Billy Tartle in Say Cheese!
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Billy Tartle in Say Cheese!

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  14 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!

A familiar childhoo...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 10th 2007 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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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...more
Elena Hitch
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
Janice Villwock
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...more
Odd, but I'm sure 10-year-olds would love it.
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.
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.
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.
I think boys will totally love this book! What little boy hasn't wished he could make picture day awesome?
Erica Leach
I would have to say this book was very neat it felt like I was reading the comic section out of a newspaper.
comic book format w/ irrepressible boy. For those who like Captain Underpants. Gryphon Award 2007
colorful illustrations, simplistic storyline, visually well organized
comic book, funny. About how a boy ruins picture day!
Hilarious. And I love the art style.
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