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Billy's booger : a memoir (which is a true story, which this books is)

by Joyce, William, 1957-

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 15 Libraries 16 of 18 copies
Available (16)
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Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB JOYCE William
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
 
Collection  Picture Books
 
Call Number  PB JOYCE William
 
 
C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Picture Books E Joy
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Collection  Picture Books
 
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CLP - East Liberty Children's Picture Books j FICTION Joyce
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books j FICTION Joyce
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Picture Books j FICTION Joyce
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Collection  Children's Picture Books
 
Call Number  j FICTION Joyce
 
 
Coraopolis Memorial Library Juvenile Picture Books J PIC JOY
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Collection  Juvenile Picture Books
 
Call Number  J PIC JOY
 
 
Green Tree Public Library Children's Easy E GRO JOY
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Moon Township Public Library Easy PICTURE BOOKS JE JOYCE
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Collection  Easy
 
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea JOYCE William
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Collection  Children's Picture Books
 
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Northern Tier Regional Library Picture Book J PB JOYCE
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile Easys E j JOY
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile Easys E j JOY
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Picture Book Juv Pict Joy
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Robinson Library Juvenile Picture Books PICT FIC JOYCE
Location  Robinson Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Picture Books
 
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South Park Library Picture Books CREATE PIC JOY
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Collection  Picture Books
 
Call Number  CREATE PIC JOY
 
 
Western Allegheny Community Library Picture Book JP PIC JOYCE
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Collection  Picture Book
 
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Unavailable (2)
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Juvenile Easy CHECKED OUT
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Collection  Juvenile Easy
 
Status  CHECKED OUT
 
 
Upper St. Clair Township Library Picture Books CHECKED OUT
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Collection  Picture Books
 
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Summary
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This meta-mash-up of comic books, basal readers, and a more linear narrative tells the author-illustrator's own childhood story, steeped in nostalgia. Joyce, along with his fourth-grade self (according to the title page), recounts a single episode from his elementary-school years. A struggling student, Billy takes refuge in the Sunday funnies that fuel his furious imagination. When a school contest invites entries for the best children's book, he is sure he will take the prize. His entry, Billy's Booger: The Memories of a Little Green Nose Buddy, details a young boy's superhero booger with amazing powers of math and speed, and is bound within this book in its hilarious entirety. Billy is disappointed when his submission doesn't win or even place, but when it becomes the most popular holding in the school library, a career in children's books is born. Joyce's recognizable style, smooth and polished and bursting with midcentury detail, is a natural foil for the abundant hand-drawn, childlike embellishments. This spirited memoir shows and tells what it feels like to struggle and to prevail. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: An Academy Award for the short film of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2012) solidified Joyce's spot on the map, and innovative multiplatform projects have kept him there expect this one to be a popular pick.--Barthelmess, Thom Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Joyce's recreation of an episode from his own childhood bursts with energy and warmth. Eccentric fourth-grader Billy is obsessed with the Sunday funnies, which Joyce (the Guardians of Childhood series) spoofs lovingly, and he's thrilled about a children's book-writing contest at school ("Billy's brain was about to explode!"). His entry, Billy's Booger, is included as an insert, and it's a dead-on rendition of grade-school storytelling, complete with faux manila paper. In it, the small green product of a sneeze brings Billy such amazing math superpowers that the president appeals to him for aid: "Can you help me? I've got to know how many candy bars we need to give to all the kids of the US of A?" Billy's shaky grammar and spelling keep him out of the winner's circle, and he's disconsolate until the librarian tells him that his book has been checked out more than any of the winners. Discovering that his wild imaginings please his peers sets Billy on the road to a career in books, and there isn't a reader who won't share his elation. Ages 4-8. Agent: Michael Siegel, Michael Siegel & Associates. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects Imagination -- Juvenile literature.
Books and reading -- Juvenile literature.
Authorship -- Juvenile literature.
Schools -- Juvenile literature.
Contests -- Juvenile literature.
Imagination -- Fiction.
Books and reading -- Fiction.
Authorship -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Contests -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2015
Edition First edition.
Audience 004-008.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 9781442473515
1442473517
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