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Cool Zone with the Pain and the Great One (The Pain and the Great One #3)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  294 ratings  ·  40 reviews
The perfect chapter book!

The Pain and the Great One hardly agree on anything. But deep down, they know they can count on each other, especially at school, where it often takes two to figure things out. Like when that first baby tooth falls out on the school bus. Or when an unwanted visitor on Bring Your Pet to School Day needs to be caught. Or worst of all, when a scary bu
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Yearling (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Jake, also known as The Pain to his big sister, has plenty to deal with at school. From the bully who steals his magnifying glass to the disastrous Bring Your Pet to School Day, navigating the first grade is no simple matter. Luckily his big sister, Abigail The Great One, has been through it all before. When she's not too busy being great, she lends a helping hand, and in the process, she finds that even third graders need a little help now and the
Cool a fun chapter book. Narrated by 'the Pain' (younger brother, Jake, first grade) and 'the Great One' (older sister, Abigail, third grade), Cool Zone with the Pain & the Great One is family-and-school drama at its best. Each chapter is a self-contained story or adventure. Episodic. Both brother and sister were enjoyable. All the chapters were enjoyable. But if I had to pick a favorite, I'd have to admit that my favorite chapter is the last chapter which is narrated by the family ...more
Chandler Cash
I enjoyed Cool Zone, I thought it was a clever story which did a great job talking about the relationships of siblings and how their dynamic, though it looks like its constantly changing, is always constant. I remember reading some of Judy Blume's stories when I was a child, so picking up this book and reading it reminded me of my childhood and being in elementary school.

For the classroom I think this would be an exactly story. Judy Blume does a great job of showing how as a child you think adu
Jun 06, 2010 Marcia rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: grade 1-2
Shelves: grades-1-3
I love Judy Blume. This collection of short stories featuring 1st grade Jake (the Pain) and his 3rd grade sister Abigail (the Great One) would be a perfect choice for a 1st grade read-aloud or 2nd grade independent reading. It is not a god choice for the MCBA program which is geared to students in grades 4-6. While the reading level is accessible, the content is too young and babyish. A fine book, but a disappointing choice for this year's MCBA list.
Pain (a first grader) and the Great One (fifth grader, I think) are brother and sister. Chapters alternate as each tell stories that always end in one or the other helping the other out. Well, the Great One's stories usually have her little brother being a tease. Very cute and humorous stories from legend Judy Blume.

Middle elementary school.
I did not like this one as much as the other Pain & Great One stories. I still haven't read the original. I think the tooth story was cute although I wonder if maybe I wouldn't give my kid money if they lost the tooth. I thought the chasing boys story was pretty funny, very elementary school.

I like how Abigail sticks up for her brother even though the bully is even older than her and I remember the angst of wanting to change my name. It is a cute book, but I think Friend/Fiend which is the f
I liked this chapter book a bit better than the Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One since it focused on stories about the kids in school. It dealt with a bully issue that might be a good segue way to bring up bullying with my kids. However, only my youngest is borderline in being too old for chapter books. The rest are way past chapter books and would feel as if they were adult enough to handle bullying.
Apr 04, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read longer 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.

I liked that the two children dealt with a bully situation in an appropriate way, by getting the help of teachers, especially when it was beyond their ability to discuss the sit
Jake is known by his name to everyone except his older sister, Abibgail. She calls him the pain. Jake has his own name for Abigail as well: the great one. These siblings have a classic case of sibling rivalry and each are convinced that his parents loves the other more than him. In Cool Zone we see more of the family's adventures narrated in turn by the pain and the great one. School life and home life play prominently in the first and third graders lives. Each chapter is a different story that ...more
Robin Cocheu
Good book for grades 3-5. Narrated with differing points of view by Jacob (the Pain) a first grader and his 3rd grade sister, Abigal. Each chapter is a self contained story or adventure with something to be learned. This particular Judy Bloom novel deals with the siblings as they each navigate life at school. An entertaining read to self book.
Ok so after the last kids series bust I was so hoping this would work out.

