When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic

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'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 belief in unlimited potential!

Virtuoso wordplay, irresistible rhythm, and laugh-out-loud humor abound in the first picture book by the one and only "Weird Al" Yankovic. This unbridled celebration of creativity and possibility invites readers of all ages to consider afresh what they want to be when they grow up. Features the author reading the text.


About Al Yankovic

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Thoroughly original, "Weird Al" Yankovic is America's premier satirist of popular music and culture and a New York Times bestselling children's author. This multi-Grammy winner is the biggest selling comedy recording artist in history. He lives with his family in Southern California. Visit Al on the web at www.weirdal.com and follow him on Twitter @alyankovic.
Published November 15, 2011 by HarperCollins. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Voiced in rhymed couplets with a conscious tip of the hat to Seuss and Silverstein, this adaptation of the recently published book adds even more elements to an already overstuffed story--with unexpectedly good results.

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5-8) Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2011 ...

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His formality gives way to freewheeling fantasies as he envisions himself a world-famous chef ("My walls will be filled with awards that I've gotten/ For toast-on-a-stick and my Twinkies au gratin"), a snail trainer ("Why, that's a no-brainer!"), a lathe operator, and a giraffe milker ("It's oh-s...

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Tampa Bay Times

The tagged pics will show up in the slideshow below, and the best ones will appear in print on Thursdays.

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Common Sense Media

the controls on one of the mini-games ("Gorilla Masseuse") feels a bit too finicky for young kids.

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