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: 94,401

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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Billy Twitters's parents don't mess around when doling out punishments. When the boy fails to clean his room, brush his teeth, and finish his baked peas, they buy him a blue whale. It arrives via FedUp (motto: "Delivering Punishment Worldwide"), and it's up to Billy to take care of it. Rex's goofy illustrations blend the realistic with the fantastic, as in a giant wordless spread of Billy pedaling furiously on his bike, towing the whale behind on a skateboard as the beast's bulk takes out telephone poles and traffic lights. At school, things don't improve; a teacher gives a whale lecture instead of showing a promised cowboy movie, and Billy is uninvited from a pool party when the hostess learns he would have to bring the cetacean. And he soon finds that gathering thousands of krill for its dinner is tough work. At last, after cleaning out the whale's stinky mouth, Billy decides that it's a pretty peaceful place, and he decides to move in. That's a strange ending for an odd story, but young readers will likely enjoy the ridiculous premise, and the many whale facts worked seamlessly into the tale. Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD SLJ"