Tiny Tyrant: The Ethelbertosaurus

Tiny Tyrant: The Ethelbertosaurus

by Lewis Trondheim, Fabrice Parme

The Tiny Tyrant returns: bigger and better than ever in our new, kid-friendly format.

Though he has a handful of advisors, this miniscule monarch is the one who calls the shots – demanding to see Santa Claus (to ask if he really has to eat a balanced diet), testing out his new bodyguard by putting a price on his own head, and replacing all the kids in


The Tiny Tyrant returns: bigger and better than ever in our new, kid-friendly format.

Though he has a handful of advisors, this miniscule monarch is the one who calls the shots – demanding to see Santa Claus (to ask if he really has to eat a balanced diet), testing out his new bodyguard by putting a price on his own head, and replacing all the kids in the kingdom with robot doubles of his own royal self!

This rambunctious royal's adventures were previously published in a smaller trim size, receiving great reviews and delighting children all over the US: now, Ethelbert is back, in a larger and more kid-friendly size. This single volume offers the first six stories from the original book – great reading for kids just getting into chapter books.

"A real treat for classic cartoon fans of many ages." – Booklist

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Selfish, short-tempered, unscrupulous, stubborn, and willing to do anything to get what he wants"—that's King Ethelbert, the pint-size monarch of the nation of Portocristo in Trondheim's hilarious series of illustrated stories, originally serialized between 2001 and 2004. Ethelbert rules the way any six-year-old would—requiring his chef to build gigantic sundaes so he can eat just one bite, demanding to see Santa Claus in person, passing a law that makes him the automatic winner of all television game shows ("The King of Portocristo ran his country as a pig might an aircraft carrier," writes his court biographer). Even his good intentions end up going spectacularly wrong, as when he decides to make amends to the parents of his kingdom for a botched plan by sending each family a live alligator ("That way, parents will be able to make fashionable backpacks for their children." An ongoing competition with his cousin Sigismund for the hand of the wealthy Princess Hildegardina provides a bit of continuity to the chapters, but by and large it is a collection of brief, stand-alone episodes, rendered in a quirky visual style that channels a blend of The Pink Pantherand John Kricfalusi. Ages 8-up. (May)

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VOYA - Tim Capehart
What if the country were run by a spoiled brat? No, that is not the first line of a political joke; it is the premise of these twelve graphic stories first published in France between 2001 and 2004. Six-year-old Ethelbert is king of the tiny country of Portocristo, and he acts just as one would expect a parentless, rich second grader with plentiful servants to act. He is selfish, demanding, easily bored, and often not too bright, but he also is creative. He decrees all game-show prizes should be awarded to him rather than to the rightful winners. He replaces all of the youth in the kingdom with robotic replicas of himself. He demands that a biography be written about him and sets out to do biography-worthy things. He also competes against his annoying cousin Sigismund in a royal car race for a large inheritance, but most important, for the attentions of the fabulously rich Princess Hildagardina. Nothing turns out quite like he expects, but he does not seem to notice (usually thanks to the enabling hard work of Miss Prime Minister). Right along the lines of this publisher's Sardine series, this book seems ready-made for a television series on Nickelodeon, right next to Fairly Odd Parents or Dexter's Lab. There is a smattering of toilet humor and some of the vocabulary might require dictionaries, but tweens will enjoy the book for the hour that it takes to read it.
Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
King Ethelbert can do anything he wants to do. Absolutely no one can tell him "No." That is because he is a six-year-old King. Unfortunately, he is nasty to everyone, and he enjoys telling people off. His rudeness is unbelievable. Worse, Ethelbert has no problem cheating if it serves his purpose. Still, no matter what he tries to do something goes wrong. This volume includes twelve independent stories, each of which describes a situation in which King Ethelbert has an idea and insists on getting what he wants. In one story, he demands his chef makes nothing but desserts for Christmas dinner. In another, he wants to win at everything, so he passes a law stating that only he will be the winner of all television game shows. In another, Santa Claus becomes so fed up that he spanks Ethelbert. What a picture that is for children, Santa spanking a child! In the last story, the King and a little girl are listening to a tutor who is giving an anatomy lesson about the mouth and how it works. The King's was asks her: "Can I have your daughter's head cut open the same way as your picture to see if what you are saying is true?" I read this book several times and could not get past the fact that the actions of this six-year-old King are going to be read by young kids. I could not determine the purpose of the book, and I did not find it entertaining. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal

Gr 4 Up
This collection of 12 short, interconnected stories will delight readers. Tiny child-king Ethelbert is spoiled and difficult, expecting to have his every whim fulfilled-or else. He's bored by books ("Didn't a single one of my ancestors every play video games?") and totally selfish ("I just passed a new law that says I can win all of the game shows"). He's rude to the prime minister, nanny, butler, cook, and everyone else. In the end, though, he becomes a hero. The dynamic cartoons are filled with details and riddled with humor; most pages have between six and eight small pictures. The text, all in dialogue balloons, is equally tiny. This title will have wide appeal. It's young and accessible enough for elementary-grade kids, but teens will also be charmed by the rascally king.
—Esther KellerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Taking child spoilage to a whole new level, six-year-old King Ethelbert performs some world-class acting out in these 12 graphic-format misadventures. With no parents around to say him nay, Ethelbert takes great delight in watching all of the grownups scrambling to deliver whatever he demands, from an elephant-sized sundae to having all of the children in the kingdom replaced with robot replicas of him. Not only, though, do his notions rarely turn out quite as planned, but those grownups are smart enough to outmaneuver him at need-and even deliver a few counter-pranks of their own. Though the small pictures and truly tiny typeface will challenge all but the most acute eyes, the retro '60s-style art perfectly conveys the slapstick action and sly tone of this import. Calvin and Hobbes fans will be particularly delighted. (Graphic fiction. 9-11)

Product Details

First Second
Publication date:
Ethelbertosaurus Series, #1
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
7.59(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

A phenomenally prolific and well-regarded artist and writer, Lewis Trondheim has published more than 35 books in the last ten years. He is one of the leading figures in French comics, and is a co-founder of the alternative publishing house L'Association. Hilarious and caustic, he has a huge international following.

Fabrice Parme has illustrated two books by Lewis Trondheim. He has a background in animation, and his drawings have been published in magazines throughout France.

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