I'm Big!
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I'm Big!

by Kate McMullan, Jim McMullan
     
 

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He's a great big sauropod.

He's a whole lotta lizard.

And he's . . . lost.

Have you seen his herd?

Help the big guy find his pals—before he becomes lunch for some hungry predators.

Yikes!

Overview

He's a great big sauropod.

He's a whole lotta lizard.

And he's . . . lost.

Have you seen his herd?

Help the big guy find his pals—before he becomes lunch for some hungry predators.

Yikes!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A purple sauropod finds that his herd has left him behind in the McMullans' (I'm Bad!) slangy, loosely rhymed story about discovering one's strengths. Along his journey, the long-necked sauropod meets dinos of all shapes and sizes, and when faced with claws, fangs, and spikes, he realizes that he's "a whole lotta lizard!" and uses what he's got to scare his enemies away ("I'm a mountain on the move! I am thunder comin' at you"). All's well at the end of the day ("Sure feels good bein' with my biggies"), but it's unlikely the dino or readers will soon forget such a big adventure. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Booklist
“A subtle message about standing ground against bullies underlies this story, which features the McMullans’ familiar delights: infectiously, rhythmic text; inventive, animated art; and an endearing, boastful narrator whose kidlike qualities children will instantly recognize.”
The Horn Book
“Looking big is a strategy used often in the wild, and readers will be happy to see it work for this essentially gentle giant, from whom the fanged, clawed, spiked, yet puny bullies turn tail.”
Children's Literature - Denise Daley
A super-sorry Sauropod dinosaur overslept and when he awoke, his herd was gone. With the help of you, the reader, and a few smaller friends, he begins hunting for his herd. Along the way he encounters a group of hungry predators. He quickly tries to determine his best defense. He is too big to run and too big to hide. What can he do? Then he realizes: he is big! He uses his large size to frighten away the threatening carnivores. Soon afterwards, the Sauropod finds footprints similar to his own and they help him find his herd. The illustrations in this picture book are adorable and the story is sweet. Not only will young readers get a simple introduction to the terms predator and prey, they will also learn several valuable lessons. Among these lessons are the importance of quick thinking and friendship but perhaps most valuably, the importance of waking up on time! Reviewer: Denise Daley
Kirkus Reviews

In this fourth and weakest companion to the instant classic I Stink! (2002), a "super-sorry sauropod" sleeps through his herd's departure and so—sounding just like the trucks and the T. Rex in previous iterations: "Wanna help me find my pack? / Awright, let's get a move on"—sets off across the prehistoric landscape in pursuit. Big the lumbering narrator may be, but just how big? Different spreads tell differing tales—here he stretches his neck "five stories high" for an aerial look-see, but elsewhere he cowers behind a tree that towers over him, and in some scenes his legs are twice as long as in others. Moreover, the "stegos" he passes are the same size as the "diplos" in a later encounter, and the feathered alarm clock that wakes him at the beginning looks like an archaeopteryx on steroids. While the sound effects kids have come to expect are present, their placement within the narrative will make it difficult for the easy audience participation that has become a hallmark of the franchise. Add art composed of out-of-focus figures in dull purples and greens, and the total's a roaring disappointment. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061229749
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
718,797
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 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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