Worst in Show (Hardcover)

By William Bee, Kate Hindley (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763673185, 40pp.

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

List Price: 15.99*
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William Bee’s clever tale of celebrating every kind of winner—warts optional—is brought to vibrant life by Kate Hindley’s hilarious illustrations.

It’s time for the Best Monster in the World Competition, and Albert can’t wait to enter his very own monster, Sidney, in the contest! Albert is absolutely sure that his pet is a winner. But, as monsters go, is sweet, well-behaved Sidney really the smelliest, dirtiest, most parasite-ridden monster of all?

About the Author

William Bee, the author-illustrator of And the Train Goes..., And the Cars Go..., and other picture books, is an artist and commercial designer who has worked for renowned fashion houses, including Issey Miyake and Paul Smith. He lives in England.
Kate Hindley has illustrated many books for children. She lives in Worcestershire, England.

Praise For Worst in Show

The winning message never obscures the book's fun. Hindley's deliciously detailed illustrations, in pencil and paint, digitally colored, bring Bee's story to boisterous life. The affection between Albert and mild-mannered Sidney is palpable. Just sublime.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The irony at the hear of Worst in Show—that Sidney's terribleness at being a monster is what makes the sweet beast such a good friend to Albertdirected at just the right level for kids. But the real pleasure here is in the intricate illustrations fill of witty treats that will make reading (and rereading, and rereading) a pleasure. Parents beware!
—USA Today (syndicated)

The pencil and paint cartoons are digitally colored and depict a television studio brimming with activity and details. Overall, a fun and pleasing tale.
—School Library Journal

Monster-themed storytimes will benefit from this wry addition, and kids will certainly declare Sidney a winner, sweet-smelling farts and all.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

This is a fun friendship story with wonderful illustrations that readers will enjoy.
—School Library Connection