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Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big (Storyopolis Books) Paperback – October 17, 2003

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Berkeley Breathed ("Bloom County") continues his successful second life as a first-rate children's storyteller. In the spirit of A Wish for Wings That Work and Red Ranger Came Calling, Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big celebrates Breathed's ample cartooning skill while incorporating a more weighty, atmospheric style to tell a simple story that makes intelligent use of both. Energetic, silly, "Bloom County"-esque caricatures provide contrast to some truly impressive set pieces, fat with color and playfully composed. And that's just the illustrations.

Edwurd's hilarious story is told by his overlooked little sister Fannie: "From a long line of liars, there's none higher upper... / Than my fibbing big brother, / The Edward Fudwupper." This accomplished yarn-spinner just can't seem to stop himself, "like the time he fibbed big / And told Ben and Dinky / That I had been borne by / A poodle named Stinky." But after an accident in the den with Mom's porcelain pig, Edwurd goes too far and implicates a couple of "passionate porkers" from Pluto. Soon the military arrives in full force, "with planes and with tanks and with loud whirligigs!" (Not to mention a very serious-looking helicopter with a banner encouraging the frightened populace below to "STAY CALM.") But this proves to be the least of Edwurd's worries, and in the end it's up to brave Fannie to save the day with a fib of her very own. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"From a long line of liars, there's none higher upper.../ Than my fibbing big brother,/ The Edwurd Fudwupper," laments Fannie, a timid girl with freckles and corkscrews of orange hair. She only wants some attention from Edwurd, a mutated Dennis the Menace with a red-striped shirt, monstrously large head and creepy grin. But Edwurd is too busy fabricating stories to be her friend. In a sequence too convoluted to recount fully, Edward breaks a ceramic pig, lies about the deed and draws hostile attention from a three-eyed alien whose purple potbelly could easily contain the entire Earth ("Oh, it was dreadful! A real world stopper!/ All from an Edwurd Fudwupper fat whopper!"). When Fannie tells a "fat fib" of her own and saves the planet, she finally earns Edwurd's affection. Breathed (A Wish for Wings That Work) alternates ink-and-watercolor caricatures with ultra-high-contrast images, but their caustic whites and poison greens exude an almost radioactive glow. The author may approach the meters of Dr. Seuss ("Who is this gnat? Point out where he's at!/ Show him to me and I'll swat him down flat!" says the alien), but the tone, like the art, is mean-spirited and unfunny. All ages. (Sept.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: Storyopolis Books
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (October 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316144258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316144254
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fannie Fudwupper's big brother is no ordinary big brother. Some little boys are good at baseball or basketball, but Edwurd's talent lies in his ability to craft the most outrageously creative fibs ever. One day he goes too far. He tells a fib so fantastic, so far-fetched, that it sends everyone--including the dog catcher, the air force, and even those two galaxies down--into a panic. Has the damage been done? Will Edwurd face certain punishment? Read the book, and find out. I did, and found a new favorite kids book! The wonderful illustrations and text come together to make a laugh-out-loud story for kids and adults. And parents will love the message--honesty IS the best policy.
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My son had his sixth birthday party yesterday and one of the presents was this book. Never having been a comic strip reader, I was unfamiliar with the author but found each page to be more engagaing and amazing than the one before. It's a very witty story but the jaw-dropping, realistic-yet-fantastic three-deminsional paintings had us spending more time on the picturs than the words. We read it not once, not twice, but three times last night. In just 24 hours we've become full-blown fans of this author and I just orderd two other books. Bet the Amazon.com stock bounces back just by people like me buying other Berkley Breathed children's books.
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Format: Hardcover
As a fan of Breathed's "Bloom County", I felt the urge to buy this book for my four years old daughter. She, her sister, her mother and her father love it.
The story is narrated by a frustrated girl who receives no attention from her brother "Edwurd", the biggest liar alive. One day, one of his lies goes too far, bringing even an upset creature from "just two galaxies down".
The illustrations are gorgeous, with the usual funny style of Breathed, in which characthers look as stretched by superior forces.
Regarding a complaint from another reviewer, here is the discussed dedication: "The author wishes to thank President Bill Clinton, without whose daily inspiration this particular story just plain wouldn't have come to mind".
That's it. I will not call it a "political statement", but just plain humor.
Highly recommended.
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By A Customer on May 2, 2003
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I ,unlike most of these reviewers, was not a fan of the cartoonist, infact, had never heard of him! I ordered this book with my 6 year old son in mind , and he absolutely loves this book! So much so, that I have also ordered "Goodnight Opus" and "The Last Basselope". I love the illustrations and so does my son. This is a fantastic boys book, if I could give it 6 stars I would, because my son loves it so much!My son took it to school and the principal has ordered it for the school library! I recommend it for children aged 5-8, maybe a little older, and of course their parents will also love it!THIS BOOK IS A CLASSIC!!!!!
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Here is the text of the dedication: "For Alyson"
What the person below is probably talking about is a short amount of text just above the copyright notice, "The author wishes to thank President Bill Clinton without whose daily inspiration this particular story just plain wouldn't have come to mind." Personally, I wouldn't categorize that as a political statement (excepting that it refers to a politician). If one's children are old enough to notice this, and old enough to wonder at its relevance... then surely they already know about the fib Mr. Clinton made, and you will not find any further explanation necessary.
If you recall Mr. Breathed's comic strips (Bloom County, Outland), you will remember that he has always placed a small amount of political humor in there. Yet, as a child, I found them all the more amusing. This book (which carries no political humor), joins Mr. Breathed's long history of entertaining cartoonistry, which is loved by young and old alike. I would almost call him the next Dr. Suess... but I wouldn't want to get too medical.
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My 5 year old daughter received this book just in the nick of time. She too was a fibber of gigantic proportions. But this book showed her what could happen when one little fib got way out of hand. Now I have to say she thinks twice about what she is going to say when something breaks or her little brother is holding his arm and crying "she hit me". We don't always get the truth but we hear it more now than we did before. A gentle reminder about Edwurd and the giant alien with 3 eyes keeps her from fibbing.
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This is a once a week reader with a great message and excellent pictures. I have 3 boys and this is a book they all enjoy, and I enjoy reading to them again, and again, and again...
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A Kid's Review on February 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big Edwurd lies to Merril Dill that she has been voted queen of Brazil! But when people have discovered she's missing he says, "Space Pigs came and kidnapped her," and they call in the troops. They point their big satellites toward space and say, "BRING MERRIL DILL BACK YOU SPACE PIGS!!!" And an alien with 3 eyes comes up and says, "who told you that fib their are no space pigs out here and who is this Merril Dill because whoever told you that fib I'll squash them flat with my flyswatter you hear." Everyone points at Edwurd but then his sister speaks up and says she did it and he tried to cover up for her with his lies. I think you should read this book because of the silly illustrations and silly things Edwurd says. I think it was a good book and it really made me laugh. I think you should read this book if you like hearing silly happenings in the world.
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