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My Big Lie (A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers) Paperback – May 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Series: Little Bill (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590521616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590521611
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-3-Cosby continues his easy-reader series with this story within a story. Little Bill retells the traditional "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and relates how he has been banished to his room for making up a "BIG FIB" to cover up his tardiness. Once he confesses and sees himself in the folktale, he realizes that he deserves his parent's anger and punishment. Cosby's comic sense is not clearly in evidence in this didactic story, but he does meet the increasing demand by adults for children's books that illustrate moral issues. The sophistication of this book is found in Honeywood's collage illustrations. The artist's skilled use of flat color creates vibrant pictures that convey drama and emotion that are anything but flat.
Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, NE
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

The legendary comedian, author, and activist Bill Cosby continues to be as prolific and relevant as ever, reaching every generation and every audience since he began his career in stand-up four decades ago. He is one of the most influential performers of the second half of the 20th century. He has had an unparalleled career in television; has sold more record albums than any other comedian; his blockbuster books have sold millions of copies; and his generous support of numerous charities, particularly in the field of education, have endowed many Americans with the gift of hope and learning. Through his groundbreaking appearances on television, particularly in two landmark series each of which defined an American decade, Bill Cosby has touched the lives of millions of Americans. In the 1960s, "I Spy" broke the racial barrier in television by featuring Cosby as the first-ever black lead of a weekly dramatic series. In the 1980s, Cosby returned to television with a show that Coretta Scott King described as "the most positive portrayal of black family life that has ever been broadcast." "The Cosby Show" enjoyed years of number-one ratings and nearly unanimous critical praise.

Cosby's success on television has been matched in other areas. In 1986 he broke Radio City Music Hall's 53-year-old attendance record for his concert appearance. Cosby's also a giant in the publishing world. Fatherhood (1986) became one of the fastest-selling hardcover book of all time, remaining for more than half of its fifty-four weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List as Number 1. It has sold 2.6 million hardcover copies and 1.5 million paperbacks. Time Flies had the largest single first printing in publishing history--1.75 million. Now, I Am What I Ate,and I'm Frightened. A crusader throughout his career for a better world, his great success in the world of entertainment is complemented by his involvement with a host of charity organizations, making substantial gifts in support of education, most notably to predominantly black colleges and to various social service and civil rights organizations. On the evolution of his own style of comedy, Bill Cosby states that he was drawn at an early age to the masters of jazz, learning to emulate in comedy their ability to take an idea and continually find new and innovative ways of expressing the same theme. The legacy of Bill Cosby's comedic genius is as sweet, meaningful and universal as any piece of music ever played.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Denise Linley on April 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
Every year my students have a choice of choosing a book from the stack of 'Little Bill' books, and this one is always the first one they pick. The moral of this story is one that not only teachers wish to inflict, but parents, as well. It has a great way of introducing THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF story into the classroom. I also enjoyed how it introduced a way to discuss the definition of a "fib". This book was great for my students because we were able to explore in more detail the meaning of true "trust". I recommend this book to every teacher and every parent of elementary aged children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Mahon on March 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
I teach first grade. My students love this book because the children in this book are just like them! I like the book because it is easy for them to read, has great pictures, and is in the form of a short chapter book so they feel they are smart readers. I also like the morals and lessons in the book. This book and other Little Bill books are great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Tipping on July 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
The story starts off with Little Bill imagining he's the boy from The Boy Who Cried Wolf because his parents are making him copy it because he lied. He says how tending sheep is BORING, so he cries wolf to spice things up (and the rest of the story is told too). Then Little Bill tells you what he did (which I think is a little backwards. I would have told what he did, THEN talk about The Boy Who Cried Wolf as he makes connections between the two, but no connections are made until the end.)

The lie he tells is that he's late coming home because a man wanted directions so he GOT IN THE CAR with him to show him the way. OMG! That could be a conversation starter to talk about NOT doing that I suppose. However, he messes up in his story, so his parents KNOW he's lying the whole time.

Then Little Bill says that the boy in the story lost people's trust. He then asks them, do you still trust me? (Even though he never REALLY deceived them at all) and they INSTANTLY say, "Yes we trust you." The book doesn't say, trust takes time to mend and build. Nope, instantly they still trust him. That's taking The Boy Who Cried Wolf and totally ruining the message!

Just read The Boy Who Cried Wolf instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Webb on December 15, 2013
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I'd rather just read "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" to my 5 and 6-year-old grandchildren. This book is a bit too long for a read-aloud, and younger kids may be a bit confused by the use of the first person storyteller. You still have to have the discussion about honesty and trust after reading either this book or "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." The Cosby book would do well, however, for the beginning reader for whom it is actually intended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By messyjessy on September 6, 2012
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It is a Bill Cosby book...what can you NOT like about Bill Cosby? Not much. And this book was very important lesson in helping teach my little child how not to lie.
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