Judy Blume didn't disappoint. We enjoyed reading this story and I didn't have to do any editing while reading. Each chapter was different, one story by the Great one (the older sister) then one by the Pain (the younger brother). There is the standard brother and sister love/hate relationship but there are also good moments when they both stand up for each other.

It reminded me of all the Judy Blume books I loved as a kid so
Jul 17, 2008 Erinn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: First - Third
Recommended to Erinn by: Well known author
Shelves: chapter-books
This is a cute realistic fiction book written by Judy Blume. "The Great One," also known as Abigail, is a third grade student who thinks that she has an annoying brother. "The Pain," also known as Jake, is a first grader who thinks that he has a sister that is a mind reader. It is a cute tale about how siblings can understand as well as misunderstand each other.

I plan on reading this story aloud during my realistic fiction unit. During that time, I will discuss connections that can be made thro
Jessica McIntyre
This is the third of a series about Jacob the pain and Abigail the great one. As the two go back and forth with telling short stories throughout the book, they realize that is isn’t always bad to have each other around. Sometimes it is even very helpful like when they are being called names, loosing teeth and other scary changes. Who knows, maybe they will actually get along. This would be helpful to many young students who are sometimes scared at school to show them that having a friend or sibl ...more
Listened to the audio version in the car over the weekend with my 10 yr old niece. We both thought it was a hoot especially since she is an older sister to a younger brother and could totally relate. I thought it was just as funny and charming as the Clementine stories, Moxy Maxwell, Ramona (though she is my #1 favorite), etc.
Maya Madhavan
Jake and Abigail are brother and sister. Jake lost three teeth and he has one that is really loose. Abigail is the Great One and Jake is the Pain. I liked it because it was funny. In one chapter Abigail changed her name to Violet Rose because she didn't feel like an Abigail. They have a cat named Fluzzy.
Brother-sister combo of the Pain/Great One are believeable and funny through these short stories. Kids can relate to the situations--lost tooth, bully trouble--and the loyalty of the siblings shines through. I think this is a winner, and it will attract reluctant readers.
Reading this one with the kiddos. Q loved Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and he requested more Judy Blume. The kids really liked it -- little brother tells one chapter, big sister tells the next. Enough illustrations to keep younger children interested.
Another good one for my little boys. My kids LOVED the chapter about a bully at school. It's important for them to read stories about everyday things they might deal with at school, to see how the characters react, etc.
Another fun, mapcap story of the Pain (Jake) and the Great One (Abigail). Even though they always seem to be at odds with one another, when it comes down to love and loyalty, Jake and Abigail are steadfast.
The main reason why I didn't like this book was because it was at a far lower reading level then I was at when I had to read it for school. I think younger kids would enjoy it, though.
How can you not win with Judy Blume? The antics of these two siblings are very endearing. Even though they frustrate each other to no end, they understand family loyalty. Darling.
Amy Brown
Sequel to Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One. Each chapter alternates between the Pain and the Great One. Good sibling story. One chapter deals with bullying.
Melanie!! :)
I thought that this was a great book. It was kind of short but fun. I would say this is more of a book for young readers. I reccomend it to anyone who likes fun books.
My neighbor gave me this to read at her house when I had nothing to do...for kids my age I would not recommend it but for younger elementary schoolers I would.
Yawn. I found this one preachy and cutesy. Sometimes the easier MCBA books are still pitched to the interest level of 4th-6th graders. Not this one.
this book was 1 of the book that taught me how to read it was o.k at the time but i'm older now and looking back it sucked.
Would be good for readers who like the Ramona stories or the Ivy and Bean books. Brother and sister school story.
It's hard to remember these books because I've read them so long ago, but i still love Judy Blume!!! :)
Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge
The Pain's magnifying glass gets stolen and the Great One gets it back. I. L.
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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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