The Wicked Big Toddlah Goes To New York

The Wicked Big Toddlah Goes To New York

by Kevin Hawkes
     
 

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The world's largest toddler is back in a wickedly funny and outrageous sequel to The Wicked Big Toddlah.

Toddie and his parents are just your average Maine family taking a trip to New York City. Sure, things are a little different for wicked big Toddie—he can pick up a fire truck and paddle over to the Statue of Liberty.

But when Toddie

Overview

The world's largest toddler is back in a wickedly funny and outrageous sequel to The Wicked Big Toddlah.

Toddie and his parents are just your average Maine family taking a trip to New York City. Sure, things are a little different for wicked big Toddie—he can pick up a fire truck and paddle over to the Statue of Liberty.

But when Toddie accidentally gets separated from his parents and ends up lost, he acts just like any other baby would act—he's scared and he wants his Ma! Will Toddie be reunited with his parents?

Kevin Hawkes once again proves his versatility as both a talented artist and a gifted storyteller in this hilarious sequel that is equally easily enjoyed on its own.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this sequel to The Wicked Big Toddlah, about a humongous boy from rural Maine, Hawkes imagines a family vacation to Manhattan. Wide-eyed, cheerful Toddie, who stands several stories tall, travels to the city atop a train. As in the original, Hawkes's humor depends on Toddie's size and his parents' bumpkin observations and accents: Toddie marvels at the "staaahs!" on the ceiling of Grand Central Terminal, and his Pa proclaims Times Square "busier than Rupert's Bait Shop on Memorial Day weekend!" With so much to do, Toddie and his parents lose track of one another ("I thought you had him," a worried Ma says to Pa). In a perhaps inevitable King Kong allusion, Toddie climbs the Empire State Building, wearing his hunting cap and clutching an F.A.O. Schwarz teddy. "Ma! Pa! Where ahyah?" he hollers, and the family soon reunites. Hawkes pairs caricaturish sketches of Toddie with gorgeous blue summer skies and skillful renderings of iconic landmarks. This reprise might have taken greater advantage of Manhattan and Maine insider jokes, yet some New Englanders will feel a quaint kinship with the Paul Bunyanesque boy. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews

Still called "Toddie" (though now he looks more like a preschoolah), the Bunyanesqe Mainer first met in The Wicked Big Toddlah (2007) tours the Big Apple—both with and without his normal-sized parents. Awed by the city's scale even though he himself is tall enough to brush Grand Central Station's starry ceiling, Toddie enjoys a Yankees game ("HOMAAH!") but loses his parents when the train they are on pulls out during a moment of distraction. He suffers momentary pangs but then enjoys an afternoon playing in Central Park and environs with ant-sized fellow urchins. At last he does the King Kong thing to find his errant custodians (who get all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge before they realize they have lost their towering son). The next morning he wades out to the Statue of Liberty before taking a seat on (literally) the train home. Hawkes decks his gargantuan tourist out in loud summer casuals topped by a red buffalo-plaid wool cap, surrounds him with crowds that take even less notice of him than his parents do and finishes off the lark with a bit of goofery as Toddie is forced to return a certain oversized "souvenir." A memorable excursion for city residents and would-be tourists alike. (Picture book. 5-7)

School Library Journal
PreS-K—In a follow up to The Wicked Big Toddlah (Knopf, 2007), Hawkes takes his young giant to the Big Apple where his size seems to attract little notice. The story begins on the endpapers with Toddie astride a train, a look of high expectation on his face. Grand Central Station, Times Square, and Yankee Stadium fill the boy with amazement, but when his parents seemingly disappear in the crowds, he bursts into tears. At first, he is distracted by friendly children and a visit to the Museum of Natural History (where his height allows him to pet the dinosaurs' heads), but he soon finds himself alone. His solution? He climbs the Empire State Building and shouts "MA! PA! WHERE AHYAH?" Following a happy reunion, the trio takes in one more sight before heading home. The gleam in Toddie's eye as he carries the Staten Island Ferry across the bay to the Statue of Liberty suggests the "wicked" boy's next prank. Sure enough, the final pages show Miss Liberty in Toddie's backyard in Maine. Final endpapers put things to right as, with NYPD helicopters overhead, the Statue, tied securely atop a train, heads back where she belongs. Hawkes effectively handles the perspective of the boy's size in relation to other characters and to the hugeness of the depicted buildings; however, the tall tale is little more than a vehicle to showcase Manhattan landmarks. Readers east of the Hudson as well as those intrigued with the Toddlah's early adventures will be the book's biggest audience.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375861888
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
787,559
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

KEVIN HAWKES is the author and illustrator of The Wicked Big Toddlah and is the illustrator of many well-loved books for young readers including My Little Sister Ate One Hare and My Little Sister Hugged an Ape; And to Think that We Thought That We'd Never Be Friends; The Road to Oz; and Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly.

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