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When I Grow Upby Al Yankovic
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'Cause maybe I'll be a gorilla masseuse
Billy's classmates may have never considered careers in snail training or sumo wrestling before, but by the time the exuberant eight-year-old is done cataloging his dream jobs, they just might share his belief in unlimited potential!
Virtuoso wordplay, irresistible rhythm, and laugh-out-loud humor abound in the first picture book by the one and only "Weird Al" Yankovic. This unbridled celebration of creativity and possibility invites readers of all ages to consider afresh what they want to be when they grow up.
"A boy's careening imagination fuels the zingy verse and art in this lighthearted take on a familiar theme. Comedian and musical satirist Yankovic opens his first children's book with Billy hogging the spotlight during show-and-tell: 'I proudly stood up and began my oration/ Concerning my choice for a future vocation.' His formality gives way to freewheeling fantasies as he envisions himself a world-famous chef ('My walls will be filled with awards that I've gotten/ For toast-on-a-stick and my Twinkies au gratin'), a snail trainer ('Why, that's a no-brainer!'), a lathe operator, and a giraffe milker ('It's oh-so-clichÃ© to get milk from a cow,/ And I bet all those cows need a break anyhow'). The tempo quickens when the boy begins listing rather than describing potential professions, even the most mainstream of which Hargis (Jackson and Bud's Bumpy Ride) portrays with comedic hyperbole. He offers especially outlandish depictions of Billy as gorilla masseuse, deodorant tester, and tarantula shaver. After all the wackiness, Yankovic's poem wraps up on a more realistic note, as the boy finds career inspiration closer to school. Ages 4 — 8. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
When you reach for the moon sometimes you land among the stars.
Santiagos biggest dream is to perform on stage. But when he doesnt get the lead role in the school play, he cant help but doubt himself. Encouraged by his fathers inspiring words, Santiago rebuilds his confidence and finds that with passion and dedication, you can achieve amazing things beyond your wildest imagination.
From international superstar Ricky Martin, comes a timeless story of a boy who follows his heart and a father who believes in his sons boundless potential.
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About the Author
Known for more than thirty years as America's premier satirist of popular music and culture, "Weird Al" Yankovic has had almost as many careers as Billy can dream of. Advised by his father to do whatever made him happy, he has accordingly been a comedian, singer/songwriter, music producer, actor, director, and writer—often all at the same time. Mr. Yankovic has won three Grammy Awards and has sold more comedy recordings than anyone else in history. He lives with his family in Southern California.
Wes Hargis wanted to be a professional dirt miner when he grew up. Unstable market prices for dirt led him to pursue his second love, and he has been an illustrator for more than fifteen years. Mr. Hargis lives with his family (and his dirt) in Arizona.
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