Billy Miller Makes a Wish
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About the Author
Kevin Henkes has been praised both as a writer and as an illustrator and is the recipient of the Children's Literature Legacy Award for his lasting contribution to literature for children. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors--one for Olive's Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller--and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Sun Flower Lion, A Parade of Elephants, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in a house in Madison, Wisconsin.
"A first-rate choice for reading aloud, this episodic, consistently captivating chapter book draws readers into Billy's world immediately. Small, kid-friendly drawings illustrate details mentioned within the narrative, but the vividly portrayed characters come to life through the words alone. A companion book to Newbery Honor Book The Year of Billy Miller, this warm family story features the same down-to earth humor and seemingly simple, beautifully crafted writing. A quiet gem."--Booklist (starred review)
"In this welcome sequel [to The Year of Billy Miller], school is over for the year and Billy is a 'second-and-a-half grader' now worrying about his eighth birthday wish. . . . Henkes is a master of characterization, deftly using dabs of telling details to build his characters. . . . When Mama and Papa share exciting news at the end of the story, Billy changes his mind about that wish he had regretted. 'Now he wouldn't change it for anything.'"--Horn Book (starred review)
"[A] short, well-paced follow-up to Newbery Honoree Henkes's The Year of Billy Miller . . . Henkes's sequel offers a refreshingly honest portrayal of kid life . . . Henkes captures the warmth of Billy's family . . . as well as his guileless voice as he navigates common trials and tribulations of childhood."--Publishers Weekly