King Hugo's Huge Ego

Candlewick Press 2011

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Hugo is a tiny king with a very large ego. But when he mistreats the wrong villager – a sorceress – the spell she casts literally causes his head to swell. The more he boasts, the bigger it gets, finally toppling the mini monarch right off his castle. King Hugo's Huge Ego is sometimes fairy-tale, sometimes cautionary, and always laugh-out-loud funny.


"Readers are treated to a terrific melange of satire, slapstick, and caricature, all served up with expert comic timing. Van Dusen may be puncturing the myth of infallible monarchy, but readers will have no trouble pledging obeisance to his comic majesty."
~ Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A delicious tall tale. Mr. Van Dusen gives himself full comic rein in his ebullient gouache illustrations. Children will relish the king's comeuppance."
~ The Wall Street Journal

"Boisterous, eye-popping illustrations."
~ The New York Times

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