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Booktalking "When I Grow Up" by Al Yankovic


It is show-and-tell day in Mrs. Krupp's class, and eight-year-old Billy has a lot to share. The topic of today's project: "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

Billy could be the greatest chef that you've ever seen create kumquats and shrimp-flavored lollipops,
a snail-trainer whose snails ride bicycles,
a giraffe-milker who uses a tall ladder instead of a chair in order to make giraffe cheese,
a gorilla masseuse,
a professional pickle-inspector,
a friendly mortician,
a sidewalk side waver,
or a part-time assistant tarantula shaver.

Billy's great-grandfather Bob is 103 years old. And even he doesn't know what he wants to be yet.

When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic, 2011

The illustrations are outrageous, detailed and hilarious. They remind me of Steven Kellogg's work. 

A family member introduced me to Weird Al when I was young, and his comedy and songs are quite unique. This book did not disappoint.


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Love this.

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