Illustrator: Steve Anthony
Published by Scholastic on 5th October 2017
Genres: Children's, Humour, Picture Book
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This hugely exciting picture book collaboration by internationally celebrated musician-comedian Tim Minchin and award-winning illustrator Steve Antony is an absolute treat for all ages. Inspired by Tim Minchin's hit song WHEN I GROW UP from MATILDA THE MUSICAL, the book takes a humorous yet moving look at adult life from a child's perspective. Grown-ups surely have all the fun as they must eat sweets every day, climb the biggest trees and watch cartoons till their eyes go square. But do they really...? A truly magical picture book by two incredible talents.
Reviewed by Alex and Toby
We really liked this book! The pictures were so good and we liked reading about what adults get to do when they’re grown up. We can’t wait to be adults so that we can stay up as late as we want and eat whatever we want to eat! Mum read this book to us and then afterwards she played us a video of Tim Minchin singing the song and we spoke about the illustrations.
This book made us think about what we would like to do when we grow up. On the way to school yesterday, Toby said he would like to buy a limousine with a swimming pool and a hot tub. He would have some pigs (his favourite animal) and he would let them ride around in the limousine with him! Toby’s a bit crazy as you can probably tell!
Reviewed by Mum
What a beautiful book!
Sharing my love of reading with the boys is one of my favourite things to do, so it goes without saying (although yes, I am saying it now!) that I love sitting down to read to them too. This book was a delight to read to them and the illustrations opened up so much in the way of discussion about what the boys might be able to do when they grow up.
The words and illustrations both did wonders to explain the ideas that children have about adulthood, although I felt that some of the illustrations went a step further to show the truth behind what children imagine to be real. I loved that most of the illustrations had a deeper meaning to adults, while still allowing children to see them in a care-free way.