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An eight-year-old girl, "The Great One," and her six-year-old brother, "The Pain," state their cases about each other and who is best loved by their parents

An IRA-CBC Children's Choice.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 1st 1985 by Dragonfly Books (first published 1974)
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Somehow this is one of the Judy Blume books that escaped me growing up. I suppose because once she became my favorite author, I was more interested in the "older girl" books than I would have been in some kiddie book.

This book was actually very cute. It is a story of sibling rivalry told from both perspectives. Big sister (The Great One) thinks little brother (The Pain) gets away with everything and is coddled by mom and dad. Lil brother thinks big sis is the favorite cause she's smart and can d
Dawn Little
Judy Blume was a fixture in my childhood, but somehow this book slipped through my radar. Had I seen it when I was a kid, I would have seen my brother and me in it! And I still do! This is a great book to use as a mentor text when taking sides on an issue. It is also a great mentor text for making connections -- because unless you are an only child, we all have stories of sibling rivalry from when we were younger.
Muse Here
Mar 19, 2012 Muse Here rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids
I like that this book had perspective from both point of views. I did not, however like the parenting mentioned throughout the book. Clearly the parents have NOT read "Siblings Without Rivalry" by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish. Anyone who has more than one child, should definitely read this book. The parents mentioned in this book, I think are fairly typical. They are (unbeknownst to them) pitting their children against each other. The parents DO show favoritism, to each of the kids in the bo ...more
Debbie Reiber
Feb 17, 2013 Debbie Reiber rated it it was amazing

The Pain and The Great One by Judy Blume is a contemporary realistic fiction book. The age group this book is intended for is primary to intermediate. There are really two stories in one; the sister tells how she sees her brother and how her parents love him more, and the brother tells how he sees his sister and how his parents love her more.
I thought this book was definitely a book that most children could relate to when it comes to family. The older sibling sees the younger sibling as a pain
Jul 04, 2008 Connie rated it really liked it
One of the great gifts of Judy Blume is that she doesn't lie to kids. Her books are refreshingly - and sometimes painfully - honest. As a kid, I sure appreciated it. Too many books lie, because they think children can't hear the truth. They ignore the fact that children already *know* the truth many times.

The truth in this book is that sometimes, having a brother or sister just sucks. The lie that most people would try to give is the moral that you really, deep down have to love your sibling aft
The Pain and the Great One is a story that most children can relate to. It’s about Jake (The Pain) and Abigail (The Great One) who are siblings. Their problem is that they are always arguing about everything. However, they come to realise when serious problems arise, such as bullying, they are both there for each other. I enjoyed the book greatly, as I felt I could relate to it, having siblings myself. The different chapters contained different themes, such as ‘Bruno’s ear’ and ‘The Breaf-kast C ...more
Shira Burns
Nov 27, 2010 Shira Burns rated it really liked it
The joys of sisterhood when you have younger brother who absolutely gets on your nerves. In this story the main character has named her younger brother The Pain because he gets away with all types of things that mom and dad would not let her get away with and he is destructive. On the other end the younger brother names his sister The Great One because mom and dad believes that she is really smart and she gets to be responsible for things around the house. Many young readers with siblings will b ...more
Dec 06, 2014 Jenna rated it liked it
Its a really funny book. Dont get your hopes up they don't get along at the end. I say agin its a funny book.
Brandon Hardesty
Apr 29, 2016 Brandon Hardesty rated it it was amazing
"The Pain and the Great One" is a contemporary realistic fiction picture book for children ages 5 and up. It's written by Judy Blume, who's very well known for her work in contemporary realistic fiction. It won an IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award, as well as a Young Readers Choice Award.

The book is told from two different perspectives: a young brother (The Pain) and his older, pre-teen sister (The Great One). Each sibling narrates, in detail, their annoyance with the other sibling.

This is a stor
Lindsay Fischer
Sep 21, 2014 Lindsay Fischer rated it it was amazing
This timeless tale explores children's views of parental favoritism. The book is about the Pain, a six year old boy, and the Great One, an eight year old girl. The story is split into two sections: the Great One's point of view and the Pain's point of view. The Great One cannot stand her little brother. She hates that he get's away with making a mess in the bathroom when he takes a bath and that the cat sleeps on his bed instead of hers even though she feeds it. She wants time alone without him ...more
Bao Chau
i would suggest this book to any family have 2 kids, one is boy and the other is girl. this book have 2 part. one is the the pain and the other is the good. the pain is talking about the little boy. His sister talked about he long he take to get ready every morning. even thought he not finish his work but the little still get his deserve. the other section, the little boy talk about how much his parent love his sister and he doesn't know why it like that. Judy writing by using the real issue tha ...more
Natalie O'neill
Jan 29, 2014 Natalie O'neill rated it really liked it
The Pain and the Great One is about a brother and a sister who both complain about each other all of the time. This book is divided into two parts – one for the sister to rant about her brother, the pain, and one for the brother to rant about his sister, the great one. In each section, they complain about everything the other one does. At the end of the great one’s views, her parents allow her to stay up later because she is older than the pain. She is excited at first, but then realizes that no ...more
Jan 13, 2011 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Could Judy Blume have known my little brother and I any better?! He was the pain and I suppose I was the great one. The way the girl described her brother and the preferential treatment was exactly how I felt as a kid towards him. So I know when the little brother was doing the same that it must be how my brother felt about me. Interesting! Blume did a great job with showing both sides!
Jennifer Lara
Feb 01, 2016 Jennifer Lara rated it it was amazing
I think that this book is trying to tell how they both feel about each other.My opinion is that they may have different feeling about each other because they are siblings.I will recommend this book who has similar feelings like the people in the book.
Mar 21, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it
My students always enjoy this book. I read it to illustrate point of view. The kids have many connections to the stories of these contentious but lovable siblings.
Jun 07, 2013 Max rated it really liked it
It was good though if you don't know my favorite character think harder I'm a boy who else is a boy in the story???
Jul 20, 2015 idil rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
i also read this 2 my sis v cute reccomend 10/10
RLL52014_Kayla Pappas
Nov 02, 2014 RLL52014_Kayla Pappas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. It reminds me of the family dynamic between my brother and I. I read this to my students and they loved it. In fact, we had read the book Clementine by Sara Pennypacker earlier that year and the students made a text-to-text connection without even knowing what a text-to-text connection was! My kindergarten students were able to compare the book, The Pain and the Great One to Clementine and the fact that Clementine always wondered why he ...more
Sep 03, 2015 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I feel like it's cheating to claim this is a book for 2015 but indeed it is and I did read it.

