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