A few days before Billy is about to start 2nd grade, he falls and receives a concussion. He overhears his parents discussing their worries that there might be permanent brain damage, so Billy starts 2nd grade fearing that he won't be smart any more. Luckily Billy has a wonderful teacher, and a kind and supportive family. He makes it through the year with flying colors, and, along the way, his innate kindness and desire to be good helps those around him.
Kevin Henkes visited my library last Spring and I had the opportunity to get to know him a little when I was assigned to drive him to the airport. My husband came along for the ride and both he and I were impressed with Mr Henkes' innate gentleness and goodness. It was my husband that wanted to read this book for our family story reading, (I say family, but actually my kids are so busy they aren't able to join us very much. It was mostly David and I reading together.) We both loved the book. Mr. Henkes nails how a 7 year old thinks. We both laughed several times because what we read brought back memories of our or our children's childhood. David also noted that the book could be a good example to both parents and teachers of how to help a child learn and grow while providing a supportive environment. Two thumbs way up. (229 p)