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Apr 08 2007

Billy by Kate de Goldi

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Allen and Unwin
Subtitle: a Lolly Leopold story
Illustrator: Jacqui Colley

Ages 7-12. Billy is a delightful combination of engaging story and pictures that demand a second look. Lolly Leopold recounts how Billy, a boy who can't control his temper or what he says, is always being sent to The Quiet Club by his incomparable teacher, Ms Love. The story revolves around the often hilarious preparation that the class does for Pet and Produce Day.

Using Lolly's words, Kate De Goldi sensitively captures the frustration of an ingenious boy who doesn't fit the mould and a teacher who is unique. Jacqui Colley's fabulous illustrations add a wonderful dimension to the story. When the story ends the reader is compelled to start again, this time examining in detail the pictures that portray each character and incident so well. Billy follows the award winning Clubs, and its originality and humour will sure to have appeal for readers.

Pat Pledger

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