I Am So Handsome

I Am So Handsome

by Mario Ramos
     
 

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Publishers Weekly
The bigheaded wolf from I Am So Strong still hasn’t learned the art of humility. Following the format of the first book, intimidated fairy tale characters like Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs only bolster the wolf’s self-regard: “You’re wonderful! You shine like a thousand stars,” say the “trembling” pigs. Ramos uses thick layers of paint and heavy black outlines in his engaging pictures, while building readers’ expectation through the wolf’s increasingly pompous inflections. A cute but hasty finale involving the fire-breathing baby dragon from the previous book falls a tad flat. Ages 4�up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
After his breakfast, the "incorrigible wolf" dresses up for a stroll in the woods, where he is sure everyone will admire him. Meeting Little Red Riding Hood, he asks her who is the handsomest. Of course she tells him he is. Off he proudly struts. Meeting the Three Little Pigs, he asks them the same question. "You're wonderful!" they reply, in fear. Walking on, he boasts and rejoices. The seven dwarves also assure him that he is the handsomest. So does Snow White. "I'm the king of the woods," says the wolf proudly. But when he meets a baby dragon, he is in for a surprise. The egocentric wolf appears on the jacket/cover smugly adjusting his tie. He maintains his arrogance as he saunters through the woods, empty except for his encounters with the storybook characters and the arrogant young dragon. Vigorously applied opaque gray paint produces his personality, with thinner paint creating the trees. It is fun when he finally gets his comeuppance, in this sequel to I Am So Strong. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
.K-Gr 3—Readers will revel in this clever tale of comeuppance by an established Belgian author-illustrator who must have had so much fun with I Am So Strong (Gecko, 2011) that he decided to spin another. The big bad wolf, created in thickly textured gouache, stands out in the forest and beckons to everyone he meets to tell him who is the handsomest of all. He encounters the usual suspects in this homage to fairy tales, especially the woods dwellers and lone travelers first venturing out. Readers will relish the luscious, tongue-in-cheek language and well-chosen illustrative details. When the wolf sees Little Red Riding Hood picking flowers, he ventures condescendingly: "Hmm, nice get-up! Tell me, my little wild strawberry, who's the handsomest around here?" She defers to him as most handsome and off he goes, enraptured with himself, adjusting his tie, and proclaiming, "There we have it! Out of the mouths of babes, the truth. I am the most elegant, the most charming." The illustrations are executed in a painterly comic style. If his blatant bravado doesn't garner readers' bellowing laughter, wait until he meets the baby dragon, who calls him a "ridiculous little gizzard" before asking the infamous mirror-mirror-on-the-wall question. The wolf has met his match. A blow to vanity and chock-full of the deadpan humor, this book is a charmer and a keeper.—Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781877579196
Publisher:
Gecko Press
Publication date:
09/28/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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