The Ugly Dumpling

ISBN: 978-1-938063-67-1
Illustrated by Shahar Kober
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It’s not easy being the ugliest dumpling in a dim sum restaurant. Uneaten and ignored, the ugly dumpling is down in the dumps. But when an encouraging cockroach sees the dumpling’s inner beauty, this unlikely duo embarks on an eye-opening adventure, leading the ugly dumpling to discover its true identity and realize that being different is beautiful after all.

A modern fairytale retelling with a timeless moral: There’s a little ugly dumpling in all of us.

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-938063-67-1
ISBN-10: 1-938063-67-8
Imprint: Mighty Media Kids
On Sale:
April 7, 2016
Trim Size: 10.5 x 8
Pages: 32
List Price: $15.95
Ages: 2 to 8
Guided Reading Level: M 24+
BISAC1: JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues/Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
BISAC2: JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore/Adaptations
BISAC3: JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues/Friendship
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"A bright, multicultural twist on a classic tale. ... Specifically told without gendered pronouns, this is simply a story about love. Kober’s illustrations are characterized by delicious changes in perspective, and Campisi’s sly, humorous asides ensure that the message of identity is not heavy-handed ... Quirky retellings often lean on clever titles alone, but this surpasses and delights."

*Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"The Ugly Duckling gets a makeover in this wacky tale about a misfit. ... the ultimate end, about accepting people becauseof their differences, adds an extra moral to this timeless tale. The bright illustrations are detailed and full of energy—never has food been so expressive!—and the concept is just odd enough to succeed."


"A whimsical story about being different, and the power of love."

Wendy Orr, author ofNim's Island and The Princess and Her Panther