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King Hugo's Huge Ego by Chris Van Dusen
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Dec 15, 11

bookshelves: fairy-tales, ncbla, picture-book
Read in December, 2011

In rhyming text, the author tells the cautionary tale of King Hugo, a ruler with diminutive stature but an out-of-size sense of self-esteem. His carelessness when he encounters a sorceress prompts her to put a curse on him that results in his head growing every time he brags about himself. It requires her intervention for him to get the point that he has become insufferable and possesses an outlandish ego. All ends well as the two marry. The gouache illustrations add to the book's fun with huge double-page spreads on Hugo's head rolling across the kingdom. There's an important message about thinking too highly hidden among the hilarity of this book.
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