The Boy Who Cried Fabulous


The only thing Roger likes better than exploring the world around him is describing it. And Roger describes most things as fabulous! But his parents have a different view. They want Roger to see things the way they do, so they ban "fabulous" from his vocabulary. Fabulously illustrated by Peter Ferguson, this cheerful tale will have children rejoicing along with Roger at all the fabulous?no, marvelous! no, dazzling!?things that await him when he steps outside.

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The only thing Roger likes better than exploring the world around him is describing it. And Roger describes most things as fabulous! But his parents have a different view. They want Roger to see things the way they do, so they ban "fabulous" from his vocabulary. Fabulously illustrated by Peter Ferguson, this cheerful tale will have children rejoicing along with Roger at all the fabulous—no, marvelous! no, dazzling!—things that await him when he steps outside.

A young boy's fascination with everything he sees around him causes him to be late and upsets his parents, until they come to realize his special gift.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fans of Harvey Fierstein's The Sissy Duckling will appreciate this tale starring young Roger, who finds life so "fabulous" that he has trouble staying on task. Walking to school one day, he's consumed by the wonders of a department store. "What a fabulous man/ in a fabulous hat./ What a fabulous tie,/ or perhaps a cravat?" writes Newman (Cats, Cats, Cats!; Heather Has Two Mommies). After showing up late at school and home ("It's so fabulously dark!" he notes, as the realization of his tardiness hits), Roger tries to curb his enthusiasm. But when he goes into town with his parents, he teaches them an important lesson: fabulous is fun. Roger's vocabulary of exhortations (which eventually include "splendid," "luscious" and "scrumptious") is not au courant, but Ferguson, making his children's book debut, smoothes over that potential speed bump with burnished, acrylic paintings that depict Roger as a lively visual throwback. The boy's shockwave of red hair and high-cheeked, bright-eyed face brings to mind Superman's Jimmy Olsen or one of Our Gang. Other retro flourishes (the grown-ups wear hats, the cars sport bulbous fenders), along with Ferguson's theatrical framings, also firmly plant the story in a whimsical realm which makes it easy for readers to go along when the artist pictures Roger dancing a jig on a diner countertop. Adults may declare they know camp when they see it, but kids will always cotton to a character who marches to a different drummer especially one with a fabulous beat. Ages 5-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Roger is a fabulous young man with a fabulous interest in the world around him. Unfortunately, his fabulous enthusiasm keeps getting him into trouble. Roger gets so side tracked by the things that he perceives as fabulous that he is always late for everything. His parents attempt a drastic solution. They inform Roger that he can no longer use the word "fabulous." Of course, Roger tries hard to please his parents but his natural energy and excitement get the best of him. Roger learns that there are many wonderful, marvelous, and splendid things in the world around him. The story is set in a 1950's small town, thereby adding to the innocence and trust each of the characters possesses. Told entirely in rhyme, this is a fun and heartwarming story that will help both parents and children appreciate and find enjoyment in the ordinary everyday things around us. The illustrations are warm and witty and add to the story's appeal. 2004, Tricycle Press/Ten Speed Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Denise Daley
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Roger, a quirky, enthusiastic boy, is fascinated by the world around him. On the way to school, the clothes in a shop window catch his eye and he stops to exclaim over everything in the "fabulous" store. When he arrives late, his teacher yells at him, admonishing him to go straight home at the end of the day. Roger tries to obey, but he finds more "fabulous" things to shout about and doesn't get there until after dark. His parents are at a loss and end up sending him to bed and banning the word "fabulous" from the household. Roger wants to abide by their wishes, but during a family trip into town he is swept away by "a world too wondrous to ignore" and, in turn, leads the adults on a rollicking, adjective-filled journey through the streets until they come to understand and appreciate their "fabulous" son. Set several decades in the past, this silly but entertaining story is told in lilting rhyme and accompanied by expressive paintings rendered in subdued colors. Roger, with his red hair, eager face, and exuberant personality, fits right into the old-fashioned setting depicted in the artwork. This book offers a refreshing, optimistic message about appreciating the little things in life.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582462240
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/9/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 170,098
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.08 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

LESL?âA NEWMAN is the author of over fifty books, including Heather Has Two Mommies, the first children's book to portray lesbian families in a positive way. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

PETER FERGUSON has worked for clients like Marvel Comics and The Wall Street Journal. This was his first children's book. Peter lives in Montreal, Canada.

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