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Author: Jamie Harper

Illustrator: Jamie Harper

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Publisher: Little, Brown & Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Grace just wants to have some time of her own, without her little sister Lucy imitating her at every turn. No matter what she did or where she went, Lucy was there. Some razzing after swim team helped Grace see that maybe having a little sister wasn't so bad after all. This is a picture book about understanding sibling affection.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Reading Level: 2.7

Age of Child: started reading with 3-year-old child

Young Reader Reaction: For more than a year now, our preschooler routinely pulls this book from the shelf for bedtime stories. S/He enjoys the participatory nature of the tale, citing "me too!" at all the right places.

Adult Reader Reaction: Even though we don't have copycat siblings in our house, this is a fun book. Although it can stand multiple parental readings, we can't say that it is among our favorites.

Pros: The illustrations add personality to the story, and there are opportunities for audience participation.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. At home or in a classroom, it is a fun read, with opportunities to help kids think before acting.


Educational Themes: The book makes it easy to talk about life with a sibling … or even a copycat fan … without sounding preachy.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2006

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