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Going, Going, Gone! with the Pain and the Great One (Pain & the Great One) Hardcover – August 12, 2008

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Kindergarten-Grade 3—Abigail (the Great One) and Jake (the Pain) are back. The theme for this book is traveling, whether it is as close as the local mall, showcasing the Pain's attempt to walk down the up escalator, or as far as the Florida Everglades, where the Great One tries to keep from being bitten by alligators by wearing her leather cowboy boots. An emergency room trip to get a pussy willow removed from the Pain's nose will make readers laugh out loud. The nine short stories beautifully capture the experiences of siblings who love one another but who don't always get along. Their long-suffering cat, Fluzzy, gets his own chapter at the end. Stevenson's drawings perfectly complement the tales. Blume has delivered another funny story collection about two memorable characters.—Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WA
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The Pain (little brother) and the Great One (older sister) return in a third set of adventures that takes them on the road. There’s a trip to the beach that involves boogie boards and wolf masks, a visit to the county fair and a ride on the Gravitron, and a stop at the hospital when Jacob, the Pain, sticks a pussy willow up his nose. Then Jacob goes missing at the mall, and the sibling relationship shows its true mettle. As always, Blume gets right to the heart of children’s concerns and relationships. Here, Stevenson’s line artwork adds to the fun. Grades 3-5. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
  • Series: Pain & the Great One
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition first Printing edition (August 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385733070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385733076
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,241,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, NJ, 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; Superfudge; Blubber; Just As Long As We're Together; and Forever. She has also written the best-selling novels Wifey; Smart Women; and, Summer Sisters. More than 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.
She receives thousands of letters each month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and
concerns with her.
Judy received a B.S. in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year that American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has won more than ninety awards, none more important than those coming directly from her youngest readers.
She serves on the boards of the Author's Guild, currently as Vice President; the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, where she sponsors an award for contemporary fiction; and the National Coalition Against Censorship, working to protect intellectual freedom. In Spring 2002, Judy was a spokesperson for the Cheerios "A Book for Every Child" literacy campaign which benefited Reading is Fundamental, America's largest literacy organization. She is also the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation.
Judy's first book in the Fudge series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, was published in 1972. She is thrilled to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with the publication of Double Fudge. Just as generations of fans have loved the Fudge books, generations of Judy's family have inspired them. Thirty years ago, Fudge was inspired by her son, Larry, and now Double Fudge was written at the request of her grandson, Elliot.
Judy lives on islands up and down the East Coast with her husband George Cooper. They have three grown children and one grandchild.

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Any of these books that "Judy Blume" wrote about the brother and sister duo is hilarious. I have two children and definately the little brother is "the Pain" and the "Great One" is the big sister. I read these to my children when they were little and now they are grown parents and I knew they each had to have a copy for their children. They both "laugh and love" these stories bringing back "great childhood times" from this fabulous author. We have bought all the series. The first one is just called "THE PAIN AND THE GREAT ONE." Parents, go to the library or just trust me, and read or buy these to get some " good clean happy times of your childrens' growth". They are a "treasure" as all of Judy Blumes books are. Thank you to Mrs. Blume for finding "good, happy, wholesome, humerous, and worthwhile" areas to write on for our children and ourselves as parents."
:Thanks to Judy." Elizabeth
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By P. Johnson on November 5, 2008
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Our 6 and 8 year old children eagerly look forward to releases of "The Pain and The Great One" cds. They can really relate to the stories. No childhood secrets are ruined (like in Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing), but the stories are very realistic and the emotions are, too.
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By doslocos on April 12, 2013
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I bought this for my daughter who comes from Thailand. As she was just learning English this held her interest and other than bugging me every 5 minutes as to how to pronounce a word it was a very good learning tool. Part of a series that she devowered.
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Excellet stories, good price. Good packaging and speedy delivery -
item arrived well ahead of scheduled. Judy Blume is an excellent story-teller
and I felt this book was like a 2 for 1 sale.
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By Justin Beaber on March 11, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I like how they go to the beach. If you read this series, you will definitely love it.

my friends Alexa/ndra and Erika will love it they read it!!!!!!!!

My name is Marigny.
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By Ayat Shukairy on March 16, 2014
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I loved this book
My brother loved it to
We listens to it with the speaker
You should get it with audio
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Believe me
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