Siblings so often have issues with one another. Teasing and taunting tends to be the norm, so Patricia Polacco brings those ideas to the forefront in My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother. With a brother and sister rivalry, kids will keep reading until
the end to find out just how these two end up dealing with each other.
Little Patricia isn’t the biggest fan of her brother Richard. He can run
faster, climb higher, spit farther, and in general, is just better than her at everything! It’s so frustrating because he does all of that and then he’ll still grin his annoying grin right in her face. Patricia isn’t exactly thrilled with her know-it-all brother’s style. She wishes she could do something better than him. Just one thing. So when she sees a shooting star at night, she makes her wish. And then to her surprise, she gets it.
Kids with siblings will be able to appreciate this book. Patricia often comments on Richard being rotten, redheaded, freckled, and weasel-like. Clearly she doesn’t enjoy him at all, much less his constant comments of being four years older than her. But the story takes on an interesting and heartwarming turn near the end after Patricia’s wish comes true, which may lead a few kids to take a second glance at their siblings and perhaps, like Patricia, see them in a different light. Richard’s true feelings for Patricia eventually shine through, and readers will see that despite all his bravado, he cares for his baby sister; something that she sees as well.
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother is a great story that parents can be glad to buy for their kids, especially when brothers and sisters seem to fuss at each other all the time! Bright and
illustrated by Polacco as well, the pictures are done with markers, pen, and pencil for some entertaining romps that include a few farm animals. Picture books like this one offer up a lesson coated in fun, so even if siblings don’t get along after reading it, at least everyone can enjoy the story while it lasted!