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One : a nice story about an awful braggart
Radunsky, Vladimir.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
When Six, a pink armadillo with nine green siblings, brags that he is "#1" in everything, his family expresses a different opinion.
General Note:
Sequel to: Ten.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 75096.
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What do you do when you're one of ten children? If you're the only pink armadillo and all your siblings are green, then you know you are meant to stand out. But how? Well, if you are best at everything, it shouldn't be hard! In this eye-catching tale, the off-beat narrative is as inventive-and as kid friendly-as the graphically stunning artwork. Vladimir Radunsky offers young readers and listeners his own inimitable follow-up to his popular book Ten, of which the New York Timessaid "a delightfully original counting book. . . . The narrative is perfectly complementary with the painterly comical illustrations. . . . A joy."

Author Notes

Vladimir Radunsky was born in the Ural Mountains, Russia in 1954. He was educated at the Moscow School of Architecture and studied art and design. He emigrated to the United States in 1982. He eventually found work as a book designer before pursuing an illustration career in children's books. He illustrated numerous books including The Pup Grew Up! by Samuel Marshak, The Maestro Plays by Bill Martin Jr., Table Manners by Chris Raschka, and The Mighty Asparagus. He died from leukemia on September 11, 2018 at the age of 64.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. 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. --Terry Glover Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Radunsky opens this hyperbolic sequel, coyly subtitled "A nice story of an awful braggart," with a madcap recap of 10 (ten)'s defining moments. In the previous book, Mr. and Mrs. Armadillo gave birth to 10 babies, nine of which are the expected olive-green-skinned sort, but here the attention falls to their unusual-looking brother, "that pink one, the one that looks like a piglet." He is the extrovert of the bunch: "His name is Six.... But he says he is #1." Six, who wears a striped shirt and a sailor's hat with a huge red pompom, insists he is the smartest and bravest of his family. His reckless boasts appear in oversize black print, and his imaginative exploits take flight against spacious backdrops of color rather than in recognizable landscapes. "I have more best friends than anybody!" he announces, citing Madeline, Maisy and Winnie-the-Pooh, among others. Six's relatives declare that he is number one, all right: "You are the #1 clown, show-off, chatterbox, storyteller, dreamer!" they cheer. "You are our #1." Any resemblance to actual armadillos in this book is purely coincidental. Radunsky, whose paint-and-collage illustrations have the braggadocio of his hero, prefers expressionism to naturalism. He provides a portrait of a likeable loudmouth and suggests a strategy for counteracting over-the-top bluster and to his credit, the Armadillos' teasing is affectionate, not humiliating. At the conclusion, Six lowers his chin and looks temporarily contrite, but there is no guarantee that he is, or should be, reformed. Ages 3-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Another energetic gouache-and-collage romp with the charming, irrepressible, and fashion-forward family from Ten (Viking, 2002). All of his relations refer to the sixth-born armadillo sibling (the only pink one) as "Six." "But he says he is #1." This is a colorful and quirky kid's-eye accounting of the attributes and accomplishments that Six believes entitle him to be #1: "I'm the tallest!-I'm the smartest!-I'm the #1 inventor!" His affectionate and indulgent family, decked out in their polka-dotted dresses; elegant suits; clean, bright ear socks; and oh-so-essential tail stockings, hear him out before affirming his assertions, but with a gentle, loving twist: "You are the #1 clown, show-off, chatterbox, storyteller, dreamer! You are our #1." Beginning with a brief reintroduction to the eccentric armadillo clan (and with a nod to Lane Smith and Jon Scieszka), Radunsky treats readers to a vibrant view of a child's search for his sense of self. Rescued from obnoxiousness by his innocent exuberance and occasional ineptitude ("Three cats plus one more cat. Five altogether"), and already "best friends" with Madeline, Pinocchio, Maisy, Winnie-the-Pooh, and the Stinky Cheese Man, Six (now aka #1) will also be a fine companion for Kevin Henkes's Lilly and Ian Falconer's Olivia.-Kathy Krasniewicz, Perrot Library, Greenwich, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.