When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061926914
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 201,022
Product dimensions: 10.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Known for more than thirty years as America's premier satirist of popular music and culture, "Weird Al" Yankovic has had almost as many careers as Billy can dream of. Advised by his father to do whatever made him happy, he has accordingly been a comedian, singer/songwriter, music producer, actor, director, and writer—often all at the same time. Mr. Yankovic has won three Grammy Awards and has sold more comedy recordings than anyone else in history. He lives with his family in Southern California.


Wes Hargis wanted to be a professional dirt miner when he grew up. Unstable market prices for dirt led him to pursue his second love, and he has been an illustrator for more than fifteen years. Mr. Hargis lives with his family (and his dirt) in Arizona.

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When I Grow Up 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
MommyTimesFour More than 1 year ago
We love this book! I read it to my children almost every night. Entertaining, comical, and just plain fun!
JAN53JN More than 1 year ago
I love this book for younger readers. I put it on my Nook Color so I can show it on the Smartboards at school when I do my career lessons with my younger students. I am a school counselor.
Jessiqa on LibraryThing 3 days ago
So cute. I could hear Al's voice in my head as I read it and I had a great big grin on my face when I finished it. It's got a great message while remaining fun and accessible. I think it should be in every school and every library.
alanbethcam on LibraryThing 3 days ago
I LOOOOOOVED this book! I laughed all the way through it. It was even more fun when my husband read it out loud to our family. It's cute to see Billy be creative with his ideas of what he wants to grow up. Even though they draw Mrs. Krupp (the teacher) as rather scary looking, you can see her patience with him throughout the book. I was particularly touched by the ending where he says that maybe he'll even grow up to be a great teacher like Mrs. Krupp. (I was 8 when I decided to be a teacher, just because I had an awesome teacher like Mrs. Krupp.)
TeachingEternity on LibraryThing 3 days ago
I loved reading this book. It made me think a bit of Dr. Seuss (the rhyming, the far-out professions), but I still loved the book. As a teacher I ask kids each year what they'd like to be when they grew up. Wouldn't it be great if they'd 'leave their options open' the way Billy did. I think it would be great to teach kids not only that they can be anything they want to when they grow up, but they can be many different things as well. This will be a yearly read-aloud in my classroom!
totsgram on LibraryThing 3 days ago
I love this story! The illustrations are fetching and so appealing to little eyes and how can you not love the rhythm of the pages? Very Seusslike and we're a big fan of that talented fellow. The progress of the story takes the reader (and those listening) right along in the wonderful possibilities of life as a grown-up. This one will be read over and over and ......
sara1022 on LibraryThing 3 days ago
I received this book with Early Reviewers. Let me say that this is a fabulous and adorable book. I read it out loud and my fiance quickly became interested. Billy, a student, introduces kids to different kinds of jobs (some quite silly) during his show-and-tell time. His teacher finally asks him what he really is going to be since he is choosing so many different jobs and Billy replies that he might do them all. I absolutely adore the illustrations in this book, as well as the rhyming patterns. My fourth grade students will LOVE this book.
mdemock on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Quirky book with great illustrations. "When I Grow Up" is a story about wanting to be anything and everything, no matter how strange. This story sends the comforting message that it is okay not to know exactly what you want to be when you are older.
antmusic on LibraryThing 3 days ago
I received this hardcover through the Early Reviewers program on Lubrary Thing. I immediately read it to my five year-old and we both cracked up throughout it. The pictures are delightful and the rhyme scheme is not unlike some favorite Dr. Seuss books (but with bigger words). Occupations real and imagined fill this delightful tome. Giraffe Milker, it's in there. Gorilla Massuese, yup.There was one double meaning line in the book that kids won't get... "Master Debator." This might be an occupation, but it is also a subversive James Bond-ian term. That is my sole complaint just because it made ME think of that.Oh, and yes this is written by "Weird Al" Yankovic of Grammy award and pop song parody fame.
Poemyhero on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Cute little read for kids! I had to pick it up because Weird Al wrote it! I particularly liked why he wrote it. =)
DavidFrank on LibraryThing 3 days ago
This book deals with a question that all children ponder frequently which is what they will be when they grow up. In this story Billy shares with his class numerous scenarios of what he wants to be when he grows up. Some examples are a gorilla masseuse, rodeo clown, firefighter, teacher etc. The message at the end of the book is that his great-grandfather had many different careers and at the age of 103 he still is not quite sure what he wants to be. This book can help take the pressure off children so they can keep their options open.
jerm on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Only parts of this book read like they were written by Weird Al, the others are spot on for a good "i dont know what i wanna be" story. The illustrations are also neat, following the jumping story pretty well. Has a Dr Seuss kinda feel when he starts adding outlandish jobs about half way through but manages not to go to far off that deep end and keep his own style. Overall well done,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a cute book and can teach children they can be whatever they want when they grow up. Great for reading to an elementary class.
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