Tiny Tyrant The Ethelbertosaurus
Written by Lewis Trondheim
Illustrated by Mark Siegel, Fabrice Parme
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Tiny Tyrant The Ethelbertosaurus by Lewis TrondheimThe Tiny Tyrant returns: bigger and better than ever in our new, kid-friendly format.Though he has a handful of advisors, this miniscule monarch is the one who calls the shots - demanding to see Santa Claus (to ask if he really has to eat a balanced diet), testing out his new bodyguard by putting a price on his own head, and replacing all the kids in the kingdom with robot doubles of his own royal self!This rambunctious royal's adventures were previously published in a smaller trim size, receiving great reviews and delighting children all over the US: now, Ethelbert is back, in a larger and more kid-friendly size. This single volume offers the first six stories from the original book - great reading for kids just getting into chapter books. A real treat for classic cartoon fans of many ages. - Booklist
, from meeting Santa to winning all contests automatically to receiving sundaes six times larger than himself, is immediately fulfilled. Although the Prime Minister tries to rein in some of his excesses, even she is ultimately powerless when Ethelbert is determined.The stories, each illustrated comic-book-style with panels set against multi-hued backgrounds (a different shade for each entry), are stand-alone episodes in the monarchy of Portocristo, although an ongoing competition between Ethelbert and his much wealthier cousin Sigismund provides continuity, as does Ethelbert's absolute disinterest in personal growth or change. The adventures of the tiny king are outrageous and humorous on their own, and the brief stories pair beautifully with Parme's equally exaggerated and amusing illustrations in a style clearly inspired by the 1960s television animation such as 'The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.
's giant-headed cartoon king, crown miraculously balanced way back on his head to make room for his impressive pompadour, suggests a character so lively and visually memorable that he could easily be the focus of his own animated short. Young readers will thrill to see their id-inspired impulses all fulfilled through Ethelbert, while older graphic-novel fans will appreciate the subtle political humor played out through the hapless adults who must endure their tyrant king.'
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3rd July 2009
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