The Whopper – Rebecca Ashdown


       The Whopper – Rebecca Ashdown, Templar Books, (9780763692919), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book? When a little boy named Percy tells a lie he finds a little blue creature is his room: “‘You told a big, hairy, monstrous lie,’ said the creature. ‘It was a whopper. I am your whopper!’” The personified whopper grows as Percy’s lie does.  Finally it consumes him and takes his place until Percy confesses. When the truth is told, the whopper disappears. The brightly colored mixed media illustrations keep the story from being scary as does the depiction of fuzzy blue non-threatening whopper.  This is a perfect story to share when trying to teach honesty.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a story that would be useful to parents dealing with children not telling the truth.  A good read aloud for units on honesty.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:       8/13/17             

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