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Kindergarten-Grade 3–Roger, a quirky, enthusiastic boy, is fascinated by the world around him. On the way to school, the clothes in a shop window catch his eye and he stops to exclaim over everything in the "fabulous" store. When he arrives late, his teacher yells at him, admonishing him to go straight home at the end of the day. Roger tries to obey, but he finds more "fabulous" things to shout about and doesn't get there until after dark. His parents are at a loss and end up sending him to bed and banning the word "fabulous" from the household. Roger wants to abide by their wishes, but during a family trip into town he is swept away by "a world too wondrous to ignore" and, in turn, leads the adults on a rollicking, adjective-filled journey through the streets until they come to understand and appreciate their "fabulous" son. Set several decades in the past, this silly but entertaining story is told in lilting rhyme and accompanied by expressive paintings rendered in subdued colors. Roger, with his red hair, eager face, and exuberant personality, fits right into the old-fashioned setting depicted in the artwork. This book offers a refreshing, optimistic message about appreciating the little things in life.–Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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"...Kids will always cotton to a character who marches to a different drummer-- especially one with a fabulous beat." -- Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press; Reprint edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582462240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582462240
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lesléa Newman is the author of 70 books for readers of all ages including the teen novel in verse, OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD; the middle grade novel, HACHIKO WAITS; the poetry collection, I CARRY MY MOTHER; the short story collection, A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK; and the children's books, A SWEET PASSOVER, THE BOY WHO CRIED FABULOUS, KETZEL, THE CAT WHO COMPOSED, and HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES. Her literary awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD was named an American Library Association 2013 Stonewall Honor Book, and A SWEET PASSOVER was named a 2013 Sydney Taylor Honor as well. A past poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, she is a faculty member of Spalding University's brief-residency MFA in Writing program. Her newest poetry collection, I CARRY MY MOTHER is a book-length cycle of poems that explores a daughter's journey through her mother's illness and death. From diagnosis through yahrtzeit (one-year anniversary), the narrator grapples with what it means to lose a mother. The poems, written in a variety of forms (sonnet, pantoum, villanelle, sestina, terza rima, haiku, and others) are finely crafted, completely accessible, and full of startling, poignant, and powerful imagery. These poems will resonant with all who have lost a parent, relative, spouse, friend, or anyone whom they dearly love.

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By A Customer on March 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This story is so enjoyable for both the reader and the listener! Parents will relate to the boy in the book who wastes time and is constantly late for everything and children will love the rhyme of the story and the repetitious use of the word "fabulous". The old-fashioned illustrations are charming and this is definitely a book my 4 year old and I will be reading for some time.
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This a beautifully illustrated book. I'm amazed at the amount of time that Peter must have spent illustrating this book. The story is great, but it is the illustrations that makes the book.
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Roger is a boy who understands the simple things in life, like a beautiful street and an interesting store. His parents and teacher, however, don't find him being late too fabulous. His outlook on life soon turns everybody around to his cheery point of view. As a children's bookseller, I see hundreds of new picture books every year, but this one definitely stands out, as fabulous!
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This is a book that is truly close to my heart. This story takes you on a colorful journey through the everyday world. The main character, Roger, points out all of the marvelous things that we pass by each day and perhaps are too busy to notice. Roger likes to have fun, and, though he has somewhat of a tardy presence, he enjoys life and stops to, as they say, "smell the roses". Sometimes we get so caught up in what's running through our heads that we miss out on all of the spectacular things in the world that are just waiting to be experienced. The illustrations are extraordinary, and the story is a trip with quite a few exciting detours. This is such a great book to read out loud. So remember, the next time you are late or have to be somewhere in a hurry; stop, take a look around, and notice all of those things that are just too FABULOUS to be ignored! Happy reading

Roger is known for being tardy, and he is used to getting into trouble because of it. But, even though he wants to behave and be on time, he can't seem to take his eyes off of the amazing things happening all around him. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the wondrous world with Roger!
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This book has become a staple in my classroom Reader's Workshop program. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great classroom read. Here are the reasons that I love this book:

1. The story is really cute. In this story a little boy who is different teaches everyone around him the meaning of not doing things the same way. I think that the moral of the story is very important. Too often younger children are taught to conform in every way.

2. I use this story to teach students how to come up with creative ways of saying words. In the story the boy says the word "fabulous" for everything in the beginning. However, by the end he has come up with some many more adjectives to describe things. This becomes a great lesson for my students who use the same words. By using different adjectives that are modeled in this story, they are able to come up with more fabulous words.

3. The illustrations are beautiful. I love looking at all of the detail in this book.

Whether you are a classroom teacher, parent or just lover of children's literature....get this book! It is fabulous.
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I bought this book for a friend of mine who's adolescent grandson has gay tendencies, and needed to see and read about similar behaviors; to encourage him to feel as if he wasn't "the only one"! It was such an innocent, subtle and non-suggestive read, that I would recommend it for any child. 2 Thumbs up to the authors for educating children about diversity!
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A story that touches on tolerance, but is mostly a rythmic happy count of a boy who takes the time to see his world and announce how "Fabulous" he thinks everything is. Very cute and fun book. Everyone should have it in their children's library.
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I love this book - its a very sweet story. I love the bright colors - definitely grabs a child's attention! Would definitely recommend.
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