Tate is obviously bored with his hand-writing practice. (Too bad he needs it so desperately.)
He dutifully copied the letters and words, in his Getty-Dubay Italic book. But when he went to copy the sentences (scintillating little gems, like "Up the hill went Uncle Bill"), he couldn't resist the urge to liven things up a bit, boy fashion.
Instead of "Wendy's wagon is red", I got a wonderfully modified drawing and,
"Wendy's wagon is CODE RED!"
And on the previous page, "Is Vic's vest blue?" was followed by smaller letters, reading,
"No, and it's shot full'a holes", with another pure-Tate piece of art.