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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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From School Library Journal

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: #1,259,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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My Daughter loved all of these the pain and the great one stories. Simple tales of sibling rivalry are just what the doctor ordered.
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My daughter loves Judy Blume. All of Judy Blume young readers are funny without mean or sarcastic humor. Great book.
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