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I’M BAD! by Kate McMullan Kirkus Star


by Kate McMullan & illustrated by Jim McMullan

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: May 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-122971-8
Publisher: Joanna Cotler/HarperCollins

“Are you BAD? / I’m REALLY bad. / Scare-the-tails-off-all-the-other-dinosaurs / BAD.” This T. rex has bad breath, a swivel neck and “triple-digit, / kick-a-whomper / STOMPERS.” After checking off a few more of his stats, he admits he’s very hungry. He chases flyers but they get away. He can’t catch the runners; they’re too fast. Even the little fuzzies escape. He sees a triceratops on the hoof, but it has backup. This big baddie is going to starve! Flip up that gatefold . . . and there’s his mom with some dino “takeout.” The formula isn’t new, but here McMullans have not only added an alliterative, rhythmic gem to their list of crowd-pleasers, they’ve also created an endearingly flawed character in this dino, who’s sure to please any thunder-lizard lover. From the bright, heavy-lined watercolors to the braggadocio kids will revel in, this is an easy choice for multiple-copy purchases. (Picture book. 3-8)