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MY ROTTEN REDHEADED OLDER BROTHER by Patricia Polacco

MY ROTTEN REDHEADED OLDER BROTHER

By Patricia Polacco (Author) , Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-671-72751-6
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Patricia has an older brother who looks "like a weasel with glasses," but that's just for starters. The real problem with him -- besides his red wiry hair and his freckles -- is that he's always telling her he can do everything better than she can. He can pick more blackberries, he can eat more rhubarb without puckering; he can run faster, climb higher, burp louder, and spit farther. Worst of all, he's four years older, "always has been and always will be." When Patricia's babushka -- her grandmother -- teaches her how to wish on a falling star, Patricia wishes to do something better than he does. She gets her wish and winds up seeing a different side of her brother as well. Polacco's (Babushka Baba Yaga, 1993, etc.; Pink and Say, see below) text is smooth, effortless, and completely natural-sounding. Her drawings are funny and vivacious -- as usual, her characters are drawn with wonderful facial expressions and limbs akimbo. She has the ability to transport you to her settings -- in this case, to a Michigan farm where you can practically feel the sun and smell the pies baking. Polacco has proved time and again that she is masterful both as illustrator and storyteller, and this book is no exception. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)