Violet and Jobie in the Wild

Greenwillow. Sept. 2022. 240p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062499691.
Gr 2-5–Violet and Jobie are mouse siblings who have become accustomed to their cushy life indoors. With no lack of food and shelter, they spend their days watching the humans’ television. However, when they are outsmarted by a trap and relocated to the woods, the pair suddenly needs to learn to survive—finding food, shelter, and safety from predators. With the guidance of a wizened field mouse named Zolian, the siblings learn to enjoy their new home. Infused with humor and touching character depth, this book provides a nuanced look at what it means to be home and to grow up. Readers who are drawn to the charming black-and-white sketch illustrations and the animal story will be in for a pleasant surprise at the heart and sophistication of the story that gives the book broader appeal.
VERDICT Strongly recommended purchase for elementary collections and readers who enjoy the work of Katherine Applegate.

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