The Ugly Dumpling

The Ugly Dumpling


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938063671
Publisher: Mighty Media, Inc.
Publication date: 04/07/2016
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 591,040
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 2 - 8 Years

About the Author

Stephanie Campisi is an Australian-born, Portland-based author and dumpling aficionado. She has combined her passion for food and love of wordplay into her debut picture book, The Ugly Dumpling.

Shahar Kober is an award-winning illustrator of over thirty children's books. He lives in a small town in northern Israel with his wife, two boys, a dog, and a cat. Shahar graduated with a degree in illustration from the Shenkar College of Design in 2005. Currently, he is a freelance illustrator and teaches illustration for animation at The Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design in Israel. His work has been published in the USA, the UK, France, Germany, South Korea, Singapore, and Israel. In addition to The Ugly Dumpling, Shahar has also illustrated Chicken in Space (HarperCollins 2016).

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The Ugly Dumpling 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Synopsis- An ugly dumpling is upset. It doesn’t look like any of the other dumplings, and it is ignored. But one day, a kindly cockroach stops by and shows shows the Ugly Dumpling the world. And what does the ugly dumpling see? A lot of ugly dumplings! In fact, they aren’t even dumplings! He realizes he is a beautiful steamed bun – just like all the other beautiful steamed bun! The ugly dumpling is overjoyed, but when the other steamed buns see the cockroach they are HORRIFIED! Soon the Ugly Dumpling realizes he is really not like the other steamed buns and that is a good thing. What I Thought- This is a wonderful book about being different and embracing that. The ugly dumpling is upset that it is different. Once he finds others like him, he realizes they are not truly like him. The book also has a beautiful message of friendship between the ugly dumpling and the cockroach. The Ugly Dumpling gives back to the cockroach, what she gave to him – a feeling of self-worth. The illustrations give you that nice warm feeling, with a good amount of cuteness and bright colors tossed in. It is a fun story (especially as a fractured fairytale) about how it doesn’t matter what you look like. I believe that kids will really like the book, and that it would make a nice bedtime story. *NOTE* I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book
CBrownTX More than 1 year ago
Have you ever felt less than yourself or like you don't fit in? In this fractured tale, being an outsider captures the ugly feeling once told in the Ugly Duckling. But there's a major difference here. The Ugly Dumpling himself does the casting out, as well as the exploring and self discovery. In a world where so many are trapped inside doubt and even mental illness, this self exploration is worthy of applause. And it makes it a little easier to do it with a friend. Who'd have thought that a cockroach and an anthropomorphic food could bring subtle undertones of mixed race relationships? Even though the story is light-hearted and humorous, too, deep meaning awaits underneath.