When I Grow Up

By Al Yankovic; Wes Hargis (Illustrator)
(HarperTorch, Hardcover, 9780061926914, 24pp.)

Publication Date: February 2011

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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.




About the Author
Known for more than thirty years as America's premier satirist of popular music and culture, "Weird Al" Yankovic has had almost as many careers as Billy can dream of. Advised by his father to do whatever made him happy, he has accordingly been a comedian, singer/songwriter, music producer, actor, director, and writer often all at the same time. Mr. Yankovic has won three Grammy Awards and has sold more comedy recordings than anyone else in history. He lives with his family in Southern California.

Wes Hargis wanted to be a professional dirt miner when he grew up. Unstable market prices for dirt led him to pursue his second love, and he has been an illustrator for more than fifteen years. Mr. Hargis lives with his family (and his dirt) in Arizona.


NPR
Sunday, Feb 27, 2011

In Grammy-award winning parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic's new children's book, When I Grow Up, Billy tells his teacher he wants to be a gorilla masseuse. When Yankovic himself was growing up, he wanted to be a writer for Mad magazine, he tells Liane Hansen on Weekend Edition Sunday. More at NPR.org

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