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Billy Tartle in Say Cheese!

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
How can Billy Tartle make his class picture super-cool? How about a cool haircut—a Mohawk with big spikes! And it must be bright-bright yellow, no pink, no green—well some kinda cool color! Billy's mom just wants him to get a regular old haircut, look handsome, and smile nice—sooo bo-ring! Will Billy be able to outwit her and kindly Barber Ken?

Of course!

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 10th 2007 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Kirah Marshall
Sep 09, 2016 Kirah Marshall rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-summaries
1. Billy Tartle is tired of school picture day, and it being so very boring. He goes to get a hair cut and tells the barber he wants spiky pink hair like his favorite super hero SuperMonkey. His mom tells the barber to do the normal cut and Billy is sad when he finds out his hair is normal as always. The barber says cheer up and gives billy some super juicy suckers. He's still upset on the way home. His mom asks for a sucker, and Billy shares one. His mother say cheer up Billy, as long as you sm ...more
Elena Hitch
Apr 18, 2012 Elena Hitch rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-talk
Billy Tartle in Say Cheese is written for a kid in 2nd or 3rd grade of either gender. All kids want to be different and mischievous just like Billy is throughout the book. When picture day comes around, he does everything in his power to show up with a Mohawk that is not a normal hair color. His mom tends to bring down his childhood dreams of most foolish things, but young readers will enjoy relating to this character without the need for an adult to help them read. The book is set up as a comic ...more
Dec 07, 2009 Christopher rated it really liked it
Shelves: gryphon-award
1st or 2nd grade

I gave this book four stars because of the format is easy to read, and the book will keep children wanting to read. Townsend uses the graphic novel format to tell the story of the wild child, Billy Tartle. Townsend's book is great for children who are trying to transition from picture books to chapter books. It includes the concept of dialogue through the typical comic book style bubbles. However Townsend includes many sentence structures that are not likely to be seen in later b
Janice Villwock
Nov 29, 2009 Janice Villwock rated it really liked it
K-3 Read aloud/independent reading

Townsend has created a great character in Billy Tartle. The pages are done in a comic book style with the illustrations in black pen and ink and digital coloring. Billy is tired of the same school picture every year and comes up with a way to make it stand out. Children will appreciate Billy's antics and the final result is hilarious. Children will also be drawn by the colorful, sharp pages. While reading this to my granddaughters, I didn't get the final page un
Mar 01, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, graphic
I did a Dr. Seuss story time today and honestly, there's only so many Dr. Seuss books you can read in a row. So I had the kids each go pick something out for me to read, always a scary proposition.

This one was chosen, and it's in comic book style, so it was a little harder to do aloud than a straight book, but it went ok. And it's amusing.
The Brothers
Jan 16, 2016 The Brothers rated it really liked it
It's time of class pictures and Billy Tartle really wants his to turn out special this time. He tries to get his haircut in a super-cool way, but that plan falls apart. However, he discovers a way to let everyone look different and awesome on picture day (spoiler: involves suckers).

Great illustrations in comic book / graphic novel style.
Erica Leach
Sep 28, 2013 Erica Leach rated it liked it
Shelves: ch-02-award
I would have to say this book was very neat it felt like I was reading the comic section out of a newspaper.
May 20, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
I think boys will totally love this book! What little boy hasn't wished he could make picture day awesome?
Nov 30, 2007 Alia rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
Really almost more of a comic than a picture book. The art is great but I have to admit that from a grow-up perspective Billy is way more ADD obnoxious than impishly cute.
Sep 22, 2011 Christi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun kids graphic novel about a stinker of a boy who wants his class picture to be unusual. The illustrations are engaging and fun.
Jun 12, 2014 Annalee rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Odd, but I'm sure 10-year-olds would love it.
Jess Gill
Apr 17, 2008 Jess Gill rated it liked it
colorful illustrations, simplistic storyline, visually well organized
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comic book, funny. About how a boy ruins picture day!
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