We’ve seen the success of Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon and Pig the Pug. Now, in true form, Aaron Blabey brings us another humorous story that at times makes us cringe; it’s The Brothers Quibble.
”Spalding Quibble ruled the roost.
He shared it with no other.
But then his parents introduced…
…a brand new baby brother.”
Oh, this is the part when Spalding’s world falls apart. With a hint of delirium and eyes as big as saucers, the oldest boy feels something called ‘utter and complete jealousy’ creep up from somewhere deep inside.
And a WAR has erupted in the Quibble household!
Spalding goes on to cause absolute havoc, only to be sentenced to Time Out in his room. And as baby Bunny starts to grow up, he is forced to learn valuable lessons in defending himself against his monster of a brother. But behind every taunt, quabble, whack and scuffle, Bunny still has nothing but love to give.
Eventually, Spalding’s frozen heart is melted and the brothers begin to actually like each other. Even if it’s not always sunny!
I love how the drama in the illustrations is so cleverly depicted with accentuated, crazed facial expressions and moody dark backgrounds. But then there’s also a nice softness in the colour palette during those ‘loving’ moments. With a flowing rhyme in the text, and an equally flowing sequence of events in the pictures, the story is an easy read many times over.
The Brothers Quibble, a story of relationships, acceptance and jealousy, contains just the perfect amount of humour, touching moments and wickedness to capture all readers from age four, and particularly for those who understand the complexity that is sibling rivalry.
The Brothers Quibble will be read by an estimated 500,000 children around Australia in the 2015 National Simultaneous Storytime.
Title: The Brothers Quibble
Author / Illustrator: Aaron Blabey
Published by: Penguin Group / Viking Feb 2014
PB. RRP: $24.99
Ages: 3+ years
Type: Picture Book
My Little Question Time!
Do you have a baby brother or sister? How did you react when they first came home? / How do you think you would react?
Look at the cover. How do you think these two brothers feel about each other?
What do you think the word ‘quibble’ means? How does this relate to the story? It is a pun… what does this mean?
What does ‘rule the roost’ mean? Do you think Spalding should have reacted this way when his brother came home? Is it an over-reaction? How do you think Spalding is feeling? Why do you think he is feeling this way? Do you think his parents were right to put Spalding in Time Out?
How did Spalding’s feelings towards Bunny change? Why? Why do you think Bunny still loved his brother although Spalding wasn’t nice? Do you ever fight with your brother or sister? Do you still love each other?
My Little Learning Time!
– Write a persuasive text explaining why you should / should not have a brother / sister.
– Write a letter to your sibling, telling them how you feel about them.
– Write an acrostic poem using your brother or sister’s name.
– Finish the sentence, ”I love my brother / sister because…”, ”My brother / sister drives me crazy when…”
– Complete or make your own wordsearch using words relating to the story.
Download our The Brothers Quibble Word Search here:
– Research information and other books by the author, Aaron Blabey. Present as a slideshow or poster.
– Read other books about brothers. How do they get along? Is there often sibling rivalry and jealousy? Are they often about acceptance?
I Love My Baby Brother by Anna Walker, Tim and Ed by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner, Cuthbert’s Babies / Herbert and Harry by Pamela Allen, There’s Going to be a Baby by John Burningham
Art / Craft.
– Spalding Quibble felt a bit delirious when his parents introduced Bunny. The expressions on his face are really quite priceless! Draw some crazy faces, or team up with a partner and draw each other’s craziest-looking faces!
– Make a crown so you can ‘rule the roost’.
Tiara for girls: http://picklebums.com/2010/11/16/make-a-tiara/
Crown template: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/crown-template-1
– Draw a portrait of your family.
– Create a gorgeous photo frame to put a family photo into.
– Cereal Box Photo Frame
– Take your own family photos.
– Make a family tree.
Using coloured card, patterned paper, templates and photos, you can create this gorgeous creation:
– Handprint Family Tree
– Paper Family Chain
– Family of Monsters from TP Rolls!
– Time: Milestones
Bunny Quibble grew as time passed. He learned to sit, crawl, walk, dodge a cricket ball and talk.
Create a timeline or time wheel to show your own milestones from birth to now.
Spalding traumatised his family, one of the horrific things he did was cover them in green paint.
Make your own Green Gooey Slime!
Lessons and photography by Romi Sharp 2014.
All sourced resources have been credited.
These lessons are for personal or classroom use only, and are not permitted for commercial use.
The Brothers Quibble
Available for purchase from Boomerang Books ($22.49 + $6.95 shipping per order)