Rock 'N' Roll Mole

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Mole has a rock 'n' roll soul. He wears a leather jacket (even in summer) and shades (even at night), and he can strut just like his idol, Mick Badger. But then Mole's friend Pig plans a talent show and, to everyone's shock, Mole refuses to play. He's a rock star, see-just as long as no one's watching. The night of the big show, Pig is ready for his sizzling dance number, but wait-his iPod's broken! Can Mole step up and save his friend's rep, or will the bright lights and big ...
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Overview


Mole has a rock 'n' roll soul. He wears a leather jacket (even in summer) and shades (even at night), and he can strut just like his idol, Mick Badger. But then Mole's friend Pig plans a talent show and, to everyone's shock, Mole refuses to play. He's a rock star, see-just as long as no one's watching. The night of the big show, Pig is ready for his sizzling dance number, but wait-his iPod's broken! Can Mole step up and save his friend's rep, or will the bright lights and big crowds make him shake in his shades?

This tale of loyalty and self-esteem crackles with rockin' comedy for every generation-perfect for every kid, and their parents and grandparents

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mole has a leather jacket and shades, a classic bad boy strut, and a trio of groupies. But he's no poseur. As Crimi (Principal Fred Won't Go to Bed) writes, "He had a rock-and-roll soul" and is a talented guitarist. Trouble is, no one's heard him play except for his best friend Pig—because Mole also suffers from paralyzing stage fright. Can Mole overcome his fears and help Pig, a dancer and budding impresario, pull off the most awesome talent show ever? The answer is never in doubt, but with two veteran collaborators in charge, it doesn't matter. Crimi manages an evenhanded, almost reportorial tone while rocking the rocker's emotional vocabulary ("Mole cranked. He burned. He scorched the stage with his fierce, funky sounds"); as a result, her text never feels like it's trying too hard to be cool. As always, Munsinger (the Jellybeans series) beautifully conveys the all-too-human vulnerability and yearning for connection that animate her anthropomorphized characters. Readers will finish the book ready to put their hands in the air—and then give the entire cast a big hug. Ages 3–5. (Aug.)
Booklist

“Crimi’s lively, read-aloud-friendly text has a contemporary, lighthearted flair while Munsinger’s typically expressive animal characters will delight children.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“It’s not often you find a book that will satisfy both young Guitar Hero fans with dreams of stardom and lovers of adorable animals who wear clothes—this one just might.”
Orland Press Register

“A charming and funny story of loyalty, friendship and facing your fears, Rock ‘n’ role Mole delivers in every regard.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“It’s not often you find a book that will satisfy both young Guitar Hero fans with dreams of stardom and lovers of adorable animals who wear clothes—this one just might.”
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Mole, the anthropomorphic hero of this tribute to rock music, has "a rock-and-roll soul." His leather jacket, shades, and strut have the chicks in school screaming. But although he has all the moves and can play a fine guitar when alone, Mole is afraid of performing in public. His friend Pig wants to put on a talent show at school, and he encourages Mole to rule the stage. But while practicing, Mole feels that he just can't do it. Then Pig finds that he has no music to dance to at the show, and Mole manages to "rock the house." In a sequence of scenes in which Pig dances and Mole plays guitar up and down the pages, the text has fun with the rockin' description of the performance. The pair is "pure platinum." The sight of Mole's ecstatic dancing, guitar in hand, on the cover can set readers' feet twitching. Munsinger uses mixed pen-and-ink and colored pencils to add details to the watercolors defining the animals. Mole dominates each scene, but Pig and a trio of preadolescent chicks as well as a skateboarding young raccoon add comic touches. The vignettes about dancing make us want to join the audience in stomping appreciation. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—With his leather jacket, cool shades, and confident strut, Mole oozes style. He plays guitar "like a legend," but paralyzing stage fright prevents him from sharing his talents with an audience. His friend Pig tries to encourage him to perform at a school assembly, but Mole resolutely refuses. At the mere mention of getting up on stage, his "paws shook" and his "legs wobbled." On the day of the talent show, Mole triumphs over his fears to help a friend. Munsinger's charming band of characters includes a break-dancing pig, a skateboarding raccoon, and a trio of swooning chicks. The watercolor illustrations are full of witty details like a guitar-shaped lamp and punny posters of superstars "Goose Springsteen," "Mick Badger," and "Moo 2." Children will identify with Mole's anxiety and will cheer for his rockin' success.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews

When a friend's in need, sometimes it does come down to "Just do it," as one little mole learns.

That's the big-hearted, selfless message in Crimi's tale of Mole, the budding rock star who turns into jelly at the prospect of being on stage. In his bedroom he's all swagger, like Mick Badger, and his friend Pig has witnessed his stuff. When Pig decides to put on a talent show, Mole reluctantly agrees to play but then cancels. Pig's disappointed, though he doesn't chide his friend. Then Pig finds himself in the lurch when his iPod breaks, and Mole comes to the rescue, taming the collywobbles by taking himself out of the picture and just doing it, because his friend needs him to. In this best of all worlds, Mole doesn't crash and burn but smokes 'em with his blazing guitar. Despite all the anxiety floating around, Crimi keeps her touch light; doing the right thing becomes a vehicle for overcoming the sweats. She draws Mole as such a sympathetic soul that it's easy to identify with his case of nerves and just as easy to feel uplift in his act. By now, one almost takes the prolific Munsinger's happy-go-lucky artwork for granted, but that would be a crime. Her illustrations show their usual bonhomie, but they are also warm as a nest, somewhere to soothe worries away.

It may not be, as Mole says at the end, "pure platinum," but it's not too far off.(Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803731660
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/4/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 995,103
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Carolyn Crimi lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Lynn Munsinger is the bestselling illustrator of The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza, What Mommies Do Best / What Daddies Do Best, Wodney Wat, and Tacky the Penguin. She spends her winters in Vermont and her summers in Boston, Massachusetts.

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