The First Rule of Little Brothers

The First Rule of Little Brothers

by Jill Davis, Sarah McMenemy
     
 

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HE WANTS TO FOLLOWyou, play with you, act like you, do what you do, and be wherever you are. It’s like he’s trying to become you! Hey, wait—is that the plan?

If they’re big, if they’re little, if they’re in the middle, all siblings will recognize the dynamics of this affectionate silly-smart take on the joys, trials, and

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HE WANTS TO FOLLOWyou, play with you, act like you, do what you do, and be wherever you are. It’s like he’s trying to become you! Hey, wait—is that the plan?

If they’re big, if they’re little, if they’re in the middle, all siblings will recognize the dynamics of this affectionate silly-smart take on the joys, trials, and surprises of being linked to someone who will share their growing up like no one else. Parents will appreciate how the “rule” is conveyed through humor and silly sibling shenanigans in this warmhearted and lively tale. A great book for families to share.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
McMenemy's (Everybody Bonjours!) mixed-media vignettes of brotherly loathe exude her customary élan; the renderings bring to mind the playful palettes and nimble shapes of Eisenhower-era graphic design. Unfortunately, her pictures are bogged down by a pedantic story. It first seeks to assuage by acknowledging how tough life as the top banana to a "Bro-Zilla" can be. "I'd say: 'I am going to the bathroom. By myself!' " recalls the narrator, an older brother. "And he'd say: 'Me too!' Aghhhh!" But while individual vignettes have their mild charms, they're mostly standard issue. Older siblings will recognize many of these: baby brother topples a building-block skyscraper, beheads a model dinosaur, slips his hand into his brother's. But the tone stays so even that the events blur into one another. Well before Davis (executive editor at Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers) delivers the lesson—that little brothers copy big brothers as a way of expressing undying admiration—readers may drift off. Ages 5–8.
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Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
I'm not sure who would read this book. It has no plot to speak of, its characters are nondescript—BUT: parents who need guidelines for young children who will be big sisters or brothers also need to know that younger siblings almost always idolize the older children and to try to do absolutely everything they do. Those of us who were only children really didn't understand any of this. When our younger children were born most of us probably reacted as I did, with amusement tinged with horror, when our older ones said casually, "send him back." I would have liked this book; I think I would have found it very useful if I had read it before having a second child. On reading it now, I find myself wondering if it is really for children. Perhaps a father (or mother, or a baby-sitter) could read it to a child sitting on his/her lap, and could help that child make sense of it. But the child would have to be older than 2 1/2 or so, and the new baby should probably have already arrived—before that, I think that "a baby" is really a concept that the older sibling can't grasp. Handled properly, this book would be terrific. Recommended, with limitations. Reviewer: Judy Silverman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375840463
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/11/2008
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
582,919
Product dimensions:
10.36(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Jill Davis lives in New York City and is a children’s book writer and editor. Growing up, she was the youngest sibling in her family and is now the mother of two young sons.

Sarah McMenemy grew up with both a big and little brother. She made her Knopf debut with the très charmante Everybody Bonjours!, by Leslie Kimmelman. Sarah and her family live in London, England.

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