King Hugo's Huge Ego

King Hugo's Huge Ego

by Chris Van Dusen


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From a master of visual comedy comes the royally satisfying tale of a head swollen out of proportion and a blowhard brought down to earth. 

Hugo is a tiny king with a very large ego. But when he mistreats a villager who also happens to be a sorceress, the spell she casts causes his head to literally swell. The more he boasts, the bigger it gets, until it finally topples the mini monarch right off his castle! Who will cut this royal pain down to size? And, more important, will anyone live happily ever after? Chris Van Dusen’s hilarious story is matched only by his outrageous illustrations. Together, they make for a picture book that is sometimes fairy tale, sometimes cautionary tale, and always laugh-out-loud funny.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763650049
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 215,914
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD920L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 6 Years

About the Author

Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of The Circus Ship and the illustrator of the best-selling Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo. About King Hugo’s Huge Ego, he says, “Arrogance is a trait I’ve always deplored, and yet I have to admit that sometimes my own ego can become a bit inflated. Luckily I have a wonderful wife who acts as a ‘Tessa’ to my occasional ‘Hugo.’ ” Chris Van Dusen lives in Maine with his family.

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King Hugo's Huge Ego 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
ASKier on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There's no shortage of self-esteem promoting books in children's literature. Van Dusen offers a refreshing alternative via Hugo, a small king whose power has gone to his head--quite literally after a trampled-upon sorceress pronounces a head-bloating curse on the rude royal. The rhyming text will appeal to younger listeners, though readers may find the text awkward in at least a couple of spots (e.g., "His Speech of Adoration/was scheduled as before,/but when he reached the tower,/he could not fit through the door!"). Still, it's the illustrations which clearly steal the show in this one, brilliantly presented from varying perspectives. Adults and children will laugh out loud at the humorously depicted big-headed, little-bodied king as he bounces his way back to humility. Perfect for story hour!
madamepince on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are work with the text to tell the story. The rhyming text flows. I'll be interested to get students' feedback when I read this story about a braggart.
davidpwhelan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book's title is a good indicator of the fun your children will have reading this story by Chris van Dusen. His illustrations are bright and attractive alongside a clever rhyming text. Van Dusen explains ego and then uses King Hugo as an example. Our 5 year old took to the story right away, enjoying King Hugo's swelling head and his resulting downfall. The illustrations van Dusen uses to accompany the story almost tell the tale itself, making it a good book for young picture-only readers as well as those who are just beginning to read and build their vocabulary. Look for the strange gentleman in the 50's-ish pork pie hat in the crowd!
kimpiddington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this rhyming tale with a moral! Would be a great read aloud for younger students.
paeonia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Early Reviewers. A charming tale told in rhyme about a diminutive king with an inflated ego who gets his comeuppance. The illustrations are full of interesting detail - as a gardener I enjoyed the topiary - and the story is slight but entertaining. The vocabulary is challenging but does not hinder understanding the story.
spartyliblover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A silly and funny rhyming book about the consequences of having a large ego. King Hugo doesn't know when he's gone to far thinking and say how great he is, even when he isn't all that great. A poor witch curses him to make his head swell whenever he bragged about himself. I loved the illustrations and the text. Emerging readers will be able to pick up clues from the pictures and the rhymes will help things to flow. A great addition to a picture book collection.
zeebreez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Van Dusen, Chris. King Hugo's Huge Ego. New York: Candlewick Press, 2011. This humorous story is about a very proud king who boasts about himself. He goes too far with a maiden in the kingdom and she puts a curse on him. Each time he boasts his head gets bigger. The illustrations are cute and colorful. The message is clear: boasting gives you a big head. This would be a good story to teach children to be humble and to consider others and their feelings. Age group: 6-9 years.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hugo was a very short king with a big ego. He made his people listen to him talk about how wonderful he was for hours. He made his people bow to him each time he walked past. A peasant girl, Tess, was walking down the road with a heavy load. Hugo was behind her and his servants ordered her to move off the road. Tess told the king to go around her. This infuriated the king and the servants bumped Tess into the gutter. Tess, it turns out, is a witch, She was so angry with the king that she put a spell on him, making his head grow every time he thought about how wonderful he was. His head grew and grew and grew, until he floated off the castle walls and fell into the mud. Who should come along but Tess?! She tweaked his ears and out of his head came all the haughty things Hugo had thought about himself for so many years until his head returned to normal size and he felt embarrassed at himself and apologized. Tess and Hugo, of course, fell in love and married.Fabulously expressive illustrations. Rhyming text.¿King Hugo¿s head deflatedlike a giant pink balloon,and when he heard what he had said,he felt like a buffoon.Sheepishly he said to her,`I do apologize.¿Then he looked at Texxawith his big, sad puppy eyes.¿
PitcherBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A thoroughly humorous and enjoyable picture book. Tiny King Hugo does have a stupendously huge ego and he's a bit thoughtless and rude besides. But he's not an altogether bad sort just ... unaware. When he is rude to witch she places a curse that his head will grow a bit every time he praises himself. And even then he admires his constantly growing head finding it hugely magnificent! Until.. well... circumstances, weather and the witch intervene again. Of course, he eventually learns his lesson and all ends well. This would be a rollicking fun read-aloud. And for a story with a moral, I can't think of a more fun way to learn :-)The bright, vivid art goes well with the one to two quatrains per page.[Disclaimer. Book received as an Advance Reading Copy in exchange for book review]
missbrandysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
King Hugo loves himself so much he makes his town listen to him talk for hours. But one day as he's taking a ride in his carriage he pushes a woman holding a bundle of hay off the road. The woman is actually a sorceress and casts a spell on him. Every time he says something egotistical his head grows larger until it's so large he topples off his castle and begins crying. He apologizes to the sorceress and they end up falling in love and getting married.Cute for my students. Love the rhyming verse. And the illustrations are fantastic!
Businessbookjunkie More than 1 year ago
The storyline and illustrations in this book are outstanding. I couldn't help but laugh out loud as I was reading it. It also sends a message that has been lost in reminding children it is not good to get too full of themselves. The book is delightful. I bought several copies as gifts.