- The Washington Times - Friday, November 10, 2006

By Myles Smith, age 10

Luxmanor Elementary School, Rockville

Hi. My name is Myles Smith. I just read an awesome book called “Big Fat Little Lit.”

The book has many comics and a whole lot of well-known children’s authors and illustrators, including Maurice Sendak (“Where the Wild Things Are”), William Joyce (“Rollie Pollie Ollie”), Lemony Snicket (“A Series of Unfortunate Events”) and many more.

My two favorite comics from this book are “Pretty Ugly” and “Prince Rooster.” I chose to write about these stories because they are odd and very different from most comics.

“Pretty Ugly” is about a girl who lives in a world of opposites. Where she lives, if you’re pretty, you’re ugly, and if you’re ugly you’re pretty. This girl was one of the prettiest people in town. She liked to make ugly faces (which are normal faces in our world) and finally her face got stuck. Everybody teased her, and her grandma said real beauty is on the inside — so she locked herself in a shed for three days until she came up with a plan. She stuck her hand down her throat as far as it could go and pulled herself inside out. She was then the prettiest girl in town.

My other favorite comic from the book is “Prince Rooster.” The story is about a prince who thought he was a rooster. The prince took off his clothes and ran around yelling, “cock-a-doodle-doo.”

The king let villagers who thought they could help the prince come to try, but none could. Then one villager came and tried to cure the prince. He took off his clothes and told the prince that he was a rooster, too. The next day, the man stood straight up on two feet. The prince was shocked and told him he wasn’t supposed to stand because he was a rooster. Then the man said, “You also can stand up on two feet,” so they did.

The next day, the villager used the same trick to get the prince to do other things, including dressing, talking, eating and acting like a real man. The prince lived happily ever after, no longer acting like a rooster.

“Big Fat Little Lit” also has some games, including What’s Wrong With the Picture? Find the Twins and Many Ways to Get Through Lewis Trondheim’s A-Maze-ing Adventure.

The A-Maze-ing Adventure has many comic strips put together that go every which way. Some of them don’t get to the end, and some of them do.

The A-Maze-ing Adventure is about a guy who was walking and fell into a hole in the ground. There he met an odd creature who ordered him to find a billy club. On his way to find the creature a billy club, he started to promise to do crazy stuff if he didn’t die.

For example, he said, “If I survive, I’ll kiss a bum’s feet.” He also said, “I’d rather hug an alien” and things like that. At the end, he saw the creature that said, “Find my billy club.” But what it said … well, you’ll have to discover for yourself.

You really should read this book. I don’t want to spoil everything for you. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fun and silly comics.

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