Billy's Booger by William Joyce

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Read Billy's Booger Online Free - A young lad who would rather draw than do math, spell, or gargle finds the perfect outlet for his always-on imagination in this manifesto to creative joie de vivre, featuring a book within a book, from the brilliant minds that brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Billy loves to draw. He draws on books and on his homework and even on his math tests—he might not get the answer right, but doesn’t it look swell sitting in a boat at sea? His teacher doesn’t think so, and neither does the principal. But the librarian has an idea that just might help Billy better direct his illustrative energies: a book-making contest!

Billy gets right to work, reading everything he can about meteors, mythology, space travel, and…mucus? Yep, his book is going to be about the world’s smartest booger, who stays tucked away until needed—say, to solve multiplication problems, or answer questions from the President. Billy’s sure his story is a winner. But being a winner doesn’t mean you always win.

Full of nostalgic references to a time when TV was black-and-white and Sunday newspapers had things called the funnies, this wildly fun story-within-a-story is based loosely on children’s book legend William Joyce’s third grade year, and includes a sewn-in mini-book of that tale of the world’s smartest booger.

Title : Billy's Booger
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ISBN : 1442473517
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 pages


Betsy rated it ★★★★★

May 17, 2015

The fictionalized picture book memoir is a fairly new creation, when you get right down to it. It’s not as if Sendak was telling tales about a little boy in Brooklyn or Margaret Wise Brown was penning nostalgic stories of a girl in a Swiss boarding school. But somewhere during the latter part of...

Laura rated it ★★★★★

August 04, 2015

Pure fun and a book within a book (Billy's own book). Clever and beautiful. Possibly Caldecott worthy.

Beth rated it ★★★☆☆

October 09, 2015

I know this book deserves a better rating than I gave it, but I just really can't get past the idea of the word booger being in the title. There are certain gross things that make some people laugh and other people cringe. I'm in the latter category with this one. That doesn't mean I don't recogn...

Beverly rated it ★★★★☆

October 24, 2017

I expected it too be very gross, but it wasn't, really. More about Billy writing his first book.

Tasha rated it ★★★★☆

August 03, 2015

This memoir in picture book format celebrates the creativity of a child destined to become an author. William has trouble at school. He wishes math were as much fun as the comics in the newspaper. He wants to play invented sports in gym instead of the normal ones. Notes are sent home from school....

Amber rated it ★★★★★

October 12, 2015

Any book with a title that includes the word booger is an immediate win for my fifth grade boys! In the style of Amelia with her notebooks and creative doodles, young Billy Joyce does his best to make school as interesting as the chagrin of his teachers and principal. His creativity...

Gail rated it ★★★★☆

July 21, 2016

Children's Book I teach 4th grade. I have had students just like the one mentioned in this book. I have grown to love these little quirky kids- the ones who are creative in their own way. As a teacher I have to be concerned with how much they are learning and improving, but I have come to realize...

Amy rated it ★★★★☆

March 22, 2016

In the library, we try to discourage nose picking. It's a huge temptation...especially when your loving librarian is reading the perfect book to you. Your fingers just gravitate toward your nose. The librarian may try to subtly discourage you or she might have to flat out say, "There is no nose p...

Karin rated it ★★★★★

June 10, 2015

I love William Joyce! His books are always so interesting and his illustrations are gorgeous. BUT, BILLY'S BOOGER is amazing. I love that it is built around the actual children's book he wrote as a child (which is included in this book between the pages of the story). This is a great book to shar...

Carrie rated it ★★★★★

October 04, 2015

Amazing that a book about a booger can bring me to tears and connect in such an emotional way. I love that Billy's Booger celebrates the scrutiny that "different" kids go through and also the amount of work that it takes to make it in school and life. Every writer needs to read this book, which i...

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