When I Grow Up

Narrated by: Al Yankovic
Length: 6 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"'Cause maybe I'll be a gorilla masseuse
Or an artist who sculpts out of chocolate mousse
Or a rodeo clown or a movie director
Or maybe professional pickle inspector....

Billy's classmates may have never considered careers in snail training or sumo wrestling before, but by the time the exuberant eight-year-old is done cataloging his dream jobs, they just might share his belief in unlimited potential!

Virtuoso wordplay, irresistible rhythm, and laugh-out-loud humor abound in the first kids' book by the one and only "Weird Al" Yankovic. This unbridled celebration of creativity and possibility invites listeners of all ages to consider afresh what they want to be when they grow up.

©2011 Weird Al Yankovic (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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Weird Al Yankovich....

...all i can say about how well read, is it's done by Weird Al, that's enough said!

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A wacky little story with TONS of energy

'Weird Al' Yankovic is an entertaining fellow, and his performance in reading his story is worth the price regardless of the content. The story itself is pretty good too, though not one I would have made much note of if it wasn't for the name on the cover. My 8-year-old thought it was hilarious. Probably a bit too rowdy for bedtime, however. :)

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Weird Al poetry

This is a Weird Al picture book, but it does well as audio, because the prose is quite silly. I can imagine myself reading the physical copy aloud with lots of gusto, but Weird Al does it best.

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Weird Al at His Best

What made the experience of listening to When I Grow Up the most enjoyable?

I loved listening to Weird Al read this story. The character came alive as Al acted out what he does with his voice. This is a great story to listen to and adds another talent that Al is great at.

What was one of the most memorable moments of When I Grow Up?

When the character goes lists how many jobs he wants to do.

What does Al Yankovic bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He becomes the character. You can actually visualize what he is doing as he describes his many job asperations.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely!

Any additional comments?

I love this book. I want to get the book to go along with the audio recording. This is a great way to present books to non or struggling readers.

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Hilarious !

Wonderful story, great rhymes, and plenty of wacky fun...my kids love this and request it over and over! Weird Al;s narration is a treat, and my kids love the wild job ideas he comes up with in this charming tale.

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  • LittleForestOwl
  • 04-15-15

A wonderful children's story

My son loved this book. It really made him laugh. It's great to see this man is as entertaining as ever, for a new generation.

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  • Anthony
  • 11-26-13

Great for children

My son really enjoyed this audiobook, it was extremely funny. Weird Al was great, made the story even better. Would recommend to anyone with small children.