A love of drawing and an understanding librarian help a struggling student find his voice in this quirky and creative ode to artistic expression, featuring a book within a book, from the brilliant minds that brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and The Numberlys.Billy loves to draw. He draws on books and on his homework and even on his math tests—he might not get the answer right, but doesn't it look swell sitting in a boat at sea? His teacher doesn't think so, and neither does the principal. But the librarian has an idea to help Billy apply his illustrations to his learning: a book-making contest!So Billy gets to work, reading everything he can about meteors, mythology, space travel, and...mucus? Yep, Billy's book is about the world's smartest booger, who stays tucked away until right when he's needed—say, to solve multiplication problems, or answer questions from the President. Billy's sure his story is a winner. But being a winner doesn't mean you always win.Full of nostalgic references to a time when TV was black-and-white and Sunday newspapers had things called the funnies, this wildly fun story-within-a-story is based loosely on the childhood of children's book legend William Joyce, and includes a sewn-in mini-book that tells the tale of the world's smartest booger.