Billy's Booger

Billy's Booger

A Memoir (which Is A True Story, Which This Book Is)

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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A young lad who would rather draw than do math, spell, or gargle finds the perfect outlet for his always-on imagination in this manifesto to creative joie de vivre, featuring a book within a book, from the brilliant minds that brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore .

Billy loves to draw. He draws on books and on his homework and even on his math tests--he might not get the answer right, but doesn't it look swell sitting in a boat at sea? His teacher doesn't think so, and neither does the principal. But the librarian has an idea that just might help Billy better direct his illustrative energies: a book-making contest!

Billy gets right to work, reading everything he can about meteors, mythology, space travel, and...mucus? Yep, his book is going to be about the world's smartest booger, who stays tucked away until needed--say, to solve multiplication problems, or answer questions from the President. Billy's sure his story is a winner. But being a winner doesn't mean you always win.

Full of nostalgic references to a time when TV was black-and-white and Sunday newspapers had things called the funnies, this wildly fun story-within-a-story is based loosely on children's book legend William Joyce's third grade year, and includes a sewn-in mini-book of that tale of the world's smartest booger.
Audience: Ages 4-8.
Publisher: New York : Moonbot Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781442473515
Branch Call Number: JP Joyce
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Moonbot Studios


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Sep 28, 2015

SUMMARY: This is a memoir of the author William Joyce. When he was young, he liked to do off the wall and creative things. He very often went against the grain and did the unexpected. One day, a writing contest is announced. Billy is very excited because this is his arena and he knows he can win. He works hard on his story, but doesn't win, at least not in the expected way. His "win" inspires him to further creative adventures.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created in multimedia. They are full of rich detail and color and quite gorgeous.

THE GOOD: This was a very inspirational book. Billy was not the usual run of the mill kid. He walked to his own tune and used creativity in everything he did. And even though he did not win the reading contest with a ribbon, his story had the highest interest among his peers. They loved his creativity. And who wouldn't want to keep writing stories when you know people like your stuff? In the middle of this book is Billy's book done on a matte construction type paper. This makes you feel like you are reading a separate book. You get the feel of reading what he wrote all those years ago.
THE NOT AS GOOD: Billy was very messy, so his story is a serious challenge to read.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertized for ages 4-8, but I think grades 1-4 would get the most out of it.

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