A 2014 Newbery Honor BookA New York Times Bestseller
Award-winning, nationally bestselling author Kevin Henkes introduces second-grader Billy Miller in this fast-paced and funny story about friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school. The Year of Billy Miller includes black-and-white art by Kevin Henkes and is perfect for fans of the Ramona books; Frindle, by Andrew Clements; and the Clementine series.
The New York Times declared: "Henkes's delightful story is restrained and vivid . . . forgoing the overdramatic or zany, it shows the substance, warmth and adaptability of beautifully common family love." When Billy Miller has a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade, with a lump on your head! As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, how to appreciate his little sister, and how to be a more grown up and responsible member of the family and a help to his busy working mom and stay-at-home dad. Newbery Honor author and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes delivers a short, satisfying, laugh-out-loud-funny school and family story that features a diorama homework assignment, a school poetry slam, cancelled sleepovers, and epic sibling temper tantrums. This is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.
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"Narrator Dan BittnerÕs youthful sounding voice and subtle style fit this story about 7-year-old Billy Miller. Author Kevin Henkes has written a gentle, low-key chapter book about a boyÕs emotions as he faces everyday problems. Will BillyÕs second-grade teacher think heÕs smart enough? Will his ÒPapaÓ be hurt if Billy calls him ÒDadÓ? Is Billy brave enough to read his poem in front of an audience? The stories are sweet and sometimes deeply touching (especially for an adult listener). The intelligent writing uses some sophisticated vocabulary and dramatizes some complex emotional concepts. Bittner reads effortlessly and with enthusiasm, complementing the charming story. M.M.G. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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