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Book of Big Brothers

Written by Cary Fagan

Illustrated by Luc Melanson

  • 32 Pages
  • 9780888999771
  • 10.5" x 8.25"
  • Reading age from 4 to 7
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories


Publication Date September 01, 2010

What is it like being the youngest of three brothers? In this wonderful story author Cary Fagan gives us a true-to-life picture of growing up in such a family -- from the adventure and fun to the mischief and mishaps. The brothers camp out in the backyard, accidentally set the neighbor's tree on fire, play football in the living room and even hold a funeral for their pet lizard. And although the older brothers can be mean sometimes, the youngest is usually in on the fun and delights in their crazy life together. Luc Melanson's lively retro-style illustrations are a perfect complement, making this an utterly captivating story.

Short-listed for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award Honour Book 2011


Cary Fagan

CARY FAGAN has written several critically acclaimed books, including A Bird’s Eye, finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize; My Life Among the Apes, longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; Valentine’s Fall, finalist for the Toronto Book Award. He has also written many popular books for children, for which he has won the Vicki Metcalf Award For Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. He lives in Toronto.

Luc Melanson
Luc Melanson won the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) for The Grand Journey of Mr. Man by Gilles Tibo, and he was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) for My Great Big Mamma by Olivier Ka, Les Compositeurs by Claudio Ricignuolo and La petite Kim by Kim Yaroshevskaya. He has illustrated many books, including Book of Big Brothers by Cary Fagan, and Pink by Nan Gregory, both finalists for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. Pink was a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize. Luc lives in Laval, Quebec.


"...the adventures...all serve to highlight the deep bonds of affection among the three boys." Quill & Quire

"...recounts the mischief and mishaps of being the youngest of three brothers..." Calgary Sun

"Reading this book is a lot like listening to a friend and his brothers swap favorite family stories." PW

"...will make readers giggle with delight." SLJ

" action-packed tale of mischief and mayhem." The Waterloo Record

" paced adventurous book about growing up together and learning to get along." The Midwest Review