Kateand Jim McMullan have collaborated in their new book, I’m Bad. They share an informational narrative through the voice of a dinosaur. Oh, no any dinosaur – a “I’m REALLY bad” dinosaur, “scare-the-tails-off-all-the-other-dinosaurs BAD.” I love the voice that comes through this book; so will your kids! The dinosaur explains his physical features and appetite desires. The large illustrations give you a feel like you are watching a movie.
I was totally surprised when the dino isn’t able to capture his food. The design of the page is a lift up, to which you discover Mom. The dino who has been talking to you, the reader, is just a toddler dinosaur who is learning to hunt.
I cracked up at the scene of mom’s kill being dropped for her offspring. “Awright– takeout!!” Can’t you hear a kid say that?
Savorings for reading and in writing for I’m Bad:
- Persuasive – sharing all the ways the dino is bad
- Hyphenated words – “triple-digit, kick-a-whomper STOMPERS“
- Surprise ending – the dino is just a toddler
- Voice – speaks to the reader
“Did you just call me BABY ARMS? Long as yours, pal–
20 times stronger.
Think about it…. Are you BIG?”
(Warsaw Public Library)