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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Series: Aladdin Picture Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689820364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689820366
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A girl burdened with a bratty big brother tries to do something, anything, better than he can. "The text rings true with the authentic battling words of childhood spats," said PW. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-Featuring an obnoxious, freckle-faced, bespectacled boy and a comforting, tale-telling grandmother, this autobiographical story is as satisfying as a warm slice of apple pie. Patricia can't quite understand how anyone could possibly like her older brother Richard. Whether picking blackberries or eating raw rhubarb, he always manages to outdo her, rubbing it in with one of his "extra-rotten, weasel-eyed, greeny-toothed grins." When their Bubbie teaches Patricia to wish on a falling star, she knows just what to ask for. The next day her wish comes true; although dizzy, she remains on the carnival merry-go-round longer than Richard. Her nemesis turns into her hero, however, when she takes a spill and he carries her home. This warm-hearted look at a typical family relationship will strike a familiar chord with siblings of all ages. The endless "can so/cannot" arguments and the girl's total exasperation make the dialogue entertaining and realistic. Bubbie's musings are more poetic, adding a sense of wonder to the everyday tone of the text. Polacco's exuberant illustrations, done in marking pens and pencil, are filled with warmth and humor. Pointing angrily at one another or quietly cuddling against Bubbie's heart, the characters are carefully posed to reflect the story's varying moods. Barnyard animals provide an amusing backdrop to the children's antics, puckering their faces at the sour rhubarb and smiling sweetly at a tender moment. Black-and-white photographs of Patricia and Richie at different ages are scattered across the endpapers, adding the final touch to this endearing reminiscence.
Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Born Patricia Ann Barber in Lansing, Michigan, to parents of Russian and Ukrainian descent on one side and Irish on the other, Patricia Polacco grew up in both California and Michigan. Her school year was spent in Oakland, California, and summers in her beloved Michigan. She describes her family members as marvelous storytellers. "My fondest memories are of sitting around a stove or open fire, eating apples and popping corn while listening to the old ones tell glorious stories about their homeland and the past. We are tenacious traditionalists and sentimentalists.... With each retelling our stories gain a little more Umph!"Studying in the United States and Australia, Patricia Polacco has earned an M.F.A. and a Ph. D. in art history, specializing in Russian and Greek painting, and iconographic history. She is a museum consultant on the restoration of icons. As a participant in many citizen exchange programs for writers and illustrators, Patricia Polacco has traveled extensively in Russia as well as other former Soviet republics. She continues to support programs that encourage Russo-American friendships and understanding. She is also deeply involved in inner-city projects here in the U.S. that promote the peaceful resolution of conflict and encourage art and literacy programs.The mother of a grown son and a daughter, Patricia Polacco currently resides in Michigan, where she has a glorious old farm that was built during the time of Lincoln.

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I will enjoy reading this book to my grand children.
Janet Cline
In the story My Rotten Red Headed Older Brother by Patricia Polacco, they were mean to one another because Patricia Polacco's older brother was very competitive.
Megan Bernard
Because it's true, and also because it's a good story.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
A great book that shows the relationships between brothers and sisters, both good and bad. The author Patricia Polacco writes about her and her own brother and how she had always wanted to beat him at some thing. Trying as hard as she can, she fails every time, until one day she wishes upon a star, and her relationship with her brother changes forever.
This book has unique and colorful illustrations that help to show the sibling rivalry between Patricia and her brother. A must read for sibling of any age, and even adults who haven't spoken to their brothers or sisters in a long time.
by Jordan Miller
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My daughter is a Patricia Polacco fan. She has read almost all the books Patricia Polacco has ever written. Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother is one of her favorites. Everyone can relate to a mean older sibling. Best of all, the book is based on the author's real brother.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss M's Fourth Graders on May 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
There is an older brother and a girl who live with their grand parents. Babushka the grandma tells great stories. The older brother is mean to his sister when Babushka is not there. Older brother thinks he can do everything better den his sister. The older brother can get more berries than his sister. The sister said she can chew more sour rhubarb than the brother. He brother likes the rhubarb and the older brother still beats her. The girl sees a shooting star. She wishes to do anything better than her brother. The carnival comes to town. The older brother says that he can eat more hot dogs. The girl rode the merry go round even after her brother got off. The girl fell down. Her brother took her ton the bed. The girl woke up. Everyone was worried. The girl had fallen off the merry go round. Her brother had carried her home. She said "Thank you." The older brother and the sister felt happy. They were friends. I liked this book because the boy is mean but after he is nice.

By Jujay
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
I loved this book! It was hilarious! Trisha has a very mean older brother named Richard. Richard could do everything better than Trisha. He could: sit the longest, burp the loudest, get the dirtiest, run the fastest, climb the highest, and throw the farthest. Trisha was so angry! She wanted to be better at something than Richard. When she saw a shooting star she wished for something she could do better.

Her wish comes true-but you'll have to read the book to find out how!

Patricia Palacco is a great story teller. Sometimes she writes funny books and sometimes she writes sad and thoughtful books. All of her books are great!

by Rachel from Stockbridge Central School.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah E on August 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
This story, based on Polacco's on experiences as a child, tells how Tricia's older brother does everything faster and better than she can, but soon she discovers that brothers aren't so bad after all, at least sometimes. The pencil and marker cut-out illustrations show Polacco's expertise with the media, highlighting the expressions on the characters' faces and giving a glimpse as to the lengths young Tricia will go to try and best her brother. This autobiographical story looks at one facet of Polacco's life, one that most children can relate to and understand, that is, if they have rotten older siblings like Tricia's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
I liked this book because it also reminds me of my brother. He also think he's is better than me. He use to call me names and tease me. One day I beat him at a jump rope. The contest was who could jump the longest. That's why I gave this book a five. I would recommend this book to other children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
I liked this book because it was funny. I liked it when Patricia rode the carousel the longest. It is a kind of a long book. I recommend this book to 1st, 2nd, or 3rd graders. Everyone would like the pictures but the words would be hard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grandma nickie on February 26, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a delightful book about a sister telling about how annoying her brother is.
The reader can really 'feel' the character and voice of the sister throughout the book.
The brother repeats a phrase that makes his personality jump right off the page!
There is a surprising pivotal point in the story where the sister comes to appreciate her sibling.
The pictures not only illustrate the text, but also show things going on in addition to what is written.
This is a perfect book for enjoyment for 2nd and 3rd graders. An excellent mentor text for grades 3 - 5,
in that Patricia Polacco does some very interesting things within the text such as illustration of a complaint
by the sister by using a conversation between herself and her brother.
This is a book not to be missed!
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