David Sedaris and Ian Falconer make a spectacular splash with this tale of a monster turned ugly—stuck with a human face!
In this beautifully gross picture book, Anna Van Ogre’s lovely monster face turns into that of a sickeningly adorable, rosy-cheeked little girl—and it’s not switching back! Can she find a way to stop looking like an ugly human and regain her gorgeous monstrosity of a face? The dynamic duo of nationally acclaimed comedian David Sedaris and renowned children's book author Ian Falconer comes together to ponder the perpetually relevant question: is true beauty really on the inside?
About the Author
David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays such as Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames. Sedaris’s pieces appear regularly in the New Yorker and have twice been included in The Best American Essays. There are more than ten million copies of his books in print, and they have been translated into 25 languages. www.davidsedarisbooks.com
Ian Falconer was an author and illustrator of children’s books, a designer of sets and costumes for the theater and creator of 30 covers for the New Yorker as well as other publications. The fine artist and designer was best known for his witty and bestselling picture books about the precocious piglet Olivia, a children’s book series with over 10 million sales worldwide.
★“Disgustingly hilarious….Adult readers will recognize hints of Maurice Sendak and William Steig and maybe even a smattering of Tim Burton in this remarkable outsider tale….Consider this little monstrosity a much-needed corrective to smarmy platitudes.” — Kirkus Reviews, STARRED
"For every kid out there who HOPED their face would stick when Gramma said "If you keep making that face, its going to stick like that." Well, this one's for them." — Angie Tally, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC
"Sedaris fans will love PRETTY UGLY, a story that will spark conversations about true beauty, family and character. Illustrations are perfection. And honestly, who hasn't wanted to lock themselves in a wood shed for three days?!” — Jessica Nock, Main Street Books, Davidson, NC
"As children we have all been warned if we keep making an ugly face, it might just stick that way. Pretty Ugly explores this age old warning while teaching us that beauty comes from the inside and is often in the eye of the beholder.” — Manager, Octavia Books, New Orleans, LA
“An elegant standalone that showcases the creators’ urbane morality….for any reader who craves a celebration of individuality with a high yuck quotient.” – Publishers Weekly
★★★★★ “Readers will cackle over this one….displays the author’s wicked sense of humor. Falconer’s artwork perfectly channels the story with his simple yet masterful line drawings with a touch of color….for elementary school kids who like wicked humor.” - Youth Services Book Review
"Disgustingly hilarious. Hilariously disgusting. You can never tell where David Sedaris is going and that's what makes his work so charming.” — Jessica Lordi, Dover Free Library, VT
“Our young patrons will love it! The combination of the David Sedaris humour and the Ian Falconer illustrations will win over any young reader who likes a surprise and a laugh with their family as they read about Anna Van Ogre and her family! “— Clare Etheridge, Brentwood Public Library
“Would be welcome on any shelf. “ Kaye Cox, Canyons School District, UT