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About The Book
Billy loves to draw. He draws on books and on his homework and even on his math tests—he might not get the answer right, but doesn’t it look swell sitting in a boat at sea? His teacher doesn’t think so, and neither does the principal. But the librarian has an idea that just might help Billy better direct his illustrative energies: a book-making contest!
Billy gets right to work, reading everything he can about meteors, mythology, space travel, and…mucus? Yep, his book is going to be about the world’s smartest booger, who stays tucked away until needed—say, to solve multiplication problems, or answer questions from the President. Billy’s sure his story is a winner. But being a winner doesn’t mean you always win.
Full of nostalgic references to a time when TV was black-and-white and Sunday newspapers had things called the funnies, this wildly fun story-within-a-story is based loosely on children’s book legend William Joyce’s third grade year, and includes a sewn-in mini-book of that tale of the world’s smartest booger.
About The Illustrator
William Joyce does a lot of stuff but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The Guardians series, Dinosaur Bob series, George Shrinks, and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also his Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives in Shreveport, Louisiana. Talk to William Joyce and see upcoming work at @HeyBillJoyce on Twitter and Instagram.
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 2, 2015)
- Length: 40 pages
- ISBN13: 9781442473515
- Grades: P - 3
- Ages: 4 - 8
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Awards and Honors
- ILA Teachers' Choices
- South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominee
- Kansas NEA Reading Circle List Starred PrimaryTitle
- Magnolia Book Award Nominee (MS)
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- Book Cover Image (jpg): Billy's Booger Hardcover 9781442473515
- Author Photo (jpg): William Joyce photograph (c) Tony Reans(2.1 MB)
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