Expedition backyard Exploring nature from country to city

Rosemary Mosco

Book - 2022

Mole and Vole always venture out into the world to see what nature they can find, but after an accidental move from the country to the city, the best friends have to learn to discover new plants and animals in their new environment.

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Children's Room New Shelf jGRAPHIC NOVEL/Mosco (NEW SHELF) Due Oct 23, 2022
Graphic novels
Comics (Graphic works)
Action and adventure comics
New York : Random House Graphic [2022]
Physical Description
116 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Ages 4-8
Main Author
Rosemary Mosco (author)
Other Authors
Binglin Hu (illustrator), Ashanti Fortson (colourist), Desolina Fletcher
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Every day and sometimes at night, excitable Vole surprises neighbor Mole with a wake-up call: "TIME FOR ADVENTURE!!" Quieter, more risk-averse Mole gamely accompanies danger-seeking Vole, documenting their days in a sketchbook. When the pair inadvertently hitches a one-way ride to a city with nearby human residents, portrayed as Black, they make the best of the surprising transition, exploring the urban wilderness in bite-size adventures with dialogue by Mosco that smoothly integrates nature facts. Hu's animal character designs are welcoming and friendly, while changing viewpoints—including cutaways of Mole's underground home, images of sketchbook pages, and aerial views of the adventurers' rambles—keep the pages interesting in this light comic centering a gentle animal fellowship, a human child's move from city to country, and a view of the natural world's variations. Back matter includes tips for drawing, journaling, and green living. Ages 4–8. (June) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 3—Best friends Mole and Vole live in a forest and look for new sights every day for Mole to draw in their nature journal. They venture into the moving boxes of a nearby human family, who are Black, and accidentally move with them to a large city. The change of setting surprises the pair, who quickly establish new homes and pair up to explore the urban environment, including streets, trees, and a community garden. They form an Adventurers Club of like-minded animals to observe flora and fauna, while avoiding predators such as hawks and owls. Hu's artwork conveys the fun, wonder, and fear the adventurers experience. Full spreads and pages of three to four panels each are easy to follow, whether wandering around a neighborhood or introducing a new friend. Activities in the back include guides for drawing, nature journals, community gardens, decorating windows to help birds, raising cats, and composting. VERDICT Readers will feel compelled to start their own journals, gardens, and hikes thanks to these outdoorsy animal friends.—Thomas Maluck Copyright 2022 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

After an accidental move to the city from the country, best friends Mole and Vole, worrying that everything will be different, explore their new surroundings and learn that they can find wonder in nature everywhere. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Join two best friends—a mole and vole—on their everyday expeditions to find beautiful plants, meet new animals, and learn more about the world all around them in this nonfiction graphic novel.Each day, Mole and Vole venture out into the world – never forgetting their nature journal! – to see what they can find in their own backyard. From pigeons and jumping spiders to swamp milkweed and maple trees, these two explorers get to know every part of their local environment. But after an accidental move from the country to the city, Mole and Vole worry that everything will be different. As they explore, they discover plants to look at and animals to meet in their new home as well. The story of these two best friends brings to life a nonfiction adventure of finding wonder in nature everywhere – no matter where you live. This book concludes with fun activities for kids to do at home.