Rose and Riley (Hardcover)

By Jane Cutler, Thomas F. Yezerski (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374363406, 48pp.

Publication Date: February 24, 2005



A welcome addition to the pantheon of early reader books

Meet Rose and Riley, a vole and a groundhog, who are best friends. And like all best friends, they don't always see eye to eye. Whether it is best to carry an umbrella when rain is predicted but there isn't a cloud in the sky, or a good idea to celebrate un-birthdays (a birthday party every day!) or learn how to stop worrying, these two friends demonstrate, with their true affection for one another, the importance of discussion and why opposites attract.

The very simple text, coupled with adorable watercolors, will charm those just starting to read.

About the Author

Jane Cutler is the author of many children's books, including "The Birthday Doll." She lives in San Francisco, California.

Thomas F. Yezerski has written and/or illustrated a number of books, including "A Full Hand." He lives in Rutherford, New Jersey.

Praise For Rose and Riley

"Cutler's narrative is concise and smooth. Yezerski's line-and-watercolor art displays a delicate clouding of earthy colors that gives the images a gentle, pensive air. The warmth of the relationship makes rereading worthwhile." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Yezerski's soft pastels have just enough charm, energy and cuteness to match the gentle stories." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A sweet, thoughtful offering with two memorable characters." -- School Library Journal"The whole 'Rose and Riley' package, with Yezerski's gentle watercolors and Cutler's fresh writing style, is reminiscent of 'Frog and Toad are Friends' by Arnold Lobel. Delightful fare for the emergent reader looking for something that's not just by the book." -- The San Francisco Chronicle