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Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One (The Pain and the Great One #2)

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My sister's name is Abigail. I call her The Great One because she thinks she's so great. Who cares if she's in third grade and I'm just in first?
My brother's name is Jacob Edward, but everyone calls him Jake. Everyone but me. I call him The Pain because that's what he is. He's a first-grade pain. I'll always know exactly what he's thinki
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Published August 28th 2007 by Listening Library
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Matthew Hunter
Double meh. I wish I'd done more research on this one before choosing it for a read along with Siggy. I guess there's merit to reading a realistic depiction of the ways brothers and sisters can annoy the heck out of one another. But good lord! Their sarcastic nicknames for each other and the repeated belittling of the other as stupid, a liar, or chicken gets old quick. Sure, siblings sometimes make each other miserable, but in no way do I want Siggy to view mean behavior as normal or okay. It's ...more
Feb 15, 2017 B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of four books in a series about Jake, (6), and Abigail, (8), and their lives in a happy, solid family and include Fluzzy, the cat. The seven stories in this book talk about bike riding, team sports, sleepovers, and pet sitting an old dog. Very enjoyable.
Jan 28, 2017 Shelby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a very quick book to read so i read this one it was really wierd i dont recommend this one highly unless you are 7 or younger
Maximilian Lee
Jan 21, 2017 Maximilian Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because I like partys. I also liked this book because I like dogs.
Oct 14, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
An enjoyable read and a good book for girls and boys.
Kaitlin Garrison
Blume, J. (2007). Soupy Saturdays with the pain and the great one. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.

Having a younger sibling can be tough--almost unbearable if you ask eight-year old Abigail who has nicknamed her six-year old little brother “The Pain”. This dual vantage narrative accurately and comically depicts the struggles siblings face when it comes to trying to live with another sibling, let alone understand the opposite sex! Abigail (The Great One) and Jake (The Pain) face many battles agains
Jul 19, 2015 CharleyAnne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
I loved this book! I realized it was part of a series after I read this one, so I will have to go back and read the others in order. This novel is so good! I loved how the book switched back and forth between viewpoints. This is a classic sibling story; there are two main characters in this book, the Pain is Jake, and the Great One is Abigail. The two characters are brother and sister. They tell about the events of their daily lives in a humorous way. One of the main conflicts in this story is t ...more
Bob Redmond
Oct 27, 2008 Bob Redmond rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Picked this up at a book convention and thought I'd read it before giving it to my niece. At 100 pages, illustrated, it's thin in size and also in impact: there are a few sketches of family life between a 9 year old girl "The Great One" and her younger brother "The Pain." The stories are cute, but the characters demand more. It's as if your friend told you an anecdote or two about their sister's kid who was learning to ride a bike. Or the time their nephew wore earmuffs to the barber because he ...more
"The Pain," is actually Jake, a first grader. His sister, Abigail, a third grader, calls Jake "The Pain." Jake has his own name for Abigail: "The Great One." Jake and Abigail do not get along and both think that the other is their parents' favorite--and they have reasons to back that up. The two children argue and fight, bicker and get in each others' way. A follow-up to the picture book "The Pain and the Great One," this book is divided into chapters, with one child narrating each chapter so th ...more
May 07, 2012 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First Judy Blume book I can't say I enjoyed. I read this with Aidan, thinking it would be akin to the Fudge series. While there were similarities, I found the similarities sat more in the less appealing aspects of the book. I never saw the siblings display any true warmth towards each other - just bickering and competition (something we are trying to downplay in our house). I was also a bit peeved at the too-frequent use of insults - I grew more than tired of hearing one call the other "stupid." ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is the best book in the series. I have fallen in love with the characters in the book. They can really show how siblings argue and don't get along, but when it really comes to needing a friend, siblings will always be there. "The Great One" is the older sister who in the eyes of her brother, "The Pain" can do no wrong. "The Pain" believes that the "Great One" gets to do whatever she wants because she is so wonderful in the eyes of their parents. Each chapter is from a different poin ...more
Amy Wadsworth
This book was a fun exploration of the relationship between a sister and brother. Blume also plays with point of view, writing some chapters from the point of view of the sister (The Great One) and some from the little brother (The Pain). The moments between them are realistic, including the frustration and tenderness siblings feel toward one another. This book contains lots of teasing, chasing, spying, and disappointment, but it ultimately contains love. On the down side, it is episodic. It fee ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read chapter books
This is a funny and sweet story about sibling relationships at the ages of 6 and 8. That's perfect for our girls, and although the dynamic is different in our house (with two girls instead of a girl and a boy), the love, the fights, the encouragements and the competitiveness are still very much the same in many respects.

