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Where Willy Went Hardcover – 5 Feb 2004


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson (5 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091892953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091892951
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 20.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Frank and funny . . . Takes young children, skipping and whooping, out from under the gooseberry bush" (Independent)

"Likeably frank . . . Truthful and informative . . . Use it as a springboard for your own elaboration and discussion" (Daily Telegraph)

"A wonderful way to introduce the facts of life to young children in a non-threatening, accessible way" (Right Start)

"The facts of life are presented to young readers in an accessible format, helped by Nicholas Allan's humorous illustrations" (Waterstones Books Quarterly)

"Hilariously funny, warm, endearing and totally non-threatening - this small masterpiece presents the facts of life to young children in a unique but totally accessible way. A godsend for any parent faced with awkward questions" (Parents News) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Another hilarious treat from Nicholas Allan, here explaining the facts of life for the very young --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sjdalton on 29 Mar 2006
Format: Paperback
I really struggled with my children's constant questions about where babies come from - because although I want to shelter them from most things I felt that this was a subject they should grow up with knowing what a lovely natural step it is in life rather than becoming a sordid joke in the school playground...this book addresses absolutely everything I wanted it to in such a great way. My children 6 and 4 read it and said 'Oh ! is that what you did mummy ?' and that was the end of the questions.....after all those sleepless nights of wondering what to say !!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 Aug 2010
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Not believing in lying to kids but wanting to make sure innocence is still preserved, I panicked a bit when my 5 year old started asking questions and was unsure how to tackle the subject, what words to use and how much detail to get into - as well as finding the correct illustrations to help! This book ticked all the boxes! Better still - he seemed satisfied with the "story" and did not go around telling all his friends "gory details" and thereby landing me in awkward situations with other parents!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By nells on 14 Sep 2009
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This is a fantastic book - just right for my 6 year old to answer the questions he was asking in a fun but accurate way.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Sr Fisher on 6 July 2008
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I bought this for my 4 year old boy. After having his baby brother and with alot of friends having babies the 'mummys tummy' answer was no longer working. This book was just the trick it is funny even for me and provides a perfect explanation which is honest but still child friendly. I love this book!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gingham Ribbon on 19 Oct 2012
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Beautifully illustrated, funny and sweet. However, not very informative. Ideal for toddlers with siblings on the way or slightly older children asking vague questions. Not a 'facts of life' book though. Bought for my 8 year old and read to my 5 year old instead.

All the same, really lovely little story and fun to read together with little ones and for that it does an excellent job.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D Williams on 3 April 2009
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A must for all parents who want to begin talking to their children about the facts of life. Brilliantly written in a fun way that children will love and understand. For parents, you have the piece of mind that the book gives your child enough information they need but still maintains their innocence. My son is 8yrs old and we gave him this book to read now at this stage in his growing up because he could confidentally read himself. Definately rate this book 10 out of 10 its an excellent read for both parents and children.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Lady Flutterbuck of Erry Fud on 20 Feb 2011
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This book is a rare example of an honest, factual account of reproduction without going into uneccesary detail presented in a child-friendly manner. The book tells the reader that sperm comes out of the man's body and goes into the woman's body when they join together to make a baby. It shows the sperm come from the testes and the egg from the woman's tummy. There is no mention of the physical act of sex other than the couple are in a bed together; this is not a necessary part of the answer to 'where do babies come from?' for a small child.

I was also very impressed that the couple are Mr and Mrs - another reviewer was not happy about this and thought there was another way to show that sex happened in a stable relationship. I disagree, I accept that my children may not marry before they have children but I intend to teach them that babies should be born in a permanent stable relationship that and marriage is just that; I cannot personally think of another way the author could have described that in a manner that small children would understand without some kind of adult level discussion of relationships.

My husband and I have always tried to be as open and honest as age-appropriate with our children whilst preserving their innocent and childhood as much as we could. Our daughter is nearly 7 and our son is 9 and I think this book does this perfectly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lucy smith on 30 Jan 2014
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I bought this because it had got favourable reviews and appeared to be a light-hearted book. When I read it I felt it was not a good book to give to my children. It shows the journey of the sperm, which is ok to some degree. However, the image of the female body was awful, extremely vague and not at all informative in comparison with the images of male genitalia. I felt this was unbalanced and not educational.
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