Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 18
- Grade: p to 12
A brotherly love story.
Aloush is the youngest in the family. He is not sure whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. His big brother Ramez is his idol. Every day, Ramez drives Aloush to school on his way to work. He takes him to basketball practice, allows him to hang around when his friends come over to watch a football game and always has time to drop him off at the mall to see a movie with his friend.
But suddenly, Ramez doesn’t have time for Aloush anymore. He has fallen in love and is about to get engaged! Aloush is upset and tries to get rid of this threat by carrying out a series of pranks. Will Aloush succeed in getting his brother back?
About the authors
FROM PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY: Youngest child Aloush adores his older brother, Ramez, who has lately been preoccupied. After Ramez announces that he’s engaged to marry a woman named Deema, Aloush feels lonely and neglected (“He doesn’t have any time to take me to the mall with Hamoudeh, or to shoot baskets... all because of Deema!”). Amid the family’s wedding planning, Aloush acts up by wearing his smelly soccer uniform when Deema’s family visits and wrapping up his pet hamster in a box to scare her. But Deema, who sports an auburn bob and an authentic smile, passes each test. Fidawi illustrates her characters with long limbs and pink cheeks and noses, making them at once relatable and distinctive. Family relationships change, and feeling left behind can really hurt, Najjar suggests in this sensitive story, but in the end, there’s enough love to go around. Ages 3–up.