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! As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, appreciate his little sister, and 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 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.
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by Kevin Henkes
by Max Allan Collins
by Danielle Steel
by Kevin Brooks
"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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