THE BIGNESS CONTEST by Florence Parry Heide

THE BIGNESS CONTEST

Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Beasley, a huge hippopotamus, would like to be best at something, but with his ungainly bulk he's a loser at gymnastics and running. When Aunt Emerald encourages him to find something at which he can excel, he decides to become the biggest hippo-- not by exercising but by gorging on cake and ice cream. He wins, only to realize that his cousin Borofil is both bigger and lazier. So now Beasley ``works'' at becoming the laziest hippo, lying in the river for hours on end; and when he does win the laziness contest that his aunt accommodatingly sets up, he's too lazy even to smile. Heide's brisk narration is certainly meant to be tongue-in-cheek, and Chess's illustrations of fat, pink, loosely clothed hippos are comic caricatures of their human counterparts. Even so, the parody falls flat. It's a shame to spend so much talent on such an unfortunate premise. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-316-35444-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1994




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