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PreS-Gr 2-On the first day of school, Billy's curmudgeonly teacher reprimands him. "You! Young man! Why's that filth on your shirt?/You can't come in my classroom all covered with dirt!" Billy engagingly explains that while digging to China before school he found a dinosaur skull and had no time to clean up. Unimpressed by Billy's imaginative tale, Mr. Booth listens in disbelief as the boy, much to his classmates' delight, spins more "highly unlikely" stories, involving two-headed cows, his grandfather's walk on the Moon, and a fantastic island vacation. Billy refuses to admit his tales are untrue, saying, "I'll bet every great thinker and leader we've got/Could see all kinds of things other people could not!" Mr. Booth sends him to the principal's office, but as Billy heads for the door, a photo slips from his book. It's a gift for the teacher. Staring at the picture of Billy with a two-headed cow, Mr. Booth relents. Happy to have avoided the principal, Billy realizes that he and Mr. Booth will get along just fine and will learn a lot from each other during the school year. Written in clever rhymes, this second title starring amiable Billy has eye-catching watercolor, pencil, and digital acrylic illustrations. The fun-filled spreads add hilarious and imaginative details to the story. Pair this entertaining book with Ella Hudson's Hudson Hates School (Frances Lincoln, 2011).-Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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I'll bet every great thinker and leader we've got Could see all kinds of things other people could not!

Billy is a small boy with a big imagination.

Mr. Booth is a serious teacher with a strict lesson plan.

When the irresistible force of Billy's unrestrained creativity meets the immovable object of Mr. Booth's fi xed worldview, one thing is obvious: someone is going to learn a lot this school year!

The irrepressible Billy, star of the New York Times bestselling When I Grow Up, returns in an uproarious back-to-school tale from the uniquely inspired "Weird Al" Yankovic. Dazzling wordplay and sparkling rhyme combine in this appreciation of the rewards of unabashed originality and the special joy of viewing the world gently askew.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062192035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062192035
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story of Billy continues into a brand-new school year, this time with a much stodgier Mr. Booth, who has a hard time seeing things through the eyes of someone who perceives the world a little bit differently.

Overall, a very impressive sequel to Weird Al's first book. I was a little surprised by the speed with which Mr. Booth came around to Billy's way of thinking, but I also realize there are space/time considerations for a children's book.

I'm probably going to have to buy a second copy of the book. My son has already laid claim to my first one.
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This is the second picture and third children's book by one of the biggest names in the music industry. Like with the first picture book, When I Grow Up, it's important to point out that this is written under Al's own name and not his "Weird Al" persona. So it doesn't have the controversial humour, doesn't involve stalking or anything that comes close to the fine line between being funny and going too far that as "Weird Al" he balances well on and even deliberately steps over from time to time. This is just a classic entertaining for little kids read, which at the same time also inspires them to be themselves tale. It uses the same main character from When I Grow Up, but you don't need to have read that to understand or even get the most out of this. It's a standalone story.

The same illustrator is also used again in Wes Hargis. His illustrations are detailed, well drawn and colourful, but he's not a comedic illustrator like say Adam Rex or other similar authors you'll find who put lots of hidden jokes in their artwork you might expect to find in a picture book by Al.

Basic plot of this one follows Billy on his first day or a new school year. His new teacher is a serious orderly type who stops his I'm your new teacher spiel and this is what I expect when he notices Billy's shirt is covered in dirt. When he asks Billy about it, readers may expect like they probably would, that he'd just apologise and promise to come to class clean in the future. But Billy sees the world differently, he tells him he was digging to China and found a dinosaur skull and realising he would be late to school didn't have time to clean up. His teacher Mr. Booth of course doesn't believe a word of it, so Billy sets of to convince him with a number of other tales.
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Many musicians try to expand themselves into other media and miss the mark. Weird Al has proven again that he does not fall into this category. Great concept and wonderful art. Keep imaginations alive.
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My first Grandchild has just been born and it gives me an opportunity to read and enjoy children's lit, for little Alex of course! ;) I just listened to My New Teacher and Me as an audiobook last night and it was delightful! Weird Al's overall message is a good one, to be yourself even if you are different and to use your imagination. Billy is over-imaginative but not to the point of being obnoxious, and I think that's an important point to get across to kids as well. You can disagree with authority figures without being offensive. The prose flows very nicely and the rhymes don't feel forced.

Weird Al does a good job of reading in the audiobook, to the point of being wacky at times (well, he IS Weird Al!) but even as I listened, I wanted to see the pictures by Wes Hargis. Looking at the preview pages here on Amazon verified it for me: when my Grandson gets a little older (he's only 4 days old now!), I'll be buying him the physical book versions of both of Al Yankovic's kids' books. And I hope Al has more out by then!
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I'm a big fan of Weird Al's 1980's-era movie UHF. He came to town so I bought this book for him to sign. I know he's talented, bit I was astonished at how great the poetry and story line is in this book and the companion, When I Grow Up. Look at the reviews - they're all strongly positive. Weird Al has a real winner here and I hope he writes more of these. Great illustrations to boot.
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I love Al Yankovic books! I originally bought this book for his number one fan, a grown 30 year studly man! However it quickly became a family favorite in our house. We have both books. And if more are made, our collection will grow too.
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By Kathleen C. on August 18, 2014
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This is such a cute book for kids. And grownups. The pictures are great, the story is fun. I think us almost 40 year olds liked it even more than the 4 and 7 year old. I could read it every night if they wanted me to.
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great story for adults and for kids. Enjoyable illustrations. I love the creativity and how the story reminds parents to let our kids be creative- after all, they won't have time to develop that skill as much as adults. :)
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