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King Hugo's Huge Ego (edition 2011)

by Chris Van Dusen

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Member:christian.mehalic
Title:King Hugo's Huge Ego
Authors:Chris Van Dusen
Info:Candlewick (2011), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:K-3, Colors, Pictures, Kings, Sorceress, Ego

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King Hugo's Huge Ego by Chris Van Dusen

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Oh King Hugo, you made me laugh, you made me want to read you out loud to hear the magical lilt of your text audible. I loved every bit of the fifteen minutes I read about you King Hugo, and all the times I have read you since then... you are after all a highly re-readable book.

Guys I know it's not very often I talk about picture books here; and by not very often I mean never, but sometimes you read one and it stands out and begs to be talked about and Hugo is one of those books. The author illustrator is extremely talented and it is incredibly easy to find yourself as an adult enjoying the story of Hugo and his inflating egotistical head. We all know that one guy or gal whose ego surpasses everyone else.

Hugo wakes up every morning and gives a sermon to his people about his awesomeness. They have to go listen because he is the king. Then one day he is driving his cart about the city and asks a woman to move off the road so that he may pass. She declines to move to the muddy side of the road as she is carrying heavy things and needs to get on with her day's work. Hugo merely uses his horse and cart to knock her aside and continues on his way.

What Hugo doesn't realize is the woman he knocked aside is a sorceress and she curses him! Every time the king talks about himself his head grows larger, until one day it is so big and heavy he falls over and begins rolling through the village.

Will King Hugo learn from this curse?

Delightful, funny, and fantastically illustrated I highly recommend King Hugo!
  Bookaliciouspam | Sep 20, 2013 |
Grades K-3

King Hugo may be short in stature, but he has a very over-inflated view of himself. His subjects let him get away with his self-centeredness, but when he tangles with a maiden who's carrying a big load of hay, it's a different story. She's actually a sorceress in disguise, and she puts a Pinocchio-like spell on him: every boast, every inconsiderate act, causes his head to grow a little bigger. Eventually, his head grows to the size of a balloon and a gust of wind sends him floating over his kingdom, landing in a very undignified fashion at the feet of the very maiden who cursed him. She helps him to see the error of his ways in a not-so-gentle fashion, and after he thoroughly repents, the two fall head over heels in love and marry. While the whole "happily ever after" thing wasn't really necessary to the story's message, the rhyming text and hilarious illustrations make this a story that kids will love to hear aloud.
  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
King Hugo’s Huge Ego reads like a fairytale, about a king whose ego is so big it knocks out of the way anyone who gets in its path. Except for an (apparently) lowly villager named Tessa. Unbeknownst to the king, Tessa is actually an enchantress and the spell she puts upon dear ol’ Hugo teaches him a lesson in humility…eventually. With classically humorous illustrations, rhyming text, and a happily ever after ending, Van Dusen tells a story that is equal parts wise and entertaining. ( )
  novalibrarymom | Mar 31, 2013 |
King Hugo’s Huge Ego reads like a fairytale, about a king whose ego is so big it knocks out of the way anyone who gets in its path. Except for an (apparently) lowly villager named Tessa. Unbeknownst to the king, Tessa is actually an enchantress and the spell she puts upon dear ol’ Hugo teaches him a lesson in humility…eventually. With classically humorous illustrations, rhyming text, and a happily ever after ending, Van Dusen tells a story that is equal parts wise and entertaining. ( )
  novalibrarymom | Mar 31, 2013 |
I thought this was a very well made book with a very nice lesson behind it. THe story is about a very rude and obnoxious king who has an ego the size of the moon. One day he is going down the street in his carriage and he knocks over a woman who is carrying a bundle of hay on her back. The king has his carriage plow right through the woman and knock her in a pond. This woman happen to be a sorceress and cast a spell on the king when he knocked her over. The spell went like this, Every time he spoke smugly of himself, his head would grow bigger. One day he goes to address the kingdom and his head gets so big, it makes him float away towards the woman, She lets him know what happen and why. He promises to be a better man and a better king and they get married and live happily ever after. A very nice book about minding your manners and treating people with respect. ( )
  christian.mehalic | Feb 24, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763650048, Hardcover)

From a master of visual comedy comes the royally satisfying tale of a head swollen out of proportion and a blowhard brought down to earth.

Hugo is a tiny king with a very large ego. But when he mistreats a villager who also happens to be a sorceress, the spell she casts causes his head to literally swell. The more he boasts, the bigger it gets, until it finally topples the mini monarch right off his castle! Who will cut this royal pain down to size? And, more important, will anyone live happily ever after? Chris Van Dusen’s hilarious story is matched only by his outrageous illustrations. Together, they make for a picture book that is sometimes fairy tale, sometimes cautionary tale, and always laugh-out loud funny.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:32:40 -0400)

When haughty King Hugo tangles with a sorceress, she causes him to see himself in a more realistic light.

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