BILLY TWITTERS AND HIS BLUE WHALE PROBLEM by Mac Barnett
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BILLY TWITTERS AND HIS BLUE WHALE PROBLEM

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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Readers know what kind of place they are in when the endpapers include ads for giant-squid repellent and shrimp-of-the-month club and the author and illustrator snark at each other in the dedication. Billy Twitters’s room looks much as one might expect: unmade bed, piles of dirty and clean clothes, video games, books, backpack and stuffed toys everywhere. Billy’s mom tells him plainly that he’s to clean up his room and finish his dinner or “we’re buying you a blue whale.” He doesn’t, and they do. While Rex never reveals the faces of the adults, he does provide nicely detailed diagrams of the size and habits of the blue whale (from FedUp, “Delivering Punishment Worldwide”). Billy has to take his whale everywhere, even though the whale kind of wrecks the classroom and moves Alexis to un-invite Billy and the whale to her pool party. However, the prospect of feeding his whale inspires Billy to a damp and fishy but very boylike solution to the problem of both room-cleaning and whale-sitting. Definitely funny and slyly subversive. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: June 23rd, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7868-4958-1
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2009




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