Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

Rubina has been invited to a birthday party! She's super excited about it - but that excitement comes crashing down when her mother insists that her little sister Sana has to go too! Her friends will think she's weird, and Sana will spoil everything! But when Sana eats Rubina's lollipop, she's gone too far! Can Rubina ever forgive her?

(Spoilers, because the ending is the best part)

Everyone, this book made me cry. It was just so great. Years later, Sana gets invited to a birthday party, and her mother insists she takes her younger sister with her. But Rubina realizes how bad this will be, and says to her mother that Sana should be able to alone, and she does, and then she gives Rubina a lollipop! It's so (no pun intended) sweet, and just a perfect sister moment. I love Rukhsana Khan's story but also Sophie Blackall's illustrations. Excitement, jealousy, anger, frustration, confusion, and so much more are expertly captured. (My favourite is the two-page spread where Sana, after eating Rubina's lollipop, offers her the little triangle stuck to the end of the stick, and then, after Rubina throws it behind the sofa, Sana sneaks off and eats it). Definitely seek this one out. I think it's a story that kids will love, but also one that would be a great present for a younger - or older - sister.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Silly Chicken by Rukhsana Khan
I Want Two Birthdays! by Tony Ross
Lizzy's Lion by Denis Lee
Wombat Walkabout by Carol Diggory Shields
Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

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