Children's Literature @ NYPL
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.
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.