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Toon Review: The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

The Year of Billy Miller
By Kevin Henkes

Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins)

ISBN: 9780062268150
Grades 2-4
In Stores September 17, 2013

Find it at:
Schuler Books | Your Library

*Best New Book*

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Digital review copy from Edelweiss.

Also reviewed by For Those About to MockA Fuse #8 Production, Waking Brain Cells, Sal’s Fiction Addiction, Daydream Reader.

“The Henk” nickname credit:

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Hooray for the return of the toon reviews! It’s been too long.

    I now insist that someone make a “The Henk Is Listening” t-shirt. Please.

  2. So love it! I want a shirt, too!

  3. So awesome (she said belatedly, upon her return from the beach).

    Though I picture the process as being more like the Skeksis draining the essence of a Podling in the Dark Crystal.


  4. It’s amazing the simplest characters are the ones that really sticks to our minds. I guess the complicated drawings are too much for us to handle sometimes.