Soupy Saturdays with the Pain & the Great One
by Judy Blume
Illustrated by James Stevenson
Most enjoyed by 1st through 4th graders
'Soupy Saturdays with the Pain & the Great One' is a book of short stories about a brother and sister. Can you guess which one is the Great One and which is the Pain? Remember, this is about a brother and sister. If you guessed the sister is the Great One and the brother is the Pain, you're right!
The Great One (who's real name is Abigail) is always right and knows everything. The Pain (also known as Jacob) is just that, and boy, does he live up to the name! Their stories are about everyday things that happen between the two. When the Pain has to get his hair cut, he's terrified. He shows up wearing ear muffs in the hopes that the barber won't cut his ears off. It's the Great One that comes up with a clever solution to the problem. When the Great One gets to dog-sit, the two come up with clever ways to keep the dog amused.
Kids will enjoy the situations the Great One and the Pain get into. Anyone with siblings will be able to relate well to the characters. 'Soupy Saturdays with the Pain & the Great One' is a fun read-alone for 3rd and 4th graders and a good read-aloud for 1st and 2nd graders. Enjoy the fun with this brother and sister duo. I'm sure it won't be the last we hear of them!