From School Library Journal
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.
From the Back Cover
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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