We really enjoyed reading this book together and will look for more books in this series. I loved reading Judy Blume's stories when I was a child and I am thrilled to be able to
Oct 04, 2007 Meagan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "The Pain and the Great One"
This book will be most appealing to fans of Judy Blume's picture book featuring the same characters. The book is composed of chapters written from either "The Pain's" point of view, or "The Great One's." These siblings represent most brother/sister relationships when we're young: they fight, they argue, they throw things, they're jealous of each other, and occasionally they help each other out. Each story can stand alone, and they're short enough for beginning readers or to be read aloud. The fu ...more
Jan 28, 2014 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
I recall loving Judy Blume stories when I was younger. Rereading them now, not so much. The stories involving the Pain and the Great One would appeal to kids that have an older or younger sibling. As a middle child, I had both. There were several little incidents that brought back what I went through in my childhood. However, there wasn't an awe-inspiring situation in this book that is pushing me to recommend this to my children as a must read. If it is available on audiobook, I may pick it up t ...more
Mar 23, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun book written in dueling 1st person narratives between a brother (known as The Pain by his sister) and a sister (known as The Great One by her brother). Each chapter is told by The Pain or The Great One detailing the usual sibling rivalry and underlying love and care for each other. The cardboard green and purple polka dot ears The Great One makes for The Pain is an example of how siblings like to make fun of and yet care for each other. The chapters are long for this genre of book (transit ...more
Oct 15, 2007 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Buku sederhana yang lucu. Ceritanya tentang kakak-beradik cewek-cowok yang masing-masing ngerasa kalo orang tua mereka lebih sayang sama adik/kakaknya. The Pain itu julukan si kakak cewek untuk adik laki-lakinya, dan The Great One julukan si adik untuk kakak ceweknya. Masing-masing bercerita tentang masalah mereka dari sudut pandang masing-masing. Menyenangkan banget untuk dibaca anak-anak yang baru mulai belajar baca novel, karena ringan, dan banyak ilustrasi dalamnya.
Jacqueline Lang
This book was so good! Judy Blume always has this way of telling a story from different points of view (sometimes from the Pain's and sometimes from the Great One's) and always making it hilarious. The stories are really funny and show the dynamics of a family; most importantly that between a brother and a sister. This book shows that even though they often fight and get very annoyed with one another, no matter what your sibling will always be your friend and will always be there for you.
Ashley Allen
This book could be used to talk about the relationships that a child has with their sibling, or if they do not have a sibling, a close friend. It could be used to compare and contrast nice things versus the mean things that The Pain and The Great One have toward each other.Then as a teacher the class could talk about the benefits of working together with your brother/sister/friend and how it helps build relationships with each other.
Shelbi Bishop
Dec 07, 2011 Shelbi Bishop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a brother (The Pain) and the sister (The Great One). This book shows a brother-sister relationship that includes teasing, chasing, spying, and disappointment. But, overall, it contains love.

You could use this book to talk to students about relationships with their siblings. You could explain to students that it is important to love your brother or sister, whether you like them or not.
After reading In The Unlikely Event I decided to go back and read any Judy Blume that I could not recall. I don't remember ever reading this as a child but I find them pretty adorable as a grown up. I think my older sister and I had a pretty comparable relationship. Once upon a time I thought she was pretty great and she thought I was a pain. Of course puberty changed all that but I liked these stories. Not bad for an early elementary read.
Listening to this audio book, I kept thinking that was a younger version of "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing." The story has the sibling rivalry aspect of that book, but it doesn't necessarily deal with some of the more mature subject matter of the book.

The story is told in alternating chapters by the older sister and younger brother in the family. The title comes from the fact that each incident centers around a weekend event for the two characters. It's light, amusing fun.
These are perfect little stories for 4-8 year olds. Blume describes normal things kids go through in an entertaining way: birthday parties, haircuts, soccer teams, sibling rivalry, etc. My 5 and 6 year old boys both loved listening to this. (Jun 2011)

** Listened to this again and all 4 of my kids loved it. The car was so quiet when we put this on, even my 4 year old seemed to be listening and enjoying it. (Jul 2015)**
Emily Goodin
I liked all of the stories that were rolled up into this book! There is a lot of sibling rivalry, which students can definitely relate to! It is an easy read and would be appropriate for 2nd and 3rd grade. It has a lot of adventures and conflicts that siblings often face. I think it would be good to have in a classroom!
Shelly Nicholson
I just read this book to my 2nd and 6th grader as a bed time story. They both loved it. Realistic sibling rivalry. Sibling, close to home situations. Our favorite chapter was The Great One not being able to ride a bike in third grade. "What third grader can't ride a bike?" --the Pain. Anybody with brothers or sisters or kids should read Judy Blume's funny book.
I really like almost all of this book. The one thing I don't like is when Abigail lies to her friends and calls it pretending, and her mother goes along with it!

Jake calls her on it though, and I was appreciative of that. The first grader knows the truth!

Abigail is learning to ride a bike but is incredibly scared. Does she make it? Of course!
Here is a new series from Judy Blume aimed at early chapter book readers. It's called Pain and the Great One. The Pain is the younger brother and the Great One is the older sister. They trade off as the main character in each chapter. Entertaining read for both boys and girls.
Jen Chenault
Feb 12, 2009 Jen Chenault rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls age 6-11
I have read all the Judy Blume books to my daughter and this one is much like Super Fudge etc. More timely than those are now but Judy Blume still keeps the kids coming back for more. My daughter loves these books!
Patricia Puddle
Jan 13, 2011 Patricia Puddle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is great for beginner readers. I'm sure little kids would relate to the brother and sister rivalry. It was well written and great dialogue. I thought the illustrations were wonderful, and that's what attracted me to the book in the first place, plus I really liked the writing.
Susan  Person
Cute stories about a know-it-all big sister/annoying-little- brother duo. Blume is taking the original characters she created in 1984 and writing a series of short chapter books about them. These will be great for fans of Junie B or Ramona the Pest.
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Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Blubber; Just as Long as We're Together; and the five book series about the irrepressible Fu ...more
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