Friday, November 9, 2018

Dear Sister Book Review

Book received at no charge to facilitate review.

"Dear Sister," so begins a series of letters written by an older brother to his annoying sister. The letters follow the rocky start when little sister comes home from the hospital to sweet overtures when big brother leaves for college.

The brother grades his sister on whininess, annoyingness, afraid of the darkness and refusal to eat lima beans. Readers will love the humor of the brother’s candid reports and letters. Subtle changes in the letters as the sister grows expose surprise feelings.

Careful attention to the simple handwriting and childlike sketches by Joe Bluhm give additional clues to feelings the brother has toward his sister and vice versa. Definitely worth spending time poring over the illustrations and comparing them to written words. No boy should with a little sister should miss Alison McGhee’s touching story, best described with three H’s: honesty, humor and heartwarming.


Publishing Information:

Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
ISBN: 9781481451420
Ages: Ages 10 and up
Written by Alison McGhee & Illustrated by Joe Bluhm


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