Going, Going, Gone! with the Pain and the Great One

Going, Going, Gone! with the Pain and the Great One

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by Judy Blume, James Stevenson
     
 

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THE PAIN AND the Great One are going places! In these new stories the kids are on the go—the Pain needs a trip to the emergency room; the family goes to the mall and not everyone stays together; the kids visit a county fair and want to ride the Super Slide; and a beach outing includes a boogie board. Lots more action and adventure for the dynamic duo who

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THE PAIN AND the Great One are going places! In these new stories the kids are on the go—the Pain needs a trip to the emergency room; the family goes to the mall and not everyone stays together; the kids visit a county fair and want to ride the Super Slide; and a beach outing includes a boogie board. Lots more action and adventure for the dynamic duo who never stay still.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
"The Pain" is what third-grader Abigail calls her younger brother; "The Great One" is what first-grader Jake calls his older sister. Each thinks regarding the other one: "I don't get why Mom and Dad think she's [he's] so special. Sometimes I think they love her [him] more than me." In this third title of Judy Blume's chapter book series based on her earlier classic The Pain and the Great One, Blume once again shows her deep and abiding understanding of sibling dynamics. In alternating chapters narrated by the Pain and the Great One, the kids squabble during a beach outing, brave the Gravitron ride at the county fair, deal with a "furry booger" of a pussy willow lodged in the Pain's nose, get lost and found at the food court at the mall, and fly to visit Grandpa Pete in Florida. It is all simple stuff but Blume shows that the carefully observed relationship between two quarreling, jealous, mutually irritating—and loving—siblings can still make for a series of utterly satisfying stories, enhanced by Stevenson's abundance of energetic and expressive drawings. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Abigail (the Great One) and Jake (the Pain) are back. The theme for this book is traveling, whether it is as close as the local mall, showcasing the Pain's attempt to walk down the up escalator, or as far as the Florida Everglades, where the Great One tries to keep from being bitten by alligators by wearing her leather cowboy boots. An emergency room trip to get a pussy willow removed from the Pain's nose will make readers laugh out loud. The nine short stories beautifully capture the experiences of siblings who love one another but who don't always get along. Their long-suffering cat, Fluzzy, gets his own chapter at the end. Stevenson's drawings perfectly complement the tales. Blume has delivered another funny story collection about two memorable characters.-Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WA

Kirkus Reviews
First- and third-graders Jake and Abigail alternate as narrators to describe a series of trips: boogie boarding at the beach, riding the Gravitron at an amusement park, visiting the emergency room, losing each other in the mall and canoeing the Everglades. The focus is always on the siblings, although adults-extended family and in one case a babysitter-accompany them. A bonus episode is told by the cat, Fluzzy, whose response to their trips is completely convincing. Each story is simply told with quiet humor, sometimes more a vignette than a rounded narrative-but, as always, Blume gets right to the hearts of her characters, revealing their fears, their resentments and their affection for each other. Stevenson's grey-washed cartoon illustrations enliven the pages. Each chapter can stand on its own, making this particularly accessible for the struggling reader. This is the third of a projected quartet of chapter books, sure to be welcomed as enthusiastically as its predecessors were. (Fiction. 6-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385733076
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/12/2008
Series:
Pain and the Great One Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
410L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Judy Blume’s 27 books have won many awards. Judy Blume has received the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She divides her time between Key West, New York City, and Martha’s Vineyard.

James Stevenson has written and illustrated more than 100 books for children. In 40 years at the New Yorker, he has published more than 2,000 cartoons and covers, as well as numerous written pieces. His illustrated column, “Lost and Found New York,” frequently appears on the op-ed page of the New York Times.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York's Upper East Side, Key West, and Martha's Vineyard
Date of Birth:
February 12, 1938
Place of Birth:
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Education:
B.S. in education, New York University, 1961
Website:
http://www.judyblume.com/

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Going, Going, Gone! with the Pain and the Great One 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
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It was a great book i coudnt put it down when i got it.
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