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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (172 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judy Blume Narrator: Judy Blume, Kathleen McInerney Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pain and the Great One Series Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780739364963
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • Review, The New York Times Book Review, May 11, 2008:
  • Blume certainly knows her way around this age group . . . [and] James Stevenson's pen and wash drawings also provide balance, along with warmth and personality."

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Brown | 12/30/2013

    " Sequel to Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One. Each chapter alternates between the Pain and the Great One. Good sibling story. One chapter deals with bullying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/24/2013

    " How can you not win with Judy Blume? The antics of these two siblings are very endearing. Even though they frustrate each other to no end, they understand family loyalty. Darling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie!! :) | 12/18/2013

    " I thought that this was a great book. It was kind of short but fun. I would say this is more of a book for young readers. I reccomend it to anyone who likes fun books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge | 12/15/2013

    " The Pain's magnifying glass gets stolen and the Great One gets it back. I. L. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 12/15/2013

    " IF YOUR BROTHER OR SISTER ENOYS YOU READ IT "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miki | 12/13/2013

    " There are some stories about the pain and his sister the great one. It remind me of my childhood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 6/13/2013

    " Reading this one with the kiddos. Q loved Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and he requested more Judy Blume. The kids really liked it -- little brother tells one chapter, big sister tells the next. Enough illustrations to keep younger children interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 5/23/2013

    " Would be good for readers who like the Ramona stories or the Ivy and Bean books. Brother and sister school story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaina | 5/20/2013

    " It's hard to remember these books because I've read them so long ago, but i still love Judy Blume!!! :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zoe | 1/31/2013

    " Did not like it. I didn't hate it though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 1/19/2013

    " Another fun, mapcap story of the Pain (Jake) and the Great One (Abigail). Even though they always seem to be at odds with one another, when it comes down to love and loyalty, Jake and Abigail are steadfast. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Claire | 1/12/2013

    " My neighbor gave me this to read at her house when I had nothing to do...for kids my age I would not recommend it but for younger elementary schoolers I would. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ngarisu | 12/3/2012

    " I like this book because it is interesting ,relaxing and cool . "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Isabel | 7/18/2012

    " this book was 1 of the book that taught me how to read it was o.k at the time but i'm older now and looking back it sucked. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 11/3/2011

    " Yawn. I found this one preachy and cutesy. Sometimes the easier MCBA books are still pitched to the interest level of 4th-6th graders. Not this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Smith | 7/15/2011

    " Henry likes the last chapter best. "funny fluzzy chapter. " "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 7/1/2011

    " Another good one for my little boys. My kids LOVED the chapter about a bully at school. It's important for them to read stories about everyday things they might deal with at school, to see how the characters react, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/13/2011

    " Brother-sister combo of the Pain/Great One are believeable and funny through these short stories. Kids can relate to the situations--lost tooth, bully trouble--and the loyalty of the siblings shines through. I think this is a winner, and it will attract reluctant readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaina | 1/28/2011

    " It's hard to remember these books because I've read them so long ago, but i still love Judy Blume!!! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 10/2/2010

    " Would be good for readers who like the Ramona stories or the Ivy and Bean books. Brother and sister school story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 6/29/2010

    " Yawn. I found this one preachy and cutesy. Sometimes the easier MCBA books are still pitched to the interest level of 4th-6th graders. Not this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 6/22/2010

    " Brother-sister combo of the Pain/Great One are believeable and funny through these short stories. Kids can relate to the situations--lost tooth, bully trouble--and the loyalty of the siblings shines through. I think this is a winner, and it will attract reluctant readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 4/29/2010

    " How can you not win with Judy Blume? The antics of these two siblings are very endearing. Even though they frustrate each other to no end, they understand family loyalty. Darling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zoe | 3/2/2010

    " Did not like it. I didn't hate it though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miki | 12/18/2009

    " There are some stories about the pain and his sister the great one. It remind me of my childhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 7/28/2009

    " A story about a brother and sister
    who love to instagate each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 6/18/2009

    " IF YOUR BROTHER OR SISTER ENOYS YOU READ IT "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Claire | 4/26/2009

    " My neighbor gave me this to read at her house when I had nothing to do...for kids my age I would not recommend it but for younger elementary schoolers I would. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Isabel | 4/26/2009

    " this book was 1 of the book that taught me how to read it was o.k at the time but i'm older now and looking back it sucked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 8/19/2008

    " Reading this one with the kiddos. Q loved Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and he requested more Judy Blume. The kids really liked it -- little brother tells one chapter, big sister tells the next. Enough illustrations to keep younger children interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/3/2008

    " Sequel to Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One. Each chapter alternates between the Pain and the Great One. Good sibling story. One chapter deals with bullying. "

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About the Author
Author Judy Blume

Judy Blume is the enduringly popular author of many books for young readers. Over eighty million copies of her books have been sold, and the Fudge books (which feature a character based on her son Larry) are timeless classics. Among Blume’s many awards is the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She lives in Key West with her husband.

About the Narrator

Kathleen McInerney won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2011 and was a finalist for the Audie in 2010 and 2015. Her narrations have also earned seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has performed in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-over.