. This is a feeling book as Davey deals with the irritations of mimicking brothers and sisters, and the loneliness when they all go in different directions. That all sounds way too serious and a bit glumdont let that deflect you, because mostly this is ...more
Amber Lefevre
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Davy goes from being an only child to suddenly having 12 brothers copying him which is obviously annoying. Except one day they stop and he realizes how lonely it is now that none of them want to play.

My 4 year old really likes this book. It's short, silly, and the art is really basic B&W with a few splashes of color.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The heydays of being an only sheep are over for Davy when Petey comes along. But it doesn't end there! Will his brothers ever leave him alone??!! In a word, yes. But is that what Davy really wants? Thankfully, someone new saves the day. A charming, well-told story about growing up in a large family--with delightful pictures!
LOVED this book! It is whimsical and humorous, but has a nice little lesson. Davy is an only child...for a while. Then he gets a brother, then another brother, then another...and so on. All his little brothers copy him and it annoys Davy.

The illustrations are funny and capture the story. And there is repetition that add to the humor of the story and the storyline itself.
Lynn  Davidson
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Davey the sheep has his mom and dad to himself for four years, until a little brother came along. Then another brother, then another - until he had twelve little brothers. They all copied everything he did, which annoyed him. One day they all stopped. He got lonely - until ....

Funny story.
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just re read this book with my kids today, and I had forgotten how much I loved this book!
It is so funny. I love reciting all the brother's names. And the illustrations are excellent. It's such a relatable, funny story about Davey and his younger siblings.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is spot-on for anyone who has siblings. Kids will be able to relate to this really well.

Plus, the expressions on the parents' faces are my favorite. Cordell nailed the exhausted parent look.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The delightful illustrations make this book extra fun to read with a young child. There is so much to look at on each page as each of Davy's brothers displays his unique personality, even when they are copying Davy. What a sweet tale!
Sussu Leclerc
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute and funny.
Lydia Theobald
Funny and cute. It feels like the plot has somewhere to go, but then it doesn't do very much.
Katie Walsh
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a cute book! Great for children with siblings or expecting siblings. Perfectly describes the (at times) love/hate relationship between siblings.
Owen & Hannah Love
This is a sweet story with a good lesson about sibling rivalry. The illustrations are adorable!
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was adorable.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spring-2020
Renae J Sutton
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one was laugh-out-loud funny (to my 5 year old). That's a win. I read it to him for the first time today and I think we've read it now about 6 more times already.
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Matthew Cordell is the acclaimed author and illustrator of the 2018 Caldecott winner Wolf in the Snow. He is also the author and illustrator of Trouble Gum and the illustrator of If the S in Moose Comes Loose, Toot Toot Zoom!, Mighty Casey, Righty and Lefty, and Toby and the Snowflakes, which was written by his wife. Matthew lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife, writer Julie Halpern, and ...more

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