This is actually written like a free verse poem with some darling illustrations that tell the story of the The Pain (little brother) and the Great One (big sister). It's super short and would be great for emerging readers or for reluctant or poor older readers because while short and simple, the subject matter isn't too "babyish".

This is the tenth Judy Blume title I've read this year with 13 to go.
Desmond Yeo
Apr 22, 2015 Desmond Yeo rated it really liked it
A light-hearted and refreshing read from the perspective of The Great One (aka the sister)and The Pain (aka the brother), vying with one another to try to get more attention from their parents. Both find each other an eye sore, like all siblings do, at a certain stage in life. One thing will never change though: parents' love for their children will never diminish.
Jun 16, 2007 Janie rated it it was amazing
My parents went to Japan for ten day during the summer that I turned six. My grandparents came to stay with my brother (who was three years old) and I while our parents were away. For each of the ten days that they would be gone, my mother left a little present for my brother and I. All ten of the presents were in her top dresser drawer. Each afternoon our grandma would let us choose one of the presents to open. One of the gifts was this book. The Pain and the Great One. My mother gave it to us ...more
Oct 11, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We recently read Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One and liked it and saw that this was a picture book about the brother and sister. We just had to read it. I love that the children are 6 and 8 and in first and third grade. That's exactly where our girls are in age and school, so they can really relate to these two characters (even if one of them is a boy.)

This is a fun book about siblings. Each has a perspective on life in the family and each one believes that Mom and Dad love the
Traci Bold
Jun 02, 2016 Traci Bold rated it really liked it
Judy Blume has long been a favorite childhood author of mine and I am dumbfounded that I never read this one until now.
Judy nailed it with this book about how siblings feel about each other quite often.
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

#siblings #PB

Ms Threlkeld
Sep 21, 2014 Ms Threlkeld rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book grew on me as I read it, perhaps because I have an older brother and understand how differently each of us affects our family dynamic. This would be a great book for talking to kids about different perspectives.
Teresa Gartland
This picture book is titled The pain and the Great One. It is a realistic fiction book that could be used with young children up until about third or fourth grade even. This is a story about a younger brother (The Pain) and an older sister (The Great One). This book is split up into two sections, one from the bothers side and one from the sister’s side. They deal with issues such as jealousy and competition. This story can be used to show that sibling rivalry is a common issue and most siblings ...more
Ruqayya Jarad
Jan 28, 2015 Ruqayya Jarad rated it really liked it
Shelves: eled-412
This book is about relationships between siblings and each one has different perspectives without getting the idea that parents love their kids equally. The language is very simple, it is good for young kids .
May 22, 2015 Mrs.Wright rated it liked it
Incredibly quick read, written in short verse. Great possibilities for student writing - a good model for showing different perspectives.
Jun 25, 2009 Cana rated it it was amazing
Mommy says: What a great book! But when does Judy Blume ever disappoint? This is the same story (Mom and Dad love the other sibling better) told from two different perspectives (the big sister and the little brother). It was spot on for the rivalry that goes on in our house. And it was plenty fun to sit there after the book discussing with both kids who the parents in the book loved more. They both got it right away that the mom and dad loved their kids equally, and they made the jump from the b ...more
Mar 30, 2011 Misty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: l-arts-help
What a cute book! This is a book that any brother and sister could relate to. Although this is a fun read-aloud, it is also a great book for teaching about point of view. This story is first told from the sister's point of view about her brother (the pain), and the second part of the book is told from the brother's point of view about his sister (the great one). This format is excellent for showing students that someone's point of view is their opinion or thoughts about a topic. I have not seen ...more
Angela Moorer
Apr 03, 2011 Angela Moorer added it
Shelves: families
This book is simply hilarious. It is well written and will have students up out of their seat agreeing that siblings are truly a pain! I couldnt contain my students as I read each page and asked them to make text to self connections. Each of them had a story about how their sibling really gets on their nerve! This story is split into two parts, children can exploreJudy Bloom and her writing style and see if this separation is unique to the way in which she writes. Students can write their own ve ...more
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