Book Description

Monty Mole must overcome his fear and swallow his pride when some greedy birds invade Wobbly Toad’s garden in this cute tale of garden animal friends.

Mole on Patrol is a lively story of fun and friendship set in a colourful vegetable patch. Chloe Applin has created four unforgettable characters that inhabit this charming world, Monty Mole, Wobbly Toad, Freda Frog, and their dog, Stephen. One day, a gang of greedy birds swoops in, and the garden friends world is turned upside down. With some quick thinking from Freda Frog, a solution appears. But this solution not only frightens the birds but Monty Mole, too! It takes a wheelbarrow of understanding to convince Monty that he is indeed still the best mole on patrol in this book illustrated with colourful and sweet watercolour paintings.

  • Positive messages of sustainability through growing vegetables in a garden.
  • Colourful and detailed watercolour illustrations bring Wobbly Toad’s garden to life.
  • A story about friends working together, written with warmth and humour.

The Author-illustrator

Chlöe Applin has a BA in Visual Studies from Norwich University of the Arts and an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. She enjoys creating characters and the worlds they live in and takes inspiration from nature and animals. Chloe lives in Cambridge, UK, and when she’s not drawing, she can be found making toys and puppets from recycled fabrics. Her toys have recently been featured on the BBC.

Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Levels

Guided Reading Level: L

Grade Level Equivalent: 2

Educational Descriptions

Picture book, animal fantasy, Life science context: biodiversity in a garden, Story elements: setting: Garden, plot and character development: Montey the Mole, problem and solution, figurative language, Illustrations enhance meaning and tone, labels, Comprehension strategies: Identify cause and effect relationships, changes from beginning to end of the story, make inferences, draw conclusions, make text to world connections. Themes: gardening, feeling embarrassed, working together, friendship.

Interest Age: 5 to 8 years

Reading Age: 7 to 8 years

RRP: $24.99

ISBN: 978-1-76036-130-3

Format: Hardback

JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

World rights available, except for Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

Book Details
Chlöe Applin
Chlöe Applin
20.0 cm in H · 25.0 cm in W · 40 pages
Release Date:
October 2021
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