I Can Be Anything! (Hardcover)

By Jerry Spinelli, Jimmy Liao (By (artist))

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316162265, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 17, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Board book (3/10/2020)

List Price: 17.99*
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When I grow up, what shall I be?

This exuberant book offers up everything from a paper plane folder to a puppy dog holder, from a silly joke teller to a snowball smoother.

Newbery-Award winning author Jerry Spinelli's simple and charming rhymes are accompanied by internationally-renowned illustrator Jimmy Liao's vibrant and fantastical illustrations. This book is an imaginative joyride about hopes and dreams, and a reminder of all the possibilities life has to offer. So, what do you want to be? Remember--you can be anything!

About the Author

Jerry Spinelli is the author of over twenty-five immensely popular books for young readers, including Eggs; Stargirl; Space Station Seventh Grade; Newbery Honor Book Wringer; Maniac Magee, winner of more than fifteen state children's book awards in addition to the Newbery Award; and the picture books Mama Seeton's Whistle and I Can Be Anything! He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Eileen.

When Jimmy Liao was little he wanted to be several things: a painter, a magician, or a train driver. Eventually he became a painter who tries to create magic with pictures. (And who sometimes still dreams of being a train driver.) He is the author and illustrator of over thirty-two books that have been translated into nine languages worldwide. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called his first book with Little, Brown, The Sound of Colors, "exuberant." He lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife and daughter.

Praise For I Can Be Anything!

* "[An] uplifting, imaginative vision of life's possibilities that suggests that there are no limits--not even the sky."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Both the lilting text and amusing watercolor and acrylic illustrations are full of energy....[A] marvelous story."—School Library Journal