The Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World
By John Burningham
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375840531, 32pp.)
Publication Date: March 13, 2007
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Edwardo is an ordinary boy who does his best to live up to grown-ups' expectations. So when they rant at him for being the clumsiest, noisiest, nastiest, cruelest, messiest, and dirtiest boy in the whole wide world, he becomes all those things with a vengence, thus earning the title of the horriblest boy in the whole wide world. How Edwardo becomes the nicest boy in the whole wide world will be appreciated by ordinary little boys everywhere. John Burningham's amusing illustrations bring a lighthearted touch to the power of positive reinforcement.
John Burningham has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice and received four New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year Awards. His many delightful picture books include Hey! Get Off Our Train, Hushabye, and The Magic Bed. He lives with his wife Helen Oxenbury in London.
Starred Review, School Library Journal, February 2007:
"Fans of Burningham will delight in his witty, winsome pictures . . . An important message with a special delivery."