The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

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The book’s clear structure, concrete images, and just-challenging-enough vocabulary are smartly attuned to emerging readers, and its warmth, relatable situations, and sympathetic hero give it broad appeal.
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A 2014 Newbery Honor Book
A New York Times Bestseller

Award-winning, nationally bestselling author Kevin Henkes introduces second-grader Billy Miller in this fast-paced and funny story about friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school. The Year of Billy Miller includes black-and-white art by Kevin Henkes and is perfect for fans of the Ramona books; Frindle, by Andrew Clements; and the Clementine series.

The New York Times declared: "Henkes's delightful story is restrained and vivid . . . forgoing the overdramatic or zany, it shows the substance, warmth and adaptability of beautifully common family love." When Billy Miller has a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade, with a lump on your head! As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, how to appreciate his little sister, and how to be a more grown up and responsible member of the family and a help to his busy working mom and stay-at-home dad. Newbery Honor author and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes delivers a short, satisfying, laugh-out-loud-funny school and family story that features a diorama homework assignment, a school poetry slam, cancelled sleepovers, and epic sibling temper tantrums. This is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.

 

About Kevin Henkes

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Kevin Henkes is the creator of award-winning books for children and young readers. Many of them star his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. His most recent books are Little White Rabbit, Junonia, and the first two books in this series, Penny and Her Song and Penny and Her Doll. Kevin Henkes lives in Madison, Wisconsin. You can visit him online at www.KevinHenkes.com.
 
Published May 26, 2015 by Perfection Learning. 240 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on Jul 05 2013

The book’s clear structure, concrete images, and just-challenging-enough vocabulary are smartly attuned to emerging readers, and its warmth, relatable situations, and sympathetic hero give it broad appeal.

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Reviewed by Priscilla Gilman on Sep 13 2013

Henkes’s delightful story is restrained and vivid in just this way: forgoing the overdramatic or zany, it shows the substance, warmth and adaptability of beautifully common family love. Mama’s “when it’s quiet you can hear so much” perfectly describes the resonant power of Henkes’s vision.

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Publishers Weekly

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Reviewed by Jennifer Green on Aug 08 2013

Definitely make room on your bookshelves alongside Ramona and Clementine for Billy Miller. I know this book is to become a favorite read-aloud for primary teachers, and I will take immense pleasure in recommending it during our store’s upcoming educator night.

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Publishers Weekly

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on Jul 08 2013

The book’s clear structure, concrete images, and just-challenging-enough vocabulary are smartly attuned to emerging readers, and its warmth, relatable situations, and sympathetic hero give it broad appeal.

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