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Worst in Show

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  328 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
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 Pet 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, wel
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Candlewick Press
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May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Oh the chuckling going on at my desk. This was a fun, silly, off beat, cute, amusing fun etc book.

Just a good time through and through!!
Robin Raines-Bond
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Goodness, the Embarrassment! Goodness, the laughs! I thoroughly enjoyed this Hairy, Hovering, filled with parasites, Smelly book.
Laura Gratwohl
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Albert is entering his pet monster, Sydney in the Best Pet Monster in the World Competition. To win the champion must be: Full of parasites,, super smelly, high flying, extremely warty, fire breathing. But Sydney likes baths and sugar so got a really low score. But still won a prize... Worst in Show"
It is a good detailed story suitable for KS1 children. Interesting direction for the story that is it the taking part that counts.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Albert enters his pet monster, Sidney, into the Best Pet Monster in the World competition hoping to win a big prize. But Sidney can't measure up to the monsters with the hairiest warts, the hottest breath, and the smelliest farts (which was my favorite part...hysterical!). But he still wins a prize.

This was an adorable book! It is sure to get giggles out of little ones.
Liz Todd
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun! And so much to see in the illustrations!
Nele Handwerker
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ein liebevoll, lustiges Bilderbuch über einen Wettbewerb zum gruseligsten Monster. Gewinnen ist nicht das wichtigste, sondern das man einander gern hat. Eine wahre und wichtige Botschaft!
Jennifer Strong
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, children-s
"Who wants a big hairy, high-flying, parasite-infested, smelly, flammable pet monster, anyway? Especially when you can have a big cuddly, loves me best friend."
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Great story! Really funny, and gross, with great illustrations. Great read-aloud for K-3rd grade.
Maria Thermann
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
The book's wonderful illustrations are sadly let down by an overall unimaginary and repetitive text. While the illustrations are very funny and entertaining, the text seems strangely devoid of humour and somewhat jaded. An attempt at being funny has been made, but by and large it falls flat in comparison to the illustrations and feels rather forced. Being funny, the reader gathers, is not something that comes naturally to William Bee, the author of the text.

Plot: A little boy, Albert, enters his
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Children's Atheneum

This is the kind of book that I lovingly like to refer to as a chuckler. It isn't laugh out loud funny, but each spread would produce a bit of a chuckle, a smile, and a feeling of good fun. I love the play on a dog's best in show contest, with typical things you would expect from a monster contest. Most parasites, smelliest farts, loudest burps. It's good old silly fun.
Christine Turner
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?
Kate Hastings
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Grades PK-2. Albert is so proud of his loving monster, that he decides to enter him in a contest. Monsters compete to win prizes for most parasites, biggest warts and smelliest farts. Albert gets more and more ashamed and embarrassed when his monster doesn't win.

But the contest doesn't measure friendship, kindness and love-- all more important than a trophy. Gentle reminder about competition and standardized testing.
Kristina Jean Lareau
Which pet monster is the smelliest? Most warts? It is not Sydney...

This picturebook is funny and delightful, silly and sweet all at once. Riding on a recent monster trend, this book is sure to be a favorite of storytimes. While I find that it is about 4 spreads too long, it is still a worthy read. The illustrations are soft and friendly with pencil, paint and digital coloring.
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
What happens when a boy brings his monster to a monsters competition. The monster was cute and totally disappointing. I liked the crappy categories, the humor, the unusual story and the sweet conclusion. The art was quite nice too, with details to look at, some good expressions and, of course, monsters!
Suburban Homeschooler
This book was almost great! Extremely charming illustration and misdirection of what "winning "actually means in this contest. However, I'm frustrated with authors feeling that they need to include passing gas related humor in their books in an attempt to appeal to young boys. Sure… Boys will chuckle… But stay classy authors!! :)
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Albert has entered his pet monster, Sidney in a competition to decide the best pet monster in the world. Sidney is neat, clean, friendly, kind - all the things one would want in a monster, right? Well, maybe not for this particular contest.
Illustrations are charming and colorful. Some repetition of text helps reinforce reading skills and encourages participation from listeners.
A variation on the old 'you're still special even if you don't hit the standard metrics' plot, in which the standard metrics are AWFUL - parasites, warts, smelly smelly farts. This takes the sting out of that implied message of 'we still love you even if you don't measure up.' Lots of fun.
Heydi Smith
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from the moment I cracked it open. The prose flow so wonderfully and the illustrations are a crack up. Nothing not to love here. A must read at story time in October and all year long!
Marissa Elera
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: monsters, pets
High quality illustration and repetition will keep storytime audiences engaged. The text is just on the higher side of average, but it is the gross out appeal and mention of farts that will make this a crowd pleaser.
This silly story is about being yourself even if it's not what everyone else expects of you. It is lengthy, so would be best for older audiences, but the pictures and story are highly engaging and entertaining.
Brindi Michele
this is immediately a favorite...not sure why because it's not my thing, but I can see several young boys loving this and asking for it again and again at bedtime. plus, i really like the illustrations :)
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hands down one of the sweetest picture books ever!
Dec 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Tedious, which isn't helped by the fact that the moral is not saved for the end, but rather, repeated every other page.
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kids and adults will both really enjoy this quirky story. Lots of funny, laugh-out-loud moments. Loved the illustrations as well.
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Worst in Show was a fun read! I loved the colorful illustrations and the tongue in cheek humor. Clever storyline will appeal to young readers as well as adults!
The Best picture book about Monster competitions! Sometimes it's good to be worst.
Michelle Gray
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
good for monster theme or friendship theme
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sometimes not being first place is a good thing!
Mollie B
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Liza Nahas
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Little boys will especially like this story filled with smelly, warty, fire-breathing monsters! (Except for Sidney, of course, who wins "worst in show"!)
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William Bee was born in London but now lives in the English countryside. In addition to writing children’s books, he races a vintage sports car, is an international skier, and when at home tends his lawns and meadows.
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