Billy Twitters and His Big Blue Whale Problem

Billy Twitters and His Big Blue Whale Problem

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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When Billy Twitters' mother follows through on her threat to buy him a blue whale if he refuses to obey, he finds himself the owner of an enormous pet that he must take with him everywhere, which does not make him popular at school.
Publisher: New York : Disney Hyperion Books, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780786849581
Branch Call Number: E Bar
Characteristics: [40] p. : col. ill. ; 26 x 28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rex, Adam


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Jun 03, 2015

SUMMARY: Every time Billy does not obey his parents, they threaten to get him a blue whale as punishment. He doesn't believe them because he doesn't think it can happen. But one day it does. He has to take the blue whale everywhere with him which causes all sorts of problems because, well, the whale is gigantic. His teacher his thrilled to be able to teach about whales instead of cowboys. Billy's whale comes with all sorts of responsibilities. Billy decides to move his bedroom inside of the whale where he can be free from home responsibilities.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations appear to have been created digitally. They have a 3D quality to them. They are very colorful, funny, creative, and very enjoyable to look at.

THE GOOD: This is quite a creative take on parental threats for disobedience. Nobody in the story thinks it is strange that this blue whale is somehow traveling around with Billy. And this is obviously a story for kids only, because the parents' heads are blocked out by word bubbles and other objects. Along the way there are also all sorts of interesting facts about whales. And there is plenty of quirkiness. On the back cover is an address where you can send for your own free whale. This is a legit address, but you won't get an actual whale. I will leave that as a surprise.
THE NOT AS GOOD: Has Billy really learned his lesson? It appears that instead of deciding to reform his ways, he merely moves into the whale, a bigger space, where he can have more room to be messy

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Because of the more mature content including a bully at school and the irony, I don't think the preschool crowd would fully understand this book. I would recommend it for grades 2-5.

YogiMumma Jul 25, 2012

A punishment is not so much a punishment in the end. . .what is the message?


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