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I'm Bad! Hardcover – April 22, 2008

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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2—What could possibly equal the McMullans' audacious garbage truck in I Stink! (2002) and the brazen backhoe in I'm Dirty! (2006, both HarperCollins) for unadulterated attitude? Why, a towering, tough-talking T. rex, of course, complete with "rip-'em-up CLAWS," "bite-'em-up FANGS," and "Bad breath." (And don't even think of making fun of its "baby arms.") This creature is really big, "6-tons-of-MUSCLE-on-the-hustle BIG," with a "BIG empty belly growling for GRUB." Despite the beast's bravado, however, its attempts at catching prey are repeatedly—and hilariously—foiled. The predator's state of mind moves from arrogance to despair on a wonderfully illustrated psychedelic spread awhirl with forest foliage and easy-to-spot edible critters that the frustrated T. rex can smell but can't find. As the great hunter lies on its back having a tantrum, a vertical fold-out page is lifted to reveal the reptile's even bigger mother, who provides a bit of "takeout" for her grateful child. Vibrant artwork done in bold shades of green, orange, and violet equal the swaggering text in tone, energy, and humor. Whether devoured during a boisterous storytime or consumed independently, children will eat this one up.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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Like the bragging, swaggering vehicles in the authors’ previous titles, such as I Stink! (2004), the tyrannosaurus narrator of this picture book is all boasts: “I’m REALLY bad. Scare-the-tails-off-all-the-other-dinosaurs BAD.” After showing off his mighty features, somewhat defensively (“Did you just call me BABY ARMS? Long as yours, pal—20 times stronger”), the dino hunts unsuccessfully for a meal, and his bluster wears thin: “Am I ever gonna eat again? There’s gotta be food in the forest . . .” There is. And it comes from Mom, who appears in a dramatic fold-out page that shows her towering size, amplifying the surprise that the dinosaur speaker is a pint-size youngster. As in I Stink! the high-energy illustrations and macho narrator’s words create a rowdy, crowd-pleasing whole. Children will delight in the dinosaur’s wild expressions and the dynamic text, filled with comic-book sound effects. Pair this with David Ezra Stein’s Monster Hug (2007), which includes a similar transformation of hulking monster into cuddly kid. Preschool-Grade 1. --Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061229717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061229718
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By DJLA531 VINE VOICE on April 24, 2008
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This tyrannasaurus wants you to know that he's bad! He's stinky, mean, and the king of the dinos. So why can't he seem to get any food?

Boys especially will like this tale of a mean ole dino that may not be as mean as he wants you to think he is.

With dynamic illustrations and fun language, this is a book to get all riled up over.
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Before you crack the spine, consider two things: your kids might beg/plead/bribe you to read it again and you may have to explain to strangers why they're confronted with devilish grins, asking, "Are you bad?"

This tale of a buck-toothed carnivore brings to life the sights, sounds and silliness of dinnertime in prehistoric suburbia. Imagination runs rampant. And adjectives fly off the page in descriptions that scream. For example, our favorite friend asks the reader: "Are you bad? I'm REALLY bad. Scare-the-tails-off-all-the-other-dinosaurs BAD. Got rip-'em-up CLAWS. Got bite-'em-up FANGS. Bad breath? YeaaaHHHHHHH." How great is that?

Before you deem him too scary, remember that this little guy holds a soft spot for his Mom. (And it really is the perfect Mother's Day book.) At the end, you may smile with delight and beg/plead/bribe your kids to listen again. This wacky, wordplay must-have gaurantees to illicit smiles and surprises. Again and again.
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This book was an immediate hit with our 4 year old triplet boys. Kate and Jim McMullan are their favorite authors at this point. They love "I Stink!" and "I'm Dirty!" which is why I purchased another of their books and will continue to do so. Imaginative, fun, and informative!
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My 6 year old son got this book from the library and we all fell in love with this book. We immediately got online and found this at Amazon and bought it right away. Took it to his class to read and his friends all loved it, too. Great book.
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What was more fun in storytime than to read "I Stink!" by Kate and Jim McMullan? Well, move over for the fun and fabulous "I'm Bad!"! This is a mean and toothy T-Rex, daring the reader to make fun of him, `cause he's mean, and bad, and hungry! He's after some prey, but the other animals manage to elude him. My favorite spread is finding the hidden animals in the forest: "I can smell `em, but I can't find `em". Whah! He cries from hunger and frustration, and who should show up but Mommy, with dinner in tow ("takeout"). Great for storytime and for fans of dinosaurs. Greens and oranges dominate the highly expressive illustrations, with a surprise fold up flap when Mommy appears--what fun!
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It's funny and cute. My 3 kids love it and I have 4 year old twins--boy and a girl and my 8 year old daughter loves it to. It gives the reader a chance to really perform. We first got it at the library to different times because the kids liked it so much. Finally we put it on my son's wish list and the girls were also very happy when he got it.
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My son is crazy for all of the books by this awesome author/illustrator team. They know what kids want: funny books with colourful illustrations about dinosaurs and vehicles. I can't recommend these books enough.
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The very first page, and we know we have a BAD dinosaur. And he shows us, hunting other animals! Aaaaaaand... losing spectacularly.

I love the way the dinosaur talks, and I love the illustrations. I especially appreciate that with an older child you can use this book to discuss some of the ways prey animals survive - we're shown vivid illustrations of running, hiding, herd defensive behavior, and camouflage.

No animals are harmed in this book, but more sensitive children might find the subject upsetting. I'm not rating it down for that, but if you think your kid might object to seeing a carnivore being a carnivore (it can be a little scary), be sure to read before you buy.
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