written and illustrated by Lindsay Ward
2017 (Two Lions)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
Two seekers of high adventure, their strength and courage became that of legend.
This is a saga worthy of History Channel treatment. Or perhaps it should be Lin Manuel Miranda's next Broadway musical. Two young warriors torn by a clash over cookies. The youngest Brobarian, Iggy, is brave. He challenges the monster grill on the patio. Animals, real and stuffed, listen to his wise words. He uses his strength to take leadership of a standing (literally) army of 6 men. Watching from the high ground is the disgruntled older Brobarian Otto. How dare Iggy take his army! This calls for a mighty mission to restore his rightful place. While Iggy has retreated away from his cave for snacks, Otto has done a most daring deed. Iggy returns to find his milk bottle, his Bah-Bah missing. Anger fills the air. Iggy scales a stump mountain, wades through the quicksand inside the turtle, and sloshes under a raging sprinkler. He approaches the camp of his rival Otto. Iggy's nemesis leaves his tent and in a brazen public display, drinks the Bah-Bah! A wail for the ages begins a mud battle unmatched by trucks. With the land being destroyed, the mightiest warrior of all appears and banishes the brothers to the warm waters and bubbles of the "dungeon of seclusion."
This is an epically epic (You need over the top phrases for books like this.) tale. Yes, it is adorable and preK-2 readers will be highly amused. But think about other possibilities for using this book in your classroom. You can talk about sequence and chart out the major events. Along those lines, Brobarians is a fantastic example of taking a small moment and expanding it. Could you use this in middle or high school? Yes!! Think about parody. This is a classic send-up of shows like Vikings on the History Channel or the movie Conan the Barbarian. Like other great sagas, let's hope there's a Brobarians 2 around the corner.