Written by Al Yankovic
Illustrated by Wes Hargis
Billy, a student in Mrs.Krupp's class, is very excited to share what he wants to be when he grows up during the class's show and tell time. He begins by claiming to want to be the world's best chef, and stops Mrs. Krupp when she wrongly thinks he is finished sharing. Billy has many ideas about what he wants to be when he grows up, from a snail trainer to a gorilla masseuse, or maybe a movie director or a dinosaur-dusting museum curator. Mrs. Krupp, fed up with Billy's wild ideas, tells Billy that he needs to pick one thing. Billy responds that his 103-year-old grandfather has held so many different jobs, and he's still not sure what he wants to be when he grows up! At the end of the story, Billy leaves Mrs. Krupp a note saying that he may even be a great teacher like her someday.
This book would be fantastic for a creative writing prompt about what students would like to do when they grow up, and for a discussion about what occupations the people in their family have held. Some of the vocabulary in this book is quite advanced, so a discussion about word meanings would be necessary. I would use this book with upper elementary, fourth and fifth grades.
Some things I loved. Some things I liked. Some things I didn't like. Some things I didn't care about...
Things I loved
I felt that I have been with Kyle and Brad since the very beginning, five years, seven books, and few short stories ago. So I loved being with them, watching them growing up as they left the town of Foster. Stumbled into life uncertainties, wrong choices, fear of the unknown, jealousy, making mistakes along the way, but then found their way back to each other with what I hope to be wiser decisions.
I thought John Goode did really well in this part. Clearly he cared about these boys, and myself as a reader felt the same way. The third epilogue made me smile, and I can't wait to read about them in their twenties.
Things I liked
I liked the additional 'voice' of Troy, [Kyle's half brother]. I definitely think he had his own story to tell. I don't really care if he's not gay, I kind of want to read something about him. Despite his sexuality. Oh, and I also liked to get more voices of Robbie. This father figure for Kyle (and Brad to that extent) was also somebody dear to my heart, every since he burst into the scenes few books ago.
Things I didn't like
Brad's decision ... [he actually stayed with the person who DRUGGED him?!?]. I know that Brad could be a little bit naive, like he only sees the possibility of good things from other people. But this borders to stupidity. I didn't like that because it seemed like enforcing stereotype of jocks are stupid *shrugs*.
Things I didn't care about
Tyler. Matt. Seriously, these two are my least favorite characters from the Foster-verse. And no matter what they did, I couldn't seem to find myself liking them as individuals or as a couple. Before, I only didn't care about Tyler (I'm still too vindictive about him). But here, with Matt, acting like he's what, Robbie's best friend? Trying to warn Sebastian about his intention?? To me Matt is acting all high and mighty. See Matt, you are NOT Robbie's anything. So screw you.
Yeah, these two I didn't care about. Actually, maybe this should fall into things I didn't like. I don't even think that I want to read their next book (but darn there will be Robbie and Sebastian there, I'm conflicted!).
Oh, I didn't care about reading Coach Gunn's narration too *shrugs*
I guess in the end, why I ended up giving this 3-stars was that this story to have a little too many perspectives for what I wanted to be a Kyle and Brad's book. I don't mind getting updates from other characters, but maybe in their own books, rather than stealing the thunder from the two boys that hold my heart in their hands.
Especially Tyler and Matt. Urgh.
This story is meant to inspire children to be themselves rather than letting people tell them who they should be. This book could be used at the beginning of the year or for a character building lesson where students could share what they want to be and who they are afterwards. This could also be used for a lesson in studying book themes.
Okay, so if you're anything like me, you read that title and went "What the hell?!". No BS, when I first saw it, before I read the blurb, I totally thought it was going to be some sort of erotica book lol. That is no where close to what this book really is. While their is some graphic, and honestly, hard to stomach subject matter in this book, I think it was BRILLIANT. I really respect Collins as a person, and a writer too, for telling this story.
As hard as it is to think about subjects like child abuse, rape, drug addiction, etc. these are things that NEED to be acknowledged. These are things that affect people. REAL PEOPLE. Maybe even someone YOU know, will meet one day, or maybe even you. I read this statistic not terribly long ago, I can't remember when exactly, or where, but I will never forget what it said...in college 1 in every 3 women are victims of sexual assault. 1 in 3!!! This was devastating to me, as a woman, a mother of a daughter, and a human being. And as soul crushing as hearing these things, or reading about the atrocities that happened in this story are, maybe this acknowledgement, this dialog, this story, just maybe it will help someone. It may not save anyone from having something awful happen to them, but at the very least it gives you a closer look at some of the warning signs to look for.
This was a story about 3 young girls that were assaulted early in their life, and the impacts that it had into their adult years. Three very different girls, with very different situations, and outcomes. Things get pretty real right away, there is no easing you into this tale, which I think was very well done. I was sympathetic to each of the girls right away, It worked well in forming that bond with the characters and had me desperately needing to know what happened with them next. At first I was kind of wondering why the Author decided to tell three different stories, but there was a very good reason for her doing so, and I was honestly surprised with how they seamlessly entertwined after awhile.The POV switches were PERFECTION. I just feel the need to glorify that tidbit after having struggled so much with that in some of my other recent reads.
This story is pretty fast paced, and 100% engaging. Once I was into it, I had a hard time putting it down! I also thought this author took a lot of care with this subject material, she didn't shy away from harsh truths, but she also didn't make it so graphic that it was a struggle to get through. It was just a fine balancing act that she nailed from start to finish. I am so surprised that this book does not have more reviews. It kind of hurts my heart a little. But considering the title had me initially shying away from it, I could see why it might not grab more people that way. I'm so glad I looked inside for more, because this was a GREAT book. I get that this story might not be for everyone, it's not all sunshine and puppy dogs, but it was brilliantly done and I'm thoroughly impressed by it. When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Prostitute gets a high recommendation from me.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.