When I Grow Up
'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 be...more
The illustrations are a great companion to the story line.
My daughter didn't reach the same conclusion that Billy reached -- that being a teacher is a career that combines all of ...more
Wisely, this young hero realizes that the answer to "what will you be when you grow up?" may not be simple. Learning from his grandfather, who held many jobs throughout his life, the boy suggests one ...more
But, you know, "Weird Al" is sort of like the good doctor (view spoiler)[Disclaimer: he is not like Dr. Seuss at all. (hide spoiler)] Or, at least, he has written something in the grand tradition of Seussian spiels, of paragraphs of absurd ideas strung together with a central theme. It dips into the ridiculous but never going all-in with word nonsense as Seuss might. One hilarious ide ...more
Billy is in the fourth grade and can't wait for the upcoming show and tell day when he can talk about all the things he'd like to be when he grows up. His dreams aren't just limited to the typical police officer or firefighter. Billy has some very interesting dreams including giving the cows a break by milking giraffes.
Told in Seuss-like rhyme, this is a clever, fun, well-illustrated and entert ...more
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 th ...more
The media used for this book is watercolors. Various shapes are used throughout the book to enhance the story and keep ...more
If you have an 8-year-old like I do, you will understand the wide-open-spaces dreaming of what to be when you grow up. It changes every day, and there's nothing better than hearing about those gigantic hopes and dreams.
Al Yankovic captures it perfectly with wonderful rhymes and great illustrations by Wes Hargis. (Yes, that Al Yankovic.)
"My walls will be filled with awards that I've gotten
For toast-on-a-stick and my Twinkies au gratin.
My kitchen wil ...more
I was entirely too excited when I discovered that "Weird" Al Yankovic had written a kids' book, and was even more pleased when I discovered that the book was excellent. Weird Al's humor has always been kid-friendly, so translating it into a kid book was a great way for him to branch out. He found a great artist, too, to add the visuals to the wacky career ideas he came up with. More impressive, though, is the message ...more
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Pre-Reading Strategy: Vocabulary Word Map
This book is a very cute and well written text that is written in a rhyming format. Because it is written in rhyme, there tends to be some vocabulary words that I don't believe the typical primary students will be familiar with. In example, the word "vocation" might not be familiar to elementary students. Because of this, I would use the word map pre-reading strategy.
I would start by selecting a few vocabula ...more
Familiar Experience: what I want to be
Weird Al Yankovic expands potential professions for a slew of interests in this imaginative rendition of the age old question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" My favorite was the gorilla masseuse!
Jenilyn, Read aloud