Today I am part of a blog tour about this super fun fractured fairytale – THE UGLY DUMPLING! Mark your calendars, this book will be published April 7, 2016!
The Ugly Dumpling
Written by Stephanie Campisi
Illustrated by Shahar Kober
32 pages – ages 5+
Will be published by Mighty Media Kids on April 7, 2016
Synopsis- An ugly dumpling is upset. It doesn’t look like any of the other dumplings, and it is ignored. But one day, a kindly cockroach stops by and shows shows the Ugly Dumpling the world. And what does the ugly dumpling see? A lot of ugly dumplings! In fact, they aren’t even dumplings! He realizes he is a beautiful steamed bun – just like all the other beautiful steamed bun! The ugly dumpling is overjoyed, but when the other steamed buns see the cockroach they are HORRIFIED! Soon the Ugly Dumpling realizes he is really not like the other steamed buns and that is a good thing.
What I Thought- This is a wonderful book about being different and embracing that. The ugly dumpling is upset that it is different. Once he finds others like him, he realizes they are not truly like him. The book also has a beautiful message of friendship between the ugly dumpling and the cockroach. The Ugly Dumpling gives back to the cockroach, what she gave to him – a feeling of self-worth. The illustrations give you that nice warm feeling, with a good amount of cuteness and bright colors tossed in.
It is a fun story (especially as a fractured fairytale) about how it doesn’t matter what you look like. I believe that kids will really like the book, and that it would make a nice bedtime story.
I give this five out of five bookworms!