Kate & Jim McMullan
Joanna Cotler Books (2008)
Reviewed by Nicholas Lopez (age 6) and Leslie Granier for Reader Views (7/08)
“I’m Bad!” is a story about a young dinosaur with an attitude. He thinks his size is all he needs to get what he wants. When he realizes he is hungry, he tries to catch several different creatures but keeps failing and making excuses that he wanted something different to eat anyway. In the end, it’s Mom to the rescue to feed him and to teach him that he’s not as bad or intimidating as he thinks he is.
Nicholas said, “It was funny when the dinosaur couldn’t catch any of the animals he wanted to eat. The dinosaur was big and strong but the little animals were too fast. The dinosaur was kinda mean to want to eat other animals. His mom gave him food but it did not look good to me. My mom makes better stuff like hot dogs.”
“I’m Bad!” is a cute book that is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 8. It teaches the important lesson that as “bad” as someone thinks he is, he still must rely on others for help sometimes. The pictures are colorful and eye-catching. The use of different print sizes throughout the book was a nice touch and will help keep younger kids engaged in the story.