The Pain and the Great One

The Pain and the Great One


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Judy Blume’s quintessential tale of sibling rivalry is as funny as ever—and has a fresh new look!

When an eight-year-old girl and her six-year-old brother take turns describing each other, it’s no surprise that “The Pain” and “The Great One” are the nicknames that emerge. As this duo debates whom Mom and Dad love most, their competition becomes increasingly humorous—because when it comes to family affection, there’s no such thing as win or lose.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481411455
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Series: Pain and the Great One Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 92,252
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Judy Blume, one of America’s most popular authors, is the recipient of the 2004 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of beloved books for young people, including Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and novels for adult readers, including Wifey, Smart Women, and Summer Sisters. Her work has been translated into thirty-two languages.Visit Judy at or follow her on Twitter at @JudyBlume.

Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the author of Where Are My Books?. Her illustrations also appear in Sea Monkey and Bob, written by Aaron Reynolds; I’m Bored (a New York Times Notable Book) and Naked!, written by Michael Ian Black; as well as ten Judy Blume chapter books and middle grade titles. For more info, visit or @InkyElbows on Twitter.


New York's Upper East Side, Key West, and Martha's Vineyard

Date of Birth:

February 12, 1938

Place of Birth:

Elizabeth, New Jersey


B.S. in education, New York University, 1961

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The Pain and the Great One 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
tlcalderon4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This charming book addresses the issue of sibling rivalry between an eight-year old girl and her six-year old little brother. Their frustration with one another is evident in the two separate sections of the book, one for each of their points of view. What is also evident, and apparently realized by the children¿s parents, is that they actually love each other and rely on each other more than they are willing to admit. The story serves as a strong introduction to the concept of perspective.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the great gifts of Judy Blume is that she doesn't lie to kids. Her books are refreshingly - and sometimes painfully - honest. As a kid, I sure appreciated it. Too many books lie, because they think children can't hear the truth. They ignore the fact that children already *know* the truth many times.The truth in this book is that sometimes, having a brother or sister just sucks. The lie that most people would try to give is the moral that you really, deep down have to love your sibling after all - right? Well, Ms. Blume skirts very *close* to that moral, when each child realizes midway through a rant that getting a special privilege without their sibling isn't any fun, and, indeed, their parents try to push that moral on them - but no, that "no fun" bit is just another reason why their sibling is awful! And the next day they remembered, not the moral, but the rivalry.Each child's rant about their brother/sister ends with the thought that maybe their parents like the other one best. I think we've all felt that. I did just last week, and I'm an adult :) There's no reassurance here except the other sibling saying the same thing.If you're uncomfortable with this sort of presentation of facts, I'd suggest you borrow the book from the library before buying. Otherwise, I firmly suggest you buy this book for your own library.
bamabreezin4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like that this book deals with sibling rivalry, fairness, and then goes into perspectives, which are all themes that kids can relate to while learning a lesson.
hnebeker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book should be read by every child with a sibling (or siblings). I like to think of it as a Zen way of looking at things from each other's points of view. This is Judy Blume's only true "picture book" even though a couple of her others have illustrations: Tales of a 4th grade Nothing and The one in the middle is the Green Kangaroo. I have to say that Blume is one of the "great ones" herself. She has captured in this book, as in all of her books, the perfect balance between the reality of the world and the humor in all of us.
tmarks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sibling rivalry collides in this beloved classic by Judy Bloom.
renee.sutter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a young girl and her younger brother who she calls the pain. He is always annoying her and getting more attention from their parents. Then she gets the privilege of staying up late without him but realizes it isn¿t much fun playing by herself but in the morning she remembers what a pain her brother is. I loved this book and think any sibling could think of a time when their brother or sister was a pain, I know I can.
ValerieStanley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book. Amazing book for siblings. The book is about an older sister that thinks that her little brother is favored over her. At the same time, the little brother thinks that everyone thinks that his older sister is favored. There is a big lesson to be learned in this book. It does not have to be used just for siblings, but it can be used for several different scenarios. Teachers can use this book as a social learning skill. It can be used as a writing prompt.
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I luv all of her books they r awesome i have read this book a million times it is really great }:-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story!!! Love all her books
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