I'm the Best (Hardcover)

By Lucy Cousins, Lucy Cousins (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763646844, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 11, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/26/2013)
Paperback (5/1/2011)
Prebound (3/26/2013)

List Price: 14.99*
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A boastful dog gets a taste of his own medicine in a tale about friendship
that features the bold, exuberant art of Lucy Cousins at its best. (Ages 2-5)

"I win! I’m the best!" Dog boasts. He can run faster than Mole, dig better than Goose, swim faster than Donkey, and he’s much bigger than Ladybug. He wins! Unfortunately, Dog’s nonstop bragging is starting to make his friends feel kind of sad. But what if they mixed things up and looked at them differently? Could they teach Dog a lesson — and remind him of what it means to be a best friend?

About the Author

Lucy Cousins is the author-illustrator of many books for children, including HOORAY FOR FISH!, YUMMY: EIGHT FAVORITE FAIRY TALES, and the wildly popular Maisy series. Lucy Cousins’s books have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. She lives in Hampshire, England.

Praise For I'm the Best

As always, Cousins invigorates her cartoons with color and charm. Her splotches and whirls convey depth and movement. The simply drawn characters have a comic flair and, like Ladybug in her tutu, beguile upon first glance. This well-told tale of competitive obsession belongs in all collections.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

From the exuberant text to the bold, colorful artwork, a joyous spirit pervades this picture book and its fallible yet lovable protagonist. Fine for reading aloud to preschoolers who suspect that they may be fallible yet hope that they are still lovable.
—Booklist (starred review)

Relish Cousins's lusciously vibrant, liquid-textured inks and the thick pencil lines that boldly match the boasting.
—Kirkus Reviews

From Othello to Ahab, great literary characters have wrestled with the classic mortal failing of hubris. Usually, it ends with a tragic downfall, but in I’m The Best, Lucy Cousins’ latest masterpiece, the plot takes a more forgiving twist.
—Shelf Life blog (EW.com)

Cousins' childlike drawings radiate eye-popping color and oomph. She infuses her characters with charm and humor, and achieves remarkable depth and perspective with simple painting techniques. Perfect for sharing with preschoolers, who will understand Dog's personality.