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Trailer Premiere: The Ugly Dumpling by Stephanie Campisi

Let play a game.  I’ll write out a bit of a professional review from here at School Library Journal and you guess the book.  Here goes:

“A unique take on the classic tale ‘The Ugly Duckling,’ this is a humorous story of friendship and self-acceptance, set in a dim sum restaurant. … This narrative moves quickly, and the cheerful visuals do as much to tell the story as the text does. An amusing and fun addition for most collections.”

It’s about this point that you say to me, “Uh, Betsy? You just said in the title of your post that you were showing the book trailer for THE UGLY DUMPLING. Would that be the book?”  And then I’d glance up, see that you were correct, and say something like, “Right you are, fellow citizen!”

Yes, today we’re premiering the book trailer (the second this week) for THE UGLY DUMPLING by Stephanie Campisi, illustrated by Shahar Kober.  Just another average, everyday dumpling/cockroach friendship tale.


Feel free to go here for more info on the book and some coloring sheets as well.  And many thanks to Mighty Media Press for the scoop.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. […] The video embedded above offers glimpses of the illustrations created by Shahar Kober. Mighty Media Press released this book on April 7. (via School Library Journal) […]