My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother: with audio recording [NOOK Book]

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There's nothing worse than a rotten redheaded older brother who can do everything you can do better! Patricia's brother Richard could run the fastest, climb the highest, and spit the farthest and still smile his extra-rotten, greeny-toothed, weasel-eyed grin.

But when little Patricia wishes on a shooting star that she could do something -- anything -- to show him up, she finds out just what wishes -- and ...
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Overview

There's nothing worse than a rotten redheaded older brother who can do everything you can do better! Patricia's brother Richard could run the fastest, climb the highest, and spit the farthest and still smile his extra-rotten, greeny-toothed, weasel-eyed grin.

But when little Patricia wishes on a shooting star that she could do something -- anything -- to show him up, she finds out just what wishes -- and rotten redheaded older brothers -- can really do.

After losing running, climbing, throwing, and burping competitions to her obnoxious older brother, a young girl makes a wish on a falling star.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Younger siblings, take heart: Polacco's ( Rechenka's Eggs ; Chicken Sunday ) chipper new picture book offers solace to anyone encumbered with a bratty big brother. Patricia is continually aggravated by her older brother, who has ``orange hair that was like wire; he was covered in freckles and looked like a weasel with glasses.'' But worst of all, he can do most anything better than his sister and is fond of saying, ``I'm four years older than you . . . . Always have been and always will be.'' After several unsuccessful tries, Patricia's most daring attempt to best her brother leads her to see him in a new light. Polacco's flair for storytelling shines in this tale filled to the brim with a family's anecdotes. The text rings true with the authentic battling words of childhood spats. Breezy, zestfully hued marking-pen-and-pencil artwork affords Polacco's characters--familiar figures from some of the author/artist's other titles--an almostirrepressible energy. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A girl burdened with a bratty big brother tries to do something, anything, better than he can. "The text rings true with the authentic battling words of childhood spats," said PW. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Polacco remembers an incident from her childhood that involved her relationship with her brother. Always feeling like an also ran, Patricia stays on a merry-go-round longer than he does, but eventually falls off. Injured in the fall, her brother not only carries her home, but he runs to fetch the doctor. This warm-hearted story of family relationships will resound with siblings. An ALA Notable Children's Book, A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
The story is based on the author's remembrances of her brother, Richie, who could run faster, throw farther and get dirtier than anyone else. Trisha can't out best him at anything until the night that she wishes on a falling star. Trisha learns about the power of wishes and Richie proves that he's more than a bragging brother. The poses and facial expressions are so child-like that they highlight the universality of this story of relationships. The end papers are covered with photos of Trisha and Richie from their family album.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Patricia Polacco's laugh-out-loud autobiographical tale (S & S, 1994) about sibling rivalry offers an intimate glimpse into the author's experiences growing up on a small farm in Union City, Michigan, during the 1940s. The tale begins with Polacco introducing her beloved babushka, better know as Bubbie, who fans will recognize from her other books. Though young Tricia is in awe of her Bubbie's poetic ability to point out the subtle wonders of life, she is at a loss as to how her loving Hungarian grandmother can tolerate her annoying older brother Richard who can do everything better. So when the traveling carnival comes to town, Trisha vows to finally outdo Richard by riding the carousel longer. Their childish arguments and competition continue throughout the story, until Tricia eventually faints from riding the carousel a bit too long. When Richard carries her home and runs to fetch the doctor, Tricia begins to see her brother in a new light. Through humorous situations and dialogue, listeners discover that a strong bond exists beneath the siblings' endless bickering. Polacco reads slowly in an animated tone, but does not give each character a unique voice. Since the story is told from the point of view of a young girl, perhaps a younger narrator would have been a better choice. Still, this is a very enjoyable tale about the relationship between siblings.—Christine Johanson, Mahopac Central School District, NY
Mary Harris Veeder
Polacco's story of her childhood rivalry with her brother Richard harks back to growing up with grandparents in Union City, Michigan, and catches competition at gut level. Her grandmother, Bubbie, whom readers will recognize from other Polacco books, doesn't seem to know how rotten Richard is. Polacco conveys the passionate intensity of conflict--trying to pick more berries, eat more rhubarb, and stay on the merry-go-round longer--as well as the abiding love beneath it. The figures of the children are intense and full of motion, and the facial expressions are beautifully accomplished. Surrounding it all are Babushka-clad Bubbie's comforting love and warm hugs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442443303
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Edition description: No Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 168,621
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author

Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco has written and illustrated many highly acclaimed books, including Some Birthday, an IRA/CBC Children's Choice book and a Parents' Choice Award winner. Among other honors she has received are the International Reading Association Award for Rechenka's Eggs, the Sydney Taylor Book Award for The Keeping Quilt, and the Children's Literature and Social Responsibility Award for the overall excellence of her work. She lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and two children.
Patricia Polacco belongs to a family of storytellers, poets, farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and creator of many beloved children’s books, including The Keeping Quilt, The Blessing Cup, Fiona’s Lace, The Trees of the Dancing Goats, Babushka’s Doll, and My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother. She lives in Union City, Michigan.
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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Tremendous read!

    This is a wonderful book about typical sibling rivalry paired with the love between a brother and sister. Patricia Polacco once again uses her own childhood to create a funny, touching, easy-to-relate-to story. I read it to my classes from 3rd to 5th grades and all enjoyed it! You will too!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2009

    Sibling rivalry at its best! Lots of fun, underscored with love.

    This story will be appreciated by anyone who has had an older brother or younger sister. The teasing and taunting challenges that go on between the two characters are so typical. As the younger sister, Tricia never seems to measure up. But, when all is said and done, her big brother Richie, watches out for her and his true feelings of affection shine through. Makes a great read aloud for ages 7 and up.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    I hate my brother

    I know I said before that he and I have been through a lot.yea.but he's a huge jerk.especially to me.great book though

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    This book

    I love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    My Redheaded Olrder Brother

    This book inspires me because when my mom was pregnant I
    wanted it to be a girl because I didn't want to share my toys but it turn out to be a boy.
    So when my redheaded little brother Dorian tured 1 year old he started to be a little wesle and I started to hate him.
    Well as long as he is my little redheaded little brother i'll still love him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Perfect

    This is a really good book.

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