Article Title

When I Grow Up


Outstanding, Preschool, Al Yankovic, Poetry, Humor, Picture Book

Document Type

Book Review


What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question commonly asked to students in school and Billy has lots of ideas of what he wants to be. From a gorilla masseuse to a professional pickle inspector to a teacher. What will he be when he grows up? Only Billy knows what he will say, but thankfully, he doesn’t have to know today! The illustrations in When I Grow Up will make readers feel as if they are spending a day in a child’s imagination! The illustrator doesn’t leave the reality of childhood messes and mud out of his pictures. Readers could easily spend a few minutes on each page, just enjoying the pictures. The pictures and the text do not exactly match up. but the illustrations add childlike elements to the impressively robust text of the book.