Younger Brother's Survival Guide
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Younger Brother's Survival Guide

by Lisa Kopelke
     
 

IT'S NOT EASY HAVING AN OLDER SISTER.

Matt's sister calls him a pain. Matt's parents call them both wild animals. Matt calls it SURVIVING. That's why he wrote The Younger Brother's Survival Guide.

Matt shares his tips on how to avoid the infamous Mystery Shake and why you shouldn't run around the house in your underwear, and gives general

Overview

IT'S NOT EASY HAVING AN OLDER SISTER.

Matt's sister calls him a pain. Matt's parents call them both wild animals. Matt calls it SURVIVING. That's why he wrote The Younger Brother's Survival Guide.

Matt shares his tips on how to avoid the infamous Mystery Shake and why you shouldn't run around the house in your underwear, and gives general pointers on coping with an older sibling. Before long, you two will get along great!

Just remember not to show this book to her. . . .

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Kopelke has a firm grasp on the situational dramas that unfold in childhood and their potential for humor. Here, quirky caricatures depict two redheaded siblings with lopsided smirks who spend their days planning or escaping from one another's torment while the omniscient cat reacts. (The pet's sympathies lie with the older child.) Helpful tips from this younger brother's guidebook include: secretly switch glasses after your sister makes you a "Mystery Shake," don't follow her suggestion to get the candy out of your nose with bubble gum, and don't run around in underwear in case one is locked outside. The advice is presented as brief sentences on ripped notepaper against highly textured, energetic, acrylic and mixed-media scenes. Although he is younger, this protagonist is clearly not defenseless. Readers in any birth-order slot will take heart at Kopelke's depiction of familial life. Pair this story with David Pelham's Sam's Sandwich (Dutton, 1991) to offer a look at a sister on the receiving end.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A little brother dispenses general principles and admonitory advice for getting along-or at least even-with a big sister. From switching glasses when she offers a funny-tasting "Mystery Shake" to thinking twice about running outside wearing only underwear, it all has a distinct flavor of actual family history-reinforced by Kopelke's incorporation of old snapshots into one of her big, simply composed cartoon scenes. Patricia Polacco's My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother (1999) may be stronger on cozy family feeling, but along with such intriguing suggestions as the possibility of blowing bubblegum bubbles out one's nose, this does portray a rambunctious togetherness that emphasizes the adventure of a sibling relationship over its traumas. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689862496
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
03/07/2006
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
565,380
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lisa Kopelke is the author and illustrator of Excuse Me!; Tissue, Please!; and The Younger Brother's Survival Guide. She lives with her family in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit her at www.lisakopelke.com.

Lisa Kopelke is the author and illustrator of Excuse Me!; Tissue, Please!; and The Younger Brother's Survival Guide. She lives with her family in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit her at www.lisakopelke.com.

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