The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues
Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
Pages: 240 Hardcover
Date Published: September 17th, 2013
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
When Billy Miller has a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade, with a lump on your head! As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, how to appreciate (some of the time) his pesky (and hilarious) little sister, and how to be a more grown-up and responsible member of the family and a help to his busy working mom and stay-at-home dad. Award-winning author Kevin Henkes delivers a short, satisfying, laugh-out-loud funny school and family story complete with homework (dioramas!), school shows (original poetry performed at microphones!), canceled sleepovers, and epic sibling temper tantrums. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white art by the author, this is a perfect short chapter book for the early elementary grades that will appeal to readers of the Ramona books, Andrew Clements, and the Clementine series.
Kevin Henkes is the creator of many books for children. He has written both picture books and novels, including Olive’s Ocean (for which he received a Newbery Honor), Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, and Kitten’s First Full Moon (winner of the Caldecott Medal). He and his wife, Laura Dronzek, live with their son and daughter in Madison, Wisconsin.