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My big lie
Cosby, Bill, 1937-
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 1999.
Physical Description:
33 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Little Bill gets in big trouble when he tells a fib to explain why he has come home late for dinner.
General Note:
"Cartwheel books."
Reading Level:
400 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 36445.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 2 Quiz: 16156 Guided reading level: K.

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READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
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In the 8th title in the best-selling Little Bill series, Little Bill learns that honesty is the best policy when a tiny lie escalates into big trouble!

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. This new addition to Cosby's Little Bill series finds Little Bill in big trouble. A pickup game of basketball has made him very late for dinner. When his angry parents confront him, he lies, saying he got into a van with a stranger who asked for directions. Of course, the lie makes things worse, and Little Bill winds up having to confess. His parents send him to his room to copy the story about the boy who cried wolf, which helps him learn the importance of telling the truth. The text, including the retelling of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," is written in casual, energetic language, well matched by Varnette Honeywood's colorful illustrations. There's also a letter to parents, written by Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint, that points out the good decisions Bill's parents made. A humorous and meaningful chapter-book story, good for parent-child sharing. --Marta Segal

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-3-Cosby continues his easy-reader series with this story within a story. Little Bill retells the traditional "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and relates how he has been banished to his room for making up a "BIG FIB" to cover up his tardiness. Once he confesses and sees himself in the folktale, he realizes that he deserves his parent's anger and punishment. Cosby's comic sense is not clearly in evidence in this didactic story, but he does meet the increasing demand by adults for children's books that illustrate moral issues. The sophistication of this book is found in Honeywood's collage illustrations. The artist's skilled use of flat color creates vibrant pictures that convey drama and emotion that are anything but flat.-Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, NE (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.