Meet first grader Jake, aka “The Pain,” and his third grade sister Abigail, aka “The Great One”. These lovable, funny characters first appeared in a picture book over 20 years ago and now they are the stars of Judy Blume’s Soupy Saturdays with the Pain & the Great One. If you have a brother or sister, I bet that you can relate to the humorous sibling rivalries that occur over haircuts, bike riding, soccer, and birthday parties. Jake even tries to wash a dog with his shampoo and brush the dog’s teeth with, of course, his own toothbrush. Yuck! Early readers can enjoy the short chapters and the adorable illustrations that truly bring the characters to life.
Reviewed by Carol C, Elementary School Liaison