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My little brother
Gliori, Debi.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1992.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
When it appears that the magic spells, vanishing creams, and other schemes to rid her of her pesky little brother have finally worked, a sister has second thoughts.
General Note:
"First published in Great Britain in 1992 by Walker Books Ltd., London"--Verso of t.p.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Author Notes

Author and illustrator Debi Gliori was born in 1959 in Glasgow, Scotland. She went to school there as well and studied design and illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She received an Andrew Grant traveling scholarship to go to Milan for a year. Gliori is best known for her work with children's books. Her picture book Mr. Bear to the Rescue won the Children's Book Award and was short listed for the Kate Greenaway Prize. Where, Oh Where, is Baby Bear? was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Baby Book Award in 2001. Always and Forever, written by Alan Durant and illustrated by Debi Gliori, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2003. Her work has also been shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Council Award (for Pure Dead Wicked in 2003), and for the Royal Mail Award, for Stormy Weather in 2010.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

According to the narrator of this agreeable tale, her little brother is a bother; in fact, as she writes the book's title on the mirror with lipstick, she adds the first r in brother only as an afterthought. Wishing that he would ``just disappear,'' the older sibling dresses as a witch and tries ``magicking him away,'' but he proceeds to eat the pages of her book of spells. Subsequent efforts to get rid of him (such as by covering the youngster with vanishing cream and feeding him to a ``wild beast''--the family's pregnant cat) prove equally unsuccessful. But when she awakens one night to find her brother's crib empty, big sister conjures up images of horrible fates that may have befallen the child, and is mighty happy to find him, asleep beside the cat and her newborn kittens. Readers who have known pesty younger siblings will relate to this sister's ordeal, creatively rendered by Gliori. Her fancifully detailed watercolors offer a wealth of visual treats--including a colorful variety of patterns and prints on clothing, walls and bedclothes. Ages 3-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-- What is a big sister to do? Tormented by the pesty antics of the toddler brother who adores her and shadows her every move, she fantasizes sweet retaliation. A disappearing trick? A trip to the moon? Lunch for a wild beast? How about Mom's vanishing cream? Nothing works. One night, the girl awakens. Brother's crib is empty and she looks through the darkened house to find him. The fruitless search leaves her near tears at the thought that perhaps her plans had indeed succeeded. A muffled purring noise eases her fears as she discovers the child asleep in the closet with their family cat and kittens. The ``can't live with ' em; can't live without ' em'' life between siblings comes alive in this amusing and simple story that's easy enough for beginning readers. The watercolor illustrations, done in cool hues of blue and violet, expand the humor of the text. Readers with younger brothers and sisters will readily appreciate the girl's frustrations as well as her devotion. This one is easy to like. --Virginia E. Jeschelnig, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.