“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Van, Dusen Chris. King Hugo’s Huge Ego. Somerville, MA: Candlewick, 2011.
Genre: traditional literature
Reading Level: AD920L
Summary: This is my personal favorite fairytale about a king named Hugo who thought very highly of himself. He is very boastful and self-centered, and one day while driving through the town, his coach knocked down a villager. The villager is secretly a sorceress and she casts a spell on King Hugo that makes his head swell when he begins to boast about himself. His head gets bigger and bigger until finally he falls off of his castle, rolls down the hill to the village, and bumps right into the sorceress. King Hugo begs her to shrink his head back down to size, and she helps him realize that his ego was far too big. The sorceress is moved by King Hugo’s transformation that she has a change of heart, too. They fall in love, get married, and “live happily ever after.”
Rationale for Classroom Use: Discuss as a class the importance of treating everyone with respect and not being boastful. Students will record in their journals a reaction to any part of the story, illustrate it, and then share their work within small groups.
Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.