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The One In The Middle Is The Green Kangaroo | Five Minute Review



Paperback, 48 pages
Published July 15th 1982 by Yearling (first published 1969)
ISBN: 0440467314 (ISBN13: 9780440467311)
Quintessentially funny Judy Blume!
Second grader Freddy Dissel has that left-out kind of feeling. Life seems lonely when you’re the middle kid in the family. Freddy feels like “the peanut butter part of a sandwich,” squeezed between an older brother and little sister. But now for the first time it’s Freddy’s chance to show everyone, including himself, just how special he is!
Gems of Wisdom
Judy Blume is one of my favorite childhood authors. Her writing style is as unique as her characters.


The One In The Middle Is The Green Kangaroo’s Freddy Dissel is a run of the mill middle child. Ever since he was born he has been wearing his older brother’s hand-me-downs and, since his sister entered the world, he has been forced to share a room with his older brother… he, basically, feels like he has been pushed aside. He wants to stand out from his cooler, older, brother and his baby sister so, when hearing about the school play, he tries out for the part of the Green Kangaroo.


As a nineteen year old self proclaimed bibliophile this story took me about five minutes to read. Printed in large font with numerous illustrations, this 45 page book tells a simple story with Blume’s signature humor. Although I did enjoy it, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it ten plus years ago.


A Jeweled Rating
Three Kisses | While reading I had mixed feelings: I didn’t hate it but I surely didn’t love it! You can find out more about my rating system here.


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