Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare

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Seems like Richie’s entire goal in life is to make Trisha’s impossible. Especially when he takes to teasing her about her beloved ballet class. Trisha knows how much work it takes to be good at ballet—much more than the stupid hockey Richie plays! So she challenges Richie to perform in her ballet recital, and Richie agrees, under one condition: Trisha has to join his hockey team for the big game!

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Overview

Seems like Richie’s entire goal in life is to make Trisha’s impossible. Especially when he takes to teasing her about her beloved ballet class. Trisha knows how much work it takes to be good at ballet—much more than the stupid hockey Richie plays! So she challenges Richie to perform in her ballet recital, and Richie agrees, under one condition: Trisha has to join his hockey team for the big game!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fans of Patricia Polacco's My Rotten Redheadded Older Brother will welcome back the sibling rivalry in Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare, where the two must move from Union City to Battle Creek, and Richie embarrasses Trisha from the very first day. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-When Trisha's family moves from Union City to Battle Creek, her older brother makes her life miserable. He embarrasses her at school with rude, gross behavior at every turn, and they fight over which is better, ice hockey or ballet. At last she triple dares him in front of his friends to perform in her ballet recital. He has to accept, but does so only on the condition that she play on his ice-hockey team in the upcoming game. She learns the hard way how brutal the sport is, but manages to make the winning goal. Then it is her brother's turn to live up to his part of the bargain. At first he is a laughingstock, but when the male lead hurts his ankle and cannot dance, Richie comes through, and he and Trisha declare a truce. To this day, he calls her Slapshot and she calls him Dance King. This book is vintage Polacco, with pleasing pencil-and-marker illustrations that highlight each amusing moment. The endpapers display photos of the author and her brother, embellished with funny sketches of the characters. The sibling relationship is realistically depicted with honesty, childlike humor, and dead-on dialogue. This story can be enjoyed independently or shared aloud; either way, youngsters will easily relate to the rivalry, the dares, and the resolution. An outstanding book from a popular author.-Eve Ottenberg Stone, Cooper Lane Elementary, Landover Hills, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this absolutely delightful follow-up to Polacco's My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (1994), younger sister Trisha opens by detailing Richie's total state of disgustingness. When he and his hockey buddies persist in making fun of her upcoming ballet recital, she "triple dog dares" him to join her. It's the ultimate dare. He accepts on the condition that she plays in one hockey game. She scores the winning goal and he nails the pas de deux. The mood of the story is infectiously joyous and Polacco's art captures all the nuances of sibling rivalry, the intensity of a hockey game and the (almost) grace of ballet. The endpapers feature more family photographs. And check out Trisha's poodle skirt with bobby sox and saddle shoes. A terrific tale to share. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399245312
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/18/2006
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 223,830
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco lives in Union City, Michigan.
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