Edwardo the Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World Paperback
Edwardo is an ordinary boy, so sometimes he can be a bit grubby or clumsy, a bit cruel or noisy or rude.
The more that he is criticised, the worse he becomes, until one day they call him 'the horriblest boy in the whole wide world'.
Just then, Edwardo's luck begins to change, and a series of chance events reveal that really he is a lovely boy, and has been all along.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 32 pages, Full colour
- Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Publication Date: 05/04/2007
- Category: Picture books
- ISBN: 9780099480136
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Review by Kbenis1
This book caught my eye because of the title; I wondered how could a boy so horrible that he would be deemed ‘the Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World?’ It turns out that Edwardo throughout the story is just acting like a typical child and all children get into trouble sometimes. For example, Edwardo is mean to little children or he chases the cat around the house. Well in my opinion no child is perfect and every once in a while children will do, as the book states: mean clumsy, cruel, noisy, messy, dirty, nasty, rough and rude things from time to time. However; in this story we see that every time Edwardo does something bad he is yelled at and he is told that he is extremely rude, rough or clumsy all leading up to him being ‘the Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World’. This was until a man mentioned that his bad deed of kicking a flower pot to break it was probably just Edwardo’s attempts to build a garden. The adults have a strong impact on how Edwardo looks at life and himself. Just like I do as future teacher, if you label a student as the roughest student you have ever seen they will form to that label. This story teaches to look at things in a positive way, not to focus on the negative behavior and not to label children. As a teacher I can take away from this story that it is my responsibility as the adult to build my students up rather than push them down with the language I chose.