Sunday, November 17, 2019

Review - Little Bro, Big Sis

Little Bro, Big Sis
by Rocío Bonilla
Date: 2019
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 56
Format: e-book
Source: library

Siblings never get to tell their side of the story (or so it seems).

Complete with a unique flip format and Rocio Bonilla's vivacious illustrations that tell each sibling's story, this clever take on sibling rivalry shares two life lessons: sometimes it takes a sibling sharing their side of the story to realize how much they appreciate their other half; and it definitely helps to have someone on your side when a new baby arrives!

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I read another book with this premise not long ago, the forthcoming On My Mountain by François Aubineau. Little Bro, Big Sis is the same in that it's really two books in one; you read one story from the little brother's point of view, and then you flip the book over and read the story from the big sister's. The stories follow the same format, but are slightly different... until the ending.

I like how the siblings are viewed by each other (to the little brother, his big sister is a bossy rhino; to the big sister, her little brother is an annoying monkey). But eventually, they realize that they each have their good qualities... and just in time, because the household is about to be shaken up by a new arrival!

The pictures are amusing and fun to look at. The gimmick of the flippable book makes this kind of a long read, especially for bedtime. Maybe the reading could be split up over two nights. Then the kids can argue over which side of the book gets read first!

Overall, this is a fun little story about sibling rivalry. Recommended to those who already have siblings... and especially those who might be expecting another one.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.83 out of 5

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