Title: Big Red Lollipop
Illustrator: Sophie Blackall
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Published Date: March 4, 2010
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.
I know this is a children’s book, but my first thought…oh hell, no! Bitch, better not be eating my sucker and then not get in trouble for it. I’ll throat punch that little twit and then some. And then I remembered it was a children’s book. And I was probably supposed to learn something. Which at that age I probably wouldn’t have. Rubina was better than I would have been. It could be the difference of her being the first child and I being the baby. And I definitely wouldn’t have saved her later on. I would have given her a taste of her own medicine and then laughed afterwards. Again, Rubina may be a better person than me.
I really enjoyed the illustrations. Especially of the red lollipop. I want a red lollipop now. Thanks. Good thing I’m an adult and can get one whenever I want. I also enjoyed seeing that the family is Pakistani. It’s nice to know that all families go through the same kinds of issues. Guess what people? We’re all the same. We just have different cultures! Yea, that’s right! I said it!