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When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic
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Apr 03, 12

Read in April, 2011

I have been a "Weird Al" fan for most of my life, so I was very anxious to see how his treatment of a children's book would be. "Weird Al" is a master craftsman when it comes to writing original music that spoofs another band's or singer's style, as well as writing parodies. It seems he is also a master craftsman of children's book.

It is true that some of the words may be a little advanced for small children, it is refreshing to see someone who generally trusts his audience (and plus it gives the adults like me, who don't have any kids, a reason to buy and read the book). It is not dumbed-down. This would offer a great time for parents to teach their kids some vocabulary.

It has a naturally flowing rhyme and meter, and the illustrations are excellent. I was a little disappointed that one of his potential jobs is "master debater." While "Weird Al" has always been generally family-friendly, he isn't exactly squeaky-clean. However, that's the only beef I take with this book and I consider it a pretty minor gripe.

I was fortunate enough to get this signed by "Weird Al" and talk to him for a minute. I would recommend this book to anyone, for the young and the young at heart. You won't be disappointed by this book.
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