The Pain and the Great One are back, this time in lower middle grade novels. Alternating chapters illustrate the love/hate/annoy the heck out of each other of an older sister/younger brother relationship. Just like the original picture book, these new installments are funny and real all at once. But, in these, the cat always gets the last word.
Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One Judy Blume
This first chapter book features stories about hair cuts, soccer, birthday parties, dog-sitting, and others.
Cool Zone with the Pain and the Great One Judy Blume
The next one features such things as bullies, crushes, pets, and names. This is my favorite of the three.
Going, Going, Gone! with the Pain and the Great One Judy Blume
Here we visit the grandparents, have fun in the ocean, see an alligator, go to the fair, shove a pussy willow up our nose, and get lost in the mall. Another great one!
It's great to have Blume writing children's books again. Fans of her younger work will want to check these out. Look out for Friend or Fiend? with the Pain and the Great One in May!