Radunsky takes the opportunity to expand on the characters he first introduced in Ten (2002). But this time, instead of birth and numerals, the theme revolves around bragging and humility.
One is the story of an armadillo named Six, the antagonizing protagonist who refuses to settle for anything less than being “#1.” Listeners are subjected to Six’s braggadocio as he recites a long list of stupendous feats, mostly products of his fertile imagination. To hear Six tell it, he’s the smartest (“I’m so smart that I am going to college tomorrow . . and I’m just five”), bravest, and most likeable (“I have more best friends than anybody!”) armadillo in the history of armadillos. Six’s patient family listens to him go on and on about his superior qualities until, finally, they can stand no more and gently but firmly bring him down to earth.
The humor of Radunsky’s text is enhanced by his whimsical, slightly surreal illustrations that turn these nocturnal mammals into amusing, endearing friends.
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About the author
Vladimir Radunsky has illustrated many wonderful books, including ‘Discovery’ by Nobel price winner Joseph Brodsky, ‘The Maestro Plays’ by Bill Martin Jr and Woody Guthrie’s ‘Howdi Do’. He is also the author-illustrator of ‘10’ and (with Chris Raschka) of ‘Table Manners’.