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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780763650049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763650049
  • ASIN: 0763650048
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 10 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Readers are treated to a terrific mélange of satire, slapstick, and caricature, all served up with expert comic timing. Van Dusen (The Circus Ship) may be puncturing the myth of infallible monarchy, but readers will have no trouble pledging obeisance to his comic majesty. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of THE CIRCUS SHIP and the illustrator of the best-selling MERCY WATSON books by Kate DiCamillo. About KING HUGO'S HUGE EGO, he says, "Arrogance is a trait I’ve always deplored, and yet I have to admit that sometimes my own ego can become a bit inflated. Luckily I have a wonderful wife who acts as a Tessa to my occasional Hugo." Chris Van Dusen lives in Maine with his family.

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Both my 2.5 year old and almost 4 year old love this book.
Jodi Helffenstein
Older children and adults will enjoy reading it to the little ones, and the little ones will pick up some good, entertaining words.
J. Grambo
Once again Chris Van Dusen has created a witty story with incredible illustrations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Carey on August 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Chris Van Dusen is our five-year-old son's favorite author. The new book had him in fits of laughter, and he particularly loved the animals looking on as the king blundered along. The illustrations are, just as in The Circus Ship, gorgeous and full of interesting detail. The rhyming verse is very catchy and my son has already memorized it to read along. We highly recommend all Van Dusen's books!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Hugo was a very short king with a big ego. He made his people listen to him talk about how wonderful he was for hours. He made his people bow to him each time he walked past. A peasant girl, Tess, was walking down the road with a heavy load. Hugo was behind her and his servants ordered her to move off the road. Tess told the king to go around her. This infuriated the king and the servants bumped Tess into the gutter.

Tess, it turns out, is a witch, She was so angry with the king that she put a spell on him, making his head grow every time he thought about how wonderful he was. His head grew and grew and grew, until he floated off the castle walls and fell into the mud. Who should come along but Tess?!

She tweaked his ears and out of his head came all the haughty things Hugo had thought about himself for so many years until his head returned to normal size and he felt embarrassed at himself and apologized. Tess and Hugo, of course, fell in love and married.

Fabulously expressive illustrations. Rhyming text. And absolutely, side-splittingly hilarious.

"King Hugo's head deflated
like a giant pink balloon,
and when he heard what he had said,
he felt like a buffoon.

Sheepishly he said to her,
`I do apologize.'
Then he looked at Texxa
with his big, sad puppy eyes."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David P. Whelan on August 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The book's title is a good indicator of the fun your children will have reading this story by Chris van Dusen. His illustrations are bright and attractive alongside a clever rhyming text. Van Dusen explains ego and then uses King Hugo as an example. Our 5 year old took to the story right away, enjoying King Hugo's swelling head and his resulting downfall. The illustrations van Dusen uses to accompany the story almost tell the tale itself, making it a good book for young picture-only readers as well as those who are just beginning to read and build their vocabulary. Look for the strange gentleman in the 50's-ish pork pie hat in the crowd!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Grambo on August 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
King Hugo thought a lot of himself -- so much so that he annoyed everyone he met. But when he bullied a lady who happened to be a sorceress, she put a spell on him to make his head grow whenever he acted conceited. Of course, King Hugo's head started growing. And growing. He thought his big head was just fine until one day it blew away like a balloon in a high wind.

An amusing rhyme story, illustrated by the author in bright, splashy colors and an almost-cartoonish style that will appeal to all ages. I'm delighted that the author did not limit his vocabulary to the preschool level. Older children and adults will enjoy reading it to the little ones, and the little ones will pick up some good, entertaining words. Ages 4-10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey K. Leblanc on August 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
We are huge Chris Van Dusen fans in our house. My two year old loves his books and as a parent, they are a joy to read out loud. We have all the Mr. Magee books, Randy Riley, If I Built a House/Car, the Circus Ship, and now King Hugo's Huge Ego. It's become one of her favorites, and we've read it probably close to 100 times by now. (I can recite most of his books from memory because we read them so often!) This book (about a tiny king with a huge ego who learns a lesson from the village sorceress) is what we have come to expect from Mr. Van Dusen - gorgeous, detailed illustrations with a funny story and whimsical rhymes. My daughter also LOVES that Mr. Magee is hiding on one of the pages. (We've also spotted him in the If I Built a House/Car books - what a cute surprise for the kids.) We can't wait for his next book to come out, and will continue to rotate King Hugo through our favorite bedtime books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Bakkila on March 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Explaining ego is a hard concept for kids who are very psychologically programmed to be self-centered, so the story has required some explaining. That's not against the story or the book at all, but ego isn't actually something physical a kid can touch (it has symptoms that are visible in behavior and things). However, VanDusen did a great job, and our 7 year old recently read The Emperor's New Clothes folk story at school and made the connection of egotistical/vain behavior.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on September 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
King Hugo was a small man in size, but he had a humongous ego. When he came across a sorceress, named Tessa, in his coach, he knocked her into a ditch. The sorceress cast a spell upon this "cocky" king. Back at the castle, with a gigantic, swollen head, he rolled out into the countryside to Tessa, only to find out that he had been a "buffoon." With a new attitude, King Hugo brought the sorceress back to his castle as his queen. Children ages 4-7 will laugh at the foolish antics of King Hugo, while learning the simple value of modesty.
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By Jean Duncan on April 16, 2014
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We liked this book, but we love his other books better. The Circus Ship is still our favorite! Still waiting for him to write some more books.
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