Synopses & Reviews
Rubina has been invited to her first birthday party, and her mother, Ami, insists that she bring her little sister along. Rubina is mortified, but she can?t convince Ami that you just don?t bring your younger sister to your friend?s party. So both girls go, and not only does Sana demand to win every game, but after the party she steals Rubina?s prized party favor, a red lollipop. What?s a fed-up big sister to do?
Rukhsana Khan?s clever story and Sophie Blackall?s irresistible illustrations make for a powerful combination in this fresh and surprising picture book.
"Khan (Silly Chicken) delivers another astute and moving story, ostensibly dealing with sibling rivalry, but actually about hard-won lessons emerging from clashes of identity and assimilation. When Rubina receives her first invitation to a birthday party, her mother, who readers are left to infer is an immigrant, is first perplexed ('What's a birthday party?... Why do they do that?'), then insistent that Rubina take her annoying younger sister along, even though Rubina pleads, 'They don't do that here!' The result, in Khan's characteristically direct prose, is devastating: 'I don't get any invitations for a really long time,' says Rubina, and Blackall's (Wombat Walkabout) subtly textured ink portrait shows every nuance of the girl's sense of social failure. But Khan's remarkable gift for balancing emotional honesty and empathy, and her keen understanding of family dynamics, keeps defeatism from swamping the book. Rubina turns her experience into wisdom and gains her mother's respect as a mediator between cultures. It's an ending worthy of a novella, and once again signals that Khan is one of the most original voices working in picture books today. Ages 4 up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"At once handsome and child friendly, this is a good conversation starter for preschool storytimes."
and#8212;Horn Book Magazine
"Castillo gives her typically sweet-tempered artwork a dash of hot sauce with this tale of a mischievous boy who's outdone by a thieving raccoon."
"Engaging and worthwhile."
"The antics of the raccoon and having the tables turn on the boy helps him understand his sister's feelings of loss and weave a subtle lesson into the bright clever plot."
and#8212;School Library Journal
"Castillo offers something interesting on every page, either winsome or whimsical."
Rubina has been invited to her first birthday party, and her mother, Ami, insists that she bring her little sister along. Rubina is mortified, but she cant convince Ami that you just dont bring your younger sister to your friends party. So both girls go, and not only does Sana demand to win every game, but after the party she steals Rubinas prized party favor, a red lollipop. Whats a fed-up big sister to do?
Rukhsana Khans clever story and Sophie Blackalls irresistible illustrations make for a powerful combination in this fresh and surprising picture book.
A sweet and satisfyingand#160;story of a brother and sister, a troublemaker or two, and a raccoon, beautifully illustrated in a folksy vintage style.
Bored and restless on a summer day, a little boy steals his sisterand#8217;s bunny and sends it on an adventure. He is well satisfied with the resultsand#8212;until his own stuffed animal disappears. Could it be that he is not the only troublemaker around . . . ?
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; A case of sibling rivalry is neatly resolved with the and#8220;assistanceand#8221; of a hilarious raccoon in Lauren Castilloand#8217;s warm, simple text and gorgeous classic illustrations.
About the Author
Rukhsana Khan lives in Toronto, Canada.
Sophie Blackall lives in Brooklyn, New York.