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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books; 1 Reprint edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440417880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440417880
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.3 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—One snowy day in Maine, the stork delivers an enormous newborn to an astounded family. Narrated in a laconic New Englander's style by his sister, this episodic look at the gigantic baby's first year of life is milked for every ounce of its illustrative worth. Diaper changing requires hazmat suits, fire hoses, and talcum powder dispensed via helicopter; knitting hats and booties for the nipper sends a kindly lady with bandaged hands into catatonia; real boats become the toys in each ocean bath, and eating ice cream means swallowing the truck as well as its wares. Each lush spread in Hawkes's characteristic style uses space and perspective to particular advantage as it focuses on the wicked big toddlah. The many bits of visual humor will keep youngsters poring back and forth over the pages. Though the plot is thin, the sheer exuberance of the pictures and title character will keep children's imaginations stoked with the big-time possibilities of life as a giant.—Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI
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When a baby is born in Maine, his uncle says, "That's a wicked big toddlah ya got theyah!" Big? Gigantic is more like it. Known as Toddie, the baby has fingers as big as some of the relatives. It takes two people to give him his bottle. And changing his diaper . . . let's just say forklifts, hoses, and women in Hazmat suits are involved. There's no real story here, just double-page spreads of Toddie and the Lilliputians who are trying to take care of him or, just as likely, getting out of his way. The artwork is terrific. Using woodsy Maine, with its cobalt skies and azure waters, as background, Hawkes finds a way to make Toddie endearing and a little frightening at the same time. Kids will be fascinated when his huge head peeks over a hill or when he crawls about at Thanksgiving, yelling "Hihowaahya?!!" as tiny grannies and little cousins scatter to the winds. Ilene Cooper
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It's a quick read, well illustrated, and captures my baby's attention.
Typophile
For anyone with a connection to Maine and a toddlah of their own, they'll love this.
J. E. Clinton
I have to admit that I think I love this book more than my 2 year old does.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bak7177 on October 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Wow! I read these reviews because I am planning on buying it after renting it at the library for my 1.5 & 2.5 year-old children, who, by the way, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! I think they got a lot more out of the silly humor, and (to adress a previous reviewer) believe it or not, never asked me why it didn't actually show the maple syrup being produced. If they wanted that, I would read them a book about maple syrup production (to put them to sleep). Oh, and they didn't notice that the hat wasn't knitted, either. We read lots of books, like "Hippos Go Berserk", and I didn't feel the need to explain to them that hippos don't actually talk, or dial phones, or throw parties. I am so glad you are not my children's teacher! The whole family enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit that I think I love this book more than my 2 year old does. As a native New Englander, I love all of the humorous details in the illustrations that I know my own "toddlah" does not quite get yet. I would highly recommend this book as a fun read for the whole family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Harris on August 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've admired Kevin Hawkes' illustrations for years, and now he's brought his wit and intelligene the the writing as well. Wicked Big Toddlah holds pages of funny observations and opportunities to search for more jokes in the drawings. A wicked Good Read.
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By J. E. Clinton on December 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Not sure what a "corker" is, but my grandfather used to compliment my grandmother that way, so I'll say the same for this book. Most of my family still lives in Maine and this book is a sweet way to help connect my wicked big toddlah to that part of his world. It was a great find - terrifically detailed and expressive illustrations that reveal something new almost every time we read it. My two-year-old loves it when Toddie goes camping, as it reminds him of his grandparents' lake home. The text is cheeky - my son loves to echo, "Hihowahya!" and I like all of Uncle Bert's exclaimations (and bagpipe 'lullaby'). For anyone with a connection to Maine and a toddlah of their own, they'll love this. We can't wait for Toddie's next adventure.
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By Jason Kirkfield VINE VOICE on September 7, 2009
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Should be required reading for children whose parents are from New England, especially ones who don't live there anymore and can't hear that great Downeast accent. Bonus points for you 'nards out there!

A very unique book by a longtime children's book illustrator.

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Edited to add:
I also reviewed How to Talk Yankee by Gerald E. Lewis
How to Talk Yankee
http://www.amazon.com/review/R3JNHU2FUI6GP1/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

It might be a handy companion to The Wicked Big Toddlah!
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Format: Hardcover
Overall this book will please readers young and old; it's great at providing entertainment and a good chuckle for all ages. I would guess this book is aimed at children aged 4-8 but I read it with my 3 year old and he seemed to like the big baby described in the pages of this book with the interesting pictures that brought this story to life. This baby gets lots of attention and love just like our kiddos do too. This is a really fun one.
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Want to see what life is like in Maine? Here it is in playful text and images done by Maine native Kevin Hawkes.
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By BHS on February 22, 2013
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Kevin is one of our FAV illustrators and to have a book he wrote and drew is just plain awesome - my kids LOVED the hilarity of the toddler, and we spend most of our time in the spring mud season... finding all and who is stuck to Toddie thanks to the syrup! This is just a great book to laugh at and enjoy with your little ones!
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