When I Grow Up
Publication Date: May 2012
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This innovative book takes an alternative look at 12 occupations and the people who fill them. It's aim is to open up children's imaginations to the possibility that there are many more roles open to them than they may think. It doesn't just simply depict male nurses, female engineers and similar familiar sterotype-busting examples, but more broad-ranging examples of unusual people doing unusual jobs, such as Sikh lollipop man, a female clown and a black British Space Scientist. Benjamin Zephaniah's lyrical and amusing text also draws on his own experience of being stereotyped and misjudged because of the colour of his skin and the stle of his hair. Prodeepta Das is a master of photographing people in everyday situations and he brings to this project all the skill that made We Are Britain such an outstanding book. Jobs featured: Lollipop man, Clown, Space Scientist, Laywer, Concervational, Farmer, Vet, Pilot, Illustrator, Chef, Museum Director, Architect.
Benjamin Zephaniah is the author of many books including J is for Jamaica and We are Britain for Frances Lincoln. He is one of Britain's best-known poets for both adults and children and is highly popular as a performer and broadcaster. He lives near Stamford, Lincolnshire.
Prodeepta Das was born in Cuttack, in eastern India. He is a freelance photographer and author whose pictures have been published in over 20 children's books. In 1991 Inside India, which he also wrote, won the Commonwealth Photographer's Award. Prodeepta's books for Frances Lincoln are P is for Pakistan (9781847800893), Prita Goes to India (9781845074302), K is for Korea (9781847801333), We are Britain!, Geeta's Day (9780711220249), I is for India (9781845073206), J is for Jamaica, Kamal Goes to Trinidad (9781847800428), P is for Poland (9781845079178) and B is for Bangladesh (9781845079185), R is for Russia (9781847801029) and S is for South Africa (9781847800183). He lives in East London.
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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"She makes robots that go to space
To take a look at Mars.
And instruments like telescopes
To see beyond the stars."
from the book