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Cool Zone with the Pain & the Great One

Cool Zone with the Pain & the Great One

Spring 2008 Fiction
Ages: 5 - 9 yrs.
Author: Judy Blume
Illustrator: James Stevenson
ISBN: 987-0-385-73306-9
Hardcover Price: $15.99
Review:
Third-grader Abigail has dubbed herself, "The Great One" and her brother Jake, who's in the first grade, "The Pain." They may not agree on much at first, but they do agree that when it counts, each can depend on the other. Their funny misadventures, told in alternating chapters, take place in the "Cool Zone" (the "s" and the "h" on the school sign have been painted out). Blume's skill is understanding her audience; she knows what they think is funny, (looking at the hairs in their nose with a magnifying glass); and what they think is not. She crafts amusing stories about authentic children's experiences. The large print and humorous line drawings by James Stevenson make this a captivating early chapter book.
Kemie Nix   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.


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