My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother


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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 rotten redheaded older brothers—can really do. Patricia Polacco's boldly and exuberantly painted pictures tell a lively and warmhearted tale of comic one-upsmanship and brotherly love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689820366
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 38,758
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

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. Visit her at and follow her on Facebook.

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My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
aflanig1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great story about love, family and brother/sister relationships
MalissaLojszczyk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Trisha and her brother Richard are always fighting and trying to best each other. Richard always beats Tricia until the travelling fair comes to town. An accident at the fair shows Trisha that her brother loves her even though he always beats her in competitions.
megross on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a brother/sister relationship. The sister dislikes the brother and wishes she was better then him at at least one thing. She wishes on a falling star and gets her wish in an unusual way. At this point she realizes that her and her brother can stand each other.
VerrillC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This would be a great book to show voice, personal feelings, and how to write a good, descriptive personal narrative. It can also explain something the children can relate to. I love the ending, too. It was very touching.
rebecca401 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Richie, four years older than Trisha, can do EVERYTHING better than her. There's nothing he cannot do! One day she wishes that she can do something--anything--better than him. She's surprised how that wish comes true and how it isn't so important after that to be better than him.
kelasater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little girl cannot stand that her older brother can do things longer and better than she can. He constantly reminds her that he is four years older than her and it will always be that way. Even when she thinks that she can trick him, she can't. One day, he ends up saving her after she falls off a carousel. She realizes that even though he gets on her nerves, she still loves him very much.
ReplayGuy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Polacco's books give a glimpse of her life and her Rotten Redheaded brother makes you want to scream sometimes. Tricia can never seem to get one over on him and the sibling rivalry is a classic. However it has a wonderful ending that shows how much family can mean to you.
kdcoshatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a little girl who is always getting picked on by her older brother. She is always trying to find something that she can out do him in. She never can find anything until one day when she falls off a carosel at the carnival. Her brother had to carry her all the way home. This changed their relationship and from that day on she never tried to out do him. She knew he cared for her.
kikione on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Patricia has a sibling rivalry going on with her big brother Richard. No matter what, he is better than her at everything they do. Then one day she finds something she can do better than him and when it all goes wrong Richard comes to her side.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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I love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book.
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Amarillo-Lisa More than 1 year ago
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!
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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.