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SOUPY SATURDAYS WITH THE PAIN & THE GREAT ONE

Author: Judy Blume

Illustrator: James Stevenson

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Publisher: Delecorte Press, an Imprint of Random House, Inc., ©2008

Material: hard cover

Summary: The Great One (Abigail) and the Pain (Jake) take turns telling stories about their lives. Yes, they can talk about themselves, but it's more fun to point out the other one's shortcomings. This is a set of sibling short stories for new and experienced readers alike.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, early reader, reluctant reader, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 7 to 10

Reading Level: 2.6

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: Anyone with a brother or sister will relate to this book about life with a sibling. Given the way Jake and Abigail alternate their story-telling opportunities, the book reads as much like a collection of short stories as it does a chapter book.

Pros: Families will enjoy this early reader chapter book where two siblings share the role as storytellers.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a book the whole family can enjoy together.

If You Liked This Book, Try: NO SISTERS SISTERS CLUB (A Bailey Fish Adventure, 2)   THE DAY I SWAPPED MY DAD FOR TWO GOLDFISH   THE DOUBLE DABBLE SURPRISE (Cul-de-Sac Kids #1)

Educational Themes: Although this is a story meant to be enjoyed as a recreational read, there are lessons to be learned about brother-sister relationships and how a siblings affection shows itself. This is a good choice for a reluctant reader.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 2.6

Literary Categories: Fiction - short stories, humor, family

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2008

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