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'Cause maybe I'll be a gorilla masseuse
Or an artist who sculpts out of chocolate mousse
Or a rodeo clown or a movie director
Or maybe professional pickle inspector...

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.

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"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-cliché 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)

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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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061926914
Author:
Yankovic, Al
Publisher:
Harper Torch
Illustrator:
Hargis, Wes
Author:
Hargis, Wes
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Business, Careers, Occupations
Subject:
Stories in rhyme
Subject:
Children s humor
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from PreS to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10 x 10.75 in 17.78 oz
Age Level:
07-08

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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-cliché 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)
"Synopsis" by , DOWNLOAD THE APP!
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