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Raymie, Dickie, and the Bean: Why I Love and Hate My Brothers    by Ray Romano & Gary Locke order for
Raymie, Dickie, and the Bean
by Ray Romano
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Raymie, Dickie, and the Bean shows us a day (mostly spent at an amusement park) in the life of three siblings, as the ten-year-old middle brother tells us 'Why I Love and Hate My Brothers'. The book is accompanied by a CD in which author/comedian Ray Romano narrates the account. Gary Locke's illustrations do a good job of portraying kid reactions.

Though this picture book does not especially stand out from the crowd, it does a nice job of reflecting the love/hate relationships, the shifting alliances, the arguments and insults, and the occasional demonstrations of caring that those of us who have more than one sibling remember from our childhoods ... not to mention the need to get the last word.

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