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Review of <i>I’m the Best</i> by Lucy Cousins

Review of I’m the Best by Lucy Cousins


Candlewick Press


Somerville, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Library and Information Science | Modern Literature


Children's literature, reviews


I’m the Best told the story about Dog who thought he was the best at everything. He beat his friends Ladybug, Mole, Goose, and Donkey at every activity. This saddened his friends because they thought that they had no talents since Dog won everything. They then realized that each one of them did have a talent and if fairly matched against Dog, they could win a competition. Dog then felt that he lacked talent and was sorry for his arrogant attitude towards his friends. They forgave him and reminded him that he had beautiful, fluffy ears. Dog saw this as the most important quality and thought that once again he was the best.

The illustrations in I’m the Best were fantastic. They provoked empathy for Dog and his friends when they felt that they had no talent. Teachers could utilize this book to teach preschool and early elementary children how to properly treat their friends and to show them that everyone has unique talents. The ending was humorous but lacked a beneficial moral lesson as children could learn the wrong message. Recommended. Amanda Snyder. Centennial Library Intern.


Review of <i>I’m the Best</i> by Lucy Cousins

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