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*Billy Tartle in Say Cheese!* by Michael Townsend
Also by Michael Townsend:

Kit Feeny: On the Move

Kit Feeny: The Ugly Necklace
Billy Tartle in Say Cheese!
by Michael Townsend
Ages 4-8 32 pages Knopf July 2007 Hardcover    

Billy Tartle is the kind of kid who means well. He has big aspirations and wild ideas. He also has to deal with adults who do not have the same zany sentiments.

Michael Townsend takes Billy Tartle on brightly colored, slightly offbeat adventures. This time around, it’s time for school pictures, and Billy needs a haircut. Billy’s mom wants him to get a nice haircut so he looks nice for the picture. Billy does not want to look nice. He wants a mohawk. A neon-colored mohawk. Pink. Green. Maybe blue.

The trip to the barbershop will lead to the best school picture day ever, one way or another.

Townsend stuffs the world of Billy Tartle into oversized boxes like a comic strip with brilliant colors and bold lines. The text is short and full of action. Slurps look and sound like long, sweet lollipop slurps.

Townsend’s book is silly in the best possible way, a fun read that provides a glimpse of the bright world children create out of the mundane elements of life.

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