Cool Zone with the Pain & The Great One
Cool Zone with the Pain & The Great One

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Annotation: More adventures at school and at home with Jake, a first-grader, and his older sister Abigail, known to each other as the Pain and the Great One.
Catalog Number: #27512
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Dell Yearling
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2008
Illustrator: Stevenson, James,
Pages: 109 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-440-42093-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-19863-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-440-42093-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-19863-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2007017126
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Blume continues a series that started as a picture book and then expanded into a chapter book series with Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One (2007). This entry finds first-grader Jake, the Pain to his sister, and third-grader Abigail, the self-proclaimed Great One, telling their stories in alternating chapters. Their concerns are familiar and reader friendly: a loose tooth, being bullied, love of a stuffed animal, and, of course, sibling rivalry. Yet brother and sister are always there for each other, and the durability of the bond is the strong underpinning for Blume's frothy style. Recently independent readers will find this just the book to push their skills forward. Stevenson's gray-washed line illustrations add to the fun.
Kirkus Reviews
Jake and Abigail, Blume's ever-sparring siblings, return with six new stories filled with laughter, provocation and, most of all, affectionate loyalty. First-grader Jake's pressing issues include the loss of his first tooth, a fifth-grade bully and the near-demise of his bedtime stuffed elephant, always marked by an eagerness to appear all-knowing and grown-up. Third-grader Abigail, continually vexed by her brother, has concerns of her own: chasing boys and choosing an alternate name for herself. Blume is a master at mixing amusing and even outrageous twists into her depictions of everyday sibling and school matters, such as a real dog running wild through school on Bring Your (pretend) Pet Day. Each vignette will have readers and listeners predicting, groaning or chuckling as events unfold. Stevenson's lively black-and-white cartoon art enhance the short chapters, which epitomize the best in sibling relationships. For cat lovers who are wondering what Fluzzy is thinking, a seventh chapter tells all. (Fiction. 6-8)
School Library Journal
Gr 13 In the third easy chapter book about the Pain (first-grader Jake) and the Great One (third-grader Abigail), Blume relates several common childhood concerns. Each chapter begins with an illustration to let readers know which sibling is narrating. The Great One tells about her brother losing a tooth and her phase of wanting to be known as Violet Rose. Jake explains what happened the day he was a waiter when the first graders opened the "Breakfast Club" in their classroom and about the time a student took her dog to school and it ran off with Jake's stuffed elephant. The two siblings squabble but it is normal, harmless teasing, and when the chips are down they band together, as in the chapter about their run-in with the school bully. The family cat, Fluzzy, ends the book with a brief chapter of how he also would like a new name. Stevenson's trademark ink sketches add interest and humor to the stories. No new ground is broken here, but the topics are those to which early-elementary graders can relate. Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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Word Count: 10,913
Reading Level: 2.8
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.8 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 122339 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.2 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q44411
Lexile: 550L
Guided Reading Level: M
The Pain has a loose tooth. He wiggles it all day long. Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. You’d think it was the first loose tooth in the history of the world.

Today at the school bus stop he opened his mouth. “Look at this!” he called proudly. The tooth was hanging by a thread. I could have reminded him that by the time I was in first grade I’d already lost three teeth. But I didn’t. Instead, when we got on the school bus, I offered to finish the job for him. But he shut his mouth and shook his head.

“Okay . . . fine,” I told him. “But don’t come crying to me if you swallow it.”

Just as the bus pulled up to school, the Pain yelled, “Look . . . it fell out!” And he held up his tooth. Everyone cheered.

When we got off the bus, he tried to give it to me. “I don’t want your yucky tooth,” I told him.

“But I’ll lose it,” he cried.

“Not if you’re careful.”

“But I lose everything.”

“Too bad.”

“I’ll give you half of whatever the Tooth Fairy brings,” he said.
Hmmm . . . half of whatever the Tooth Fairy brings,I thought.Since it’s his first tooth, that could mean more loot than usual.

“Come on, Abigail . . .” the Pain said, shoving his tooth in my face.

“We split it fifty-fifty?” I asked.

“Is that half?”

“Yes,” I told him. “Exactly half.”

“Okay,” he said. “Deal.” We shook on it. Then I took his tooth. The Pain gave me a silly smile. He looked like a minidragon with that gap between his teeth. As soon as he walked away, I started to worry.What if I lose his tooth? Thinkhow disappointed he’ll be.

All day at school I worried. During recess I wanted to jump rope with Kaylee. But I was too scared I’d lose the tooth. Kaylee told me to put it in my pocket.

“What if it falls out?” I asked.

“Give it to me,” she said. “I’ll hold it while you jump.”

In art class I drew pictures of teeth. At lunch I kept the tooth next to my sandwich as if it was a piece of candy. During science I checked it under the microscope. Ms. Valdez was impressed. She thought it wasmytooth.

“It’s my brother’s,” I explained. “His first. And I’m responsible for it.” Ms. Valdez gave me an envelope. “Put it in here,” she said. I dropped the tooth inside. Ms. Valdez licked the flap and pressed it closed. Then I wrote on the front:The Pain’sTooth. Handle With Care.

Finally, the school day ended. It was the longest school day in the history of the world. On the bus going home the Pain asked to have his tooth back. I wassoglad to give him the envelope. Now my worries were over.

That night, after his bath, the Pain couldn’t find his tooth. He still had the envelope but it was empty. “I took care of your tooth all day at school!” I shouted. “I didn’t let it out of my sight for one minute. And
now look–you lose everything!” “I told you, didn’t I?”

So we started looking. We looked everywhere. In his pockets. In his underwear. In his lunch box. Even in his ears, just in case. But there was no tooth. “Why did you open the envelope?” I asked. “Because Dylan wanted to see my tooth up close.”

“Well, maybe Dylan has your tooth,” I said.

“No, because he passed it to Justin.”

“Okay, let’s call Justin and see if he has it.”

“But after Justin I let Miranda hold it,” he told me. “And then Riley wanted to smell it.

“And Kamu–”


Excerpted from Cool Zone with the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume
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The perfect chapter book!

The Pain and the Great One hardly agree on anything. But deep down, they know they can count on each other, especially at school, where it often takes two to figure things out. Like when that first baby tooth falls out on the school bus. Or when an unwanted visitor on Bring Your Pet to School Day needs to be caught. Or worst of all, when a scary bully says you’re burnt toast. On days like these it can feel good not to go it alone. (And don’t forget Fluzzy the cat, who knows a thing or two himself.)

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