Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem

Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem

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By (author) Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Adam Rex

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  • Publisher: Hyperion Books
  • Format: Hardback | 34 pages
  • Dimensions: 257mm x 272mm x 10mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 22 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0786849584
  • ISBN 13: 9780786849581
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 106,653

Product description

A blue whale is longer than thirty dogs lined up nose to tail. Its tongue weighs as much as four hundred cats. Blue whales make terrible pets....Just ask Billy Twitters.

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Author information

Mac Barnett is a writer living in Los Angeles, CA. He's also the Executive Director of 826LA, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center, and founder of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers (seriously). Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem is his first picture book. Adam Rex (www.adamrex.com) is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Frankenstein Makes A Sandwich. His other books include Pssst!, The True Meaning of Smekday, The Dirty Cowboy (written by Amy Timberlake) and the Lucy Rose series (written by Katy Kelly). He lives in Philadelphia.

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When his parents threaten to teach him responsibility by giving him a whale, Billy Twitters isn't worried: "It's not like you can just have one delivered to your house overnight." But he's wrong. Rex's (Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich) howler of a double-page spread shows an enormous trailer attached to a "FedUp" truck, an equally massive blue whale suspended from tow straps. Rex's Mad magazine style artwork-realistic enough to drive home the humor and full of clever touches-is the perfect choice for Barnett's high-concept debut. Billy hauls the whale to school behind his bike, a skateboard under the creature for easier sliding; confronts the school bully and the school geek (new allies, in league against him); and struggles with blue whale upkeep, like collecting 10,000 gallons of seawater at mealtime ("Try the ocean, son," his father suggests). Billy never names his whale-it's more of a burden than a pet. The abrupt ending disappoints somewhat, given the uproarious pages that precede it (the contributors also work in scientific information about blue whales-though readers, between laughs, may not notice). Still, tons of fun. PW"