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Edwardo : The Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World

by John Burningham

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
32 pages
ISBN: 9780375840531

Ages 5-8

Edwardo is a regular kid. He eats, goes to school, plays, and goes to bed. He sometimes makes too much noise or a mess. But when Edwardo is told that kicking cats is a cruel thing to do, he is admonished as the cruelest boy in the whole wide world. When he forgets to wash himself, he is chastised as the dirtiest boy in the whole wide world. Hearing these negative superlatives, Edwardo soon becomes the cruelest, the dirtiest, the noisiest, the messiest, etc., boy, living up (or down) to each personís idea of him until he is the horriblest boy in the whole wide world. Then someone acknowledges something Edwardo does as being kind, which is the start of anotherómore positiveótransformation in a funny picture book illuminating the sometimes powerful and edgy relationship between language, self-perception, and behavior.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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