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I'm Bad!

by Kate McMullan, Jim Mcmullan (Illustrator)
 

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From Kate and Jim McMullan, the popular creators of I Stink! and I'm Dirty!—now a streaming animated series—comes a hilarious new picture book about one BAD dino who has just one thing on his mind: dinner.

Who’s big? Who’s bad? And who’s hungry? T-Rex, that’s who. He’s the rollicking and

Overview

From Kate and Jim McMullan, the popular creators of I Stink! and I'm Dirty!—now a streaming animated series—comes a hilarious new picture book about one BAD dino who has just one thing on his mind: dinner.

Who’s big? Who’s bad? And who’s hungry? T-Rex, that’s who. He’s the rollicking and rambunctious dino who’s foraging in the prehistoric forest, ‘cause he needs chow right now. When his belly rumbles and grumbles, you’d better watch out! Take cover, fuzzballs. Hide your horns, reptiles. It’s ambush time.

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Publishers Weekly

The winning team behind I Stink!and I'm Dirty!trade garbage trucks and bulldozers for another machine-size marauder: a green-and-blue T. rex with an attitude. "Are you bad?" taunts the Tyrannosaur, uncannily eye-to-eye with the audience. "I'm really bad... Got rip-'em-up claws. Got bite-'em-up fangs. Bad breath? Yeaaahhhhhhh." At first, the T. rex fills the full-bleed, tropical spreads in a riot of orange, purple and yellow. A proud bully, he shows off "a swivel neck for watchin' my back," then whips around to confront the reader again: "Did you just call me Baby Arms? Long as yours, pal." Despite his posturing, this T. rex is a little defensive, and although he stalks prey, he never catches anything. When he throws a weepy tantrum ("I need chow right now... owowow"), a vertical gatefold pictures a much larger T. rex towering over him. "Mom?! I wasn't crying," he chirps as she supplies a dead lizard ("Awright—takeout!"). The McMullans play their cards just right—kids will love the joke of the tough guy who still needs his mother. Ages 4-8. (May)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- What could possibly equal the McMullans' audacious garbage truck in I Stink! (2002) and the brazen backhoe in I'm Dirty! (2006, both HarperCollins) for unadulterated attitude? Why, a towering, tough-talking T. rex, of course, complete with "rip-'em-up CLAWS," "bite-'em-up FANGS," and "Bad breath." (And don't even think of making fun of its "baby arms.") This creature is really big, "6-tons-of-MUSCLE-on-the-hustle BIG," with a "BIG empty belly growling for GRUB." Despite the beast's bravado, however, its attempts at catching prey are repeatedly-and hilariously-foiled. The predator's state of mind moves from arrogance to despair on a wonderfully illustrated psychedelic spread awhirl with forest foliage and easy-to-spot edible critters that the frustrated T. rex can smell but can't find. As the great hunter lies on its back having a tantrum, a vertical fold-out page is lifted to reveal the reptile's even bigger mother, who provides a bit of "takeout" for her grateful child. Vibrant artwork done in bold shades of green, orange, and violet equal the swaggering text in tone, energy, and humor. Whether devoured during a boisterous storytime or consumed independently, children will eat this one up.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews
"Are you BAD? / I'm REALLY bad. / Scare-the-tails-off-all-the-other-dinosaurs / BAD." This T. rex has bad breath, a swivel neck and "triple-digit, / kick-a-whomper / STOMPERS." After checking off a few more of his stats, he admits he's very hungry. He chases flyers but they get away. He can't catch the runners; they're too fast. Even the little fuzzies escape. He sees a triceratops on the hoof, but it has backup. This big baddie is going to starve! Flip up that gatefold . . . and there's his mom with some dino "takeout." The formula isn't new, but here McMullans have not only added an alliterative, rhythmic gem to their list of crowd-pleasers, they've also created an endearingly flawed character in this dino, who's sure to please any thunder-lizard lover. From the bright, heavy-lined watercolors to the braggadocio kids will revel in, this is an easy choice for multiple-copy purchases. (Picture book. 3-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061229718
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/22/2008
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
344,216
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kate McMullan is the author of the easy-to-read books featuring Fluffy, the Classroom Guinea Pig, the middle grade series Dragon Slayers' Academy, and Myth-o-Mania, the Greek myths as told by Hades. She is also the author of the Geisel Honor Book Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day.

Jim McMullan is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and poster designer whose work can be seen in The Theater Posters of James McMullan. His most recent book is the illustrated memoir Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood.

Kate and Jim McMullan have collaborated on many popular picture books, including I'm Brave!; I'm Fast!; I'm Big!; I'm Bad!; I'm Dirty!; and I Stink!, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book. The McMullans live in Sag Harbor, New York.

Kate McMullan is the author of the easy-to-read books featuring Fluffy, the Classroom Guinea Pig, the middle grade series Dragon Slayers' Academy, and Myth-o-Mania, the Greek myths as told by Hades. She is also the author of the Geisel Honor Book Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day.

Jim McMullan is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and poster designer whose work can be seen in The Theater Posters of James McMullan. His most recent book is the illustrated memoir Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood.

Kate and Jim McMullan have collaborated on many popular picture books, including I'm Brave!; I'm Fast!; I'm Big!; I'm Bad!; I'm Dirty!; and I Stink!, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book. The McMullans live in Sag Harbor, New York.

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