Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 26, 2021

Book Giveaway: ROCK AND VOLE by Jennifer Sattler

Jennifer Sattler has written and illustrated a new picture book, ROCK AND VOLE, published by Sleeping Bear Press. It is available in bookstores now. SBP has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States.

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Jennifer.

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!


Little Vole plans her time very carefully. Each day starts with the same exercise routine. Each day she eats the same stinky cheese snack. And each day ends the same way, sleeping on the left side of her cozy bed. Day in and day out, this is Vole’s routine. But one day Vole wakes up and wants something different. She wants an adventure–a trip! So Vole starts to plan. She draws a map. She picks the ideal halfway spot to eat her snack. And she knows exactly what she will say at the end of her trip. “This is just as I imagined it.” Vole sets out on her perfectly planned adventure and things are going well. But sometimes perfectly planned adventures don’t go perfectly. Unexpectedly, Vole comes to a ginormous, selfish, refuses-to-move rock that is blocking her way to her lovely adventure. How unfair! But is it? Maybe life can be better when some things don’t go according to plan. From the author/illustrator of One Red Sock.


Rock and Vole has a special place in my heart. I really wanted to do a book that did two things:
First, I wanted to use landscape as a character. The character of Rock in this book transforms, not because it’s literally changing, but because Vole starts to change the way she sees and interacts with it.

When it doesn’t ‘answer’ her in the beginning, she assumes it’s ignoring her. Then she interprets its silence as “listening” to her. And eventually they sit quietly together. I began my career as a landscape painter and I really wanted to go back to my love of sitting
in a field or in the woods, painting. I dedicated this book to a close friend of mine who is also an artist. She and I would go all over and paint together outside. Some of those landscapes have made it into this book.

Secondly I wanted to write a book about one of the most important things I’ve learned:
That sometimes life doesn’t turn out the way I planned. And as much as I want to just fight and argue with what IS, it won’t change it.
(Actually, sometimes , it turns out better than what I thought was going to happen.)

I think kids can see the ridiculousness of arguing with a rock, but personally? I do it all of the time. Most of the grown -ups I know do it too. I never want to preach to kids. I think as soon as you set something up as “a lesson” it falls on reluctant ears.

So, if I can make a funny little story that rings true (although, you might not understand why) but that feels somehow bigger than the little story itself, then I’m happy.


Jennifer Sattler is the award-winning author and illustrator of many children’s books, including Sylvie and Uh Oh, Do Do!, and the Chick ‘N’ Pug and Pig Kahuna series. She grew up outside of Philadelphia and then went on to study painting and drawing at the University of New Hampshire, followed by the Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University in Bloomington. In 1996, she won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her books have won The Mockingbird Award for Picture Books and The Georgia Children’s Book Award. Jennifer lives in upstate New York.

Jennifer Sattler didn’t always want to be an author and illustrator. When she was in third grade her teacher, Teacher Marty, mentioned that she was 40 and had never had a cavity. Jennifer thought that Teacher Marty was “ the bees knees” so she decided that she would be a dentist when she grew up and vowed never to have a cavity.

Jennifer went on to become an artist. She pretended to be a grown up for several years, teaching college students how to paint and draw. But when her kids were born, her inner goofball could be contained no longer!  Her passion was making kids laugh and making picture books.

She’s not a dentist. But… still no cavities!

Jen, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. I love all your books. They are always so much fun. This one is another winner. Love the little vole and your color palette for the illustrations. And those big eyes and facial expressions are bound to have kids laughing off their chairs. Good luck with the book! Keep them coming!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. So many things that my adult self should remember more often. Congratulations on this beautiful book!


  2. What a fun book and wonderful book journey. Thanks for sharing! I definitely want to rock and vole. [Newsletter Subscriber]


  3. This looks adorable! Writing a funny story that rings true, makes ALL of us happy! Thanks for sharing. (subscriber and sharing this)


  4. This is adorable! I love the expression you’ve shown in Vole’s eyes! The message is definitely something people of all ages need to be reminded of.
    Good luck with this beautiful book!


  5. Your story sounds wonderful, Jennifer! I can’t wait to read it!


  6. This book sounds adorable, thank you for sharing!


  7. This idea is wonderful and I enjoy the exaggerated humor. I also identify with Vole in my daily routine LOL. I’m adding this to my TBR. I’m a subscriber and shared the news about this book:


  8. This book looks adorable! Congratulations, Jen!


  9. What a great title! This book looks adorable. I RTed and I get the emails.


  10. We all face rocks in our lives. I’m looking forward to reading this! (Kathy, I subscribe to your blog.)


  11. What an adorable book. And any book that mentions pumpernickel bread has got to be good. Thanks for telling me about it. I subscribe to your blog by email.


  12. Stinky cheese and raisins?? I love it! Can’t wait to meet Vole 🙂


  13. Jennifer, these illustrations are SO precious ❤ And I WISH I never had cavities! Man, would my life be different lol


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