Perfect Picture Book Friday – Brobarians

It’s Friday!

And you know what that means. . .

Perfect Picture Books!

I don’t know about where you live, but where I live the weather has been most uncooperative!  Long spells of frigid temperatures topped off with snow and ice.  It’s too cold to stay outside for more than about 14 seconds, and even if you dare go out, you have to wade through snow or pick your way carefully over ice.  (Don’t get me wrong – I like winter activities as much as the next person – but getting groceries has turned into an Olympic sport! 🙂 )

The result?

Cabin fever and barbarian behavior!

So I have the Perfect Picture Book for today 🙂


Title: Brobarians

Written & Illustrated By: Lindsay Ward

Two Lions, March 2017, fiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-7

Themes/Topics: siblings, sibling rivalry, conflict resolution, humor

Opening: “In the beginning,
a great warrior laid claim to the land.
Feared by all, his reign was steadfast.

But soon another arrived
and his influence spread quickly.
This fierce rival challenged the great warrior.

Two seekers of high adventure,
Their strength and courage became that of legend.

This is the tale of the mighty Brobarians. . .

Brief Synopsis: Otto and Iggy, two warriors once at peace, end up at odds when they blame each other for spilling the cookies and then Iggy commandeers Otto’s army guys and Otto strikes back by taking Iggy’s bottle 🙂  How can the problem be resolved with two such fierce contenders at war?

Links To Resources: video of how to make your own cardboard sword; video of how to make your own cardboard shield; recipe for Viking Bread

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text and illustration copyright Lindsay Ward 2017

Why I Like This Book: The book is written like a knightly quest tale of old (or maybe it has more of a Viking flavor 🙂 )  All is well in the kingdom until the brothers start fighting over their belongings.  Anyone who has spent time around siblings will appreciate the story!  When the clash between the two reaches an unbearable level, who should step in to referee but Mamabarian! 🙂  The two brothers, sent off in shame, end up friends again when they’re both sentenced to the “dungeon of seclusion” (the bathtub) – partners in crime 🙂  A fun, entertaining story that all Brobarians and Mamabarians will get a kick out of 🙂

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

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Ski, sled, skate, and come in and get warm with a cozy fire, a mug of hot chocolate, and a stack of picture books!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂


26 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Brobarians

  1. Maria Marshall (@MariaMarshall_) says:

    Ha! The Olympic sport of grocery gathering. I so look forward to your Friday posts. Hope you thaw out in the very near future. This is indeed the perfect book for the weather. Can’t wait to get a closer look at it. Funny we both chose books on siblings. 🙂

  2. Angela Brown says:

    Having grown up with an older brother and and younger sister, I can certainly remember the sibling battles from those many, many, many moons ago lol!
    This sounds like such a fun rendition of that.

    And careful as you’re getting those groceries. Be sure to complete all turns smoothly and get to the finish line safely 🙂

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      I also grew up in a houseful of siblings…and I have 5 kids of my own…and now 2 granddaughters… so I know all about those battles, Angela! 🙂 As for the Grocery Olympics, I’m perfecting my technique. The judges awarded 7 out of 10 for my Cart Navigation due to an unavoidable slush pile, but I intend to keep practicing until nothing gets in the way of a perfect score! 🙂

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      I KNOW! Isn’t that the best title? Totally a “wish-I-thought-of-it” one!!! Warm breezes and sunny skies to you, too, Vivian. (And I am totally not laughing at the total non-absurdity of that comment in New England in January! 🙂 )

  3. Wendy says:

    Just this morning I told my husband I had cabin fever! Living the dream–but now I’ll have the perfect book rec to read to pass the time. 🙂

  4. ptnozell says:

    Great choice for a cold winter’s day! Hope it’s warming up by you! I chose a longer book for my review today, with the thought that everyone will want to curl up with a longer read in front of the fire.

  5. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    I don’t know. Those Brobarians look like they might be a little chilly in their skivvies, LOL. Hope they come in before they get frostbite.

    Your little llamas have arrived intact. Thank you! Stay tuned….

  6. heavenlyhashformoms says:

    HA! That book sounds like a hoot! And a timely pick, since it involves Vikings, and we are all rooting for the Minnesota Vikings to head for the Super Bowl, right?? All positive thoughts heading our way appreciated!!!! SKOL! Oh, and good news, it is seriously like spring here in Minnesota, so you may be thawing our soon. Of course, we are expecting ten inches of snow on Sunday, but we are all hoping for a “no school” day after we win the game on Sunday any way!

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