The Middle-Child Blues

The Middle-Child Blues

By Kristyn Crow; David Catrow (Illustrator)

Putnam Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780399247354, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 29, 2009


A clever, bluesy riff on middle-kid angst

Lee has the low-down, big-frown, sulkin?-all-aroundtown blues. His older brother gets all the big-kid privileges, and no one expects his little sister to do anything but be cute. And sometimes his family even leaves him behind! But when Lee breaks out his guitar and finally makes his voice be heard, he draws a big crowd. It turns out lots and lots of people share his middle-kid pain?and he loves how being stuck in the middle is making him the center of attention.

About the Author

David Catrow is an editorial cartoonist and the illustrator of more thanseventy books for children, including the New York Times bestseller I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! and I Like Myself!, both written by Karen Beaumont, Dozens of Cousins by Shutta Crum, Plantzilla by Jerdine Nolen, and Rotten Teeth by Laura Simms. He lives in Ohio. Visit his website at