Billy and Milly: Short and Silly!

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Follow Billy and Milly through thirteen adventures in these funny and simple short stories. Through very basic storytelling, these brief narratives are told in only three or four words apiece. For example, 'Stoops (Billy and Milly sit on their front stoops as the ice cream truck drives by.), Hoops (Billy shoots his basketball'), Scoops ('as Milly licks her ice cream cone'), Oops ('until the ball hits the cone and squashes her ice cream!).'

Eve Feldman cleverly uses easily ...

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Overview

Follow Billy and Milly through thirteen adventures in these funny and simple short stories. Through very basic storytelling, these brief narratives are told in only three or four words apiece. For example, 'Stoops (Billy and Milly sit on their front stoops as the ice cream truck drives by.), Hoops (Billy shoots his basketball'), Scoops ('as Milly licks her ice cream cone'), Oops ('until the ball hits the cone and squashes her ice cream!).'

Eve Feldman cleverly uses easily recognizable words in these entertaining episodes, and Tuesday Mourning's vibrant, playful illustrations jump off the page to bring readers right into the action. With a pair of wonderfully playful characters, Billy and Milly is perfect for anyone who likes a good short story!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Feldman (Animals Don't Wear Pajamas) uses just three or four rhyming words to tell each of the 13 (very) short stories starring the titular hero and heroine. In "Bike/Spike/Hike," Billy is stuck pushing his bicycle up a hill after hitting a tack-like object. "Flame/Blame/Shame/Tame" finds Milly teaching a naughty dragon that it's not nice to barbeque someone else's toy; the dragon makes up for the transgression by giving Milly a magical ride on its back. While some of the stories are more successful than others, the diverse and often fantastical premises are entertaining, and all the vignettes are elevated by Mourning's (Princess Peepers) stylish artwork. The mixed media collages evoke a hip playfulness with a hodgepodge of typography and retro wallpaper textures, though the Bratz doll-like leads have a somewhat limited expressive range. While the stories are short, the book itself isn't short on ingenuity. Ages 3-5.
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Horn Book
These vignettes work beautifully . . . Mourning's flat, modern collage illustrations help . . . connect the words and encourage readers to guess what's coming next.
Children's Literature - Denise Daley
This charming picture book features two playful characters named Billy and Milly. Billy and Milly appear in a series of simple rhyming adventures. There are only one to two words on each page, and each adventure consists of only three or four rhyming words. For example, bike, spike, hike has a bright colorful illustration of Billy on a bicycle. The next page shows an illustration of Billy riding over a spike in the road and then having to hike home. Another page shows a fire breathing dragon burning a small toy with its flames. The next page shows Milly angrily yelling at the remorseful dragon. The words "flame, blame, shame" accompany the clever cartoonish drawings. Very young children will take delight in the humorous drawings and at the same time begin associating letters with words. This book is fun and easy and is highly recommended for preschool aged children. Reviewer: Denise Daley
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2–This picture book presents 13 short rhyming stories about Billy and Milly. Most of them are four words long; some, only three. Every word in each selection rhymes. “Gnat/Hat/Splat!/Flat.” The bright cartoon illustrations done in mixed-media collage are the keys to understanding the stories and the humor. Page turns often play an important role in creating a dramatic ending. Both clever and slapstick, this book can be read for pleasure or used as a jumping-off point for thinking about rhyme, language, and story.–Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
The short-story and picture-book forms are taken to a new level with these 13 very succinct vignettes told in double-page spreads using only three- or four-word rhymes formed with nouns and verbs. For example, the first story features a round-spectacled Billy holding a basketball and Milly next door, each sitting on their respective "stoops" waiting for the ice-cream truck. Billy plays "hoops" while Milly eats her "scoops" until Billy's ball lands on Milly's cone: "oops." The four rhyming words are descriptive enough to emphasize action and reaction in a complete story, the main narrative thread of which depends on Mourning's cartoon-style illustrations done in a mixed-media collage. Feldman's choices of noun/verb combinations are not only clever but present a variety of amusing, imaginative and sensible scenarios. New readers will be able to visually move through the stories easily and will be encouraged to talk about the adventures and misadventures of these two friends after they read each rhyming set. A wonderfully playful introduction to language, rhyme and storytelling. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399246517
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/11/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 605,925
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Eve Feldman lives in Rockville Center, New York.

Tuesday Mourning lives in Southern California.

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