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Willy the Wimp [Paperback]

Anthony Browne
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Book Description

2 Oct 1995
Anthony Browne is the author of "Gorilla" (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal) and the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award), "Piggybook", "Willy the Chimp", "Willy and Hugh", "Changes", "The Tunnel", "I Like Books", "Look What I've Got", "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (winner of the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award), "Hansel and Gretel", "Zoo" (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal) and "King Kong".

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (2 Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744543630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744543636
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 21.4 x 0.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 724,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony has won many prizes for his work, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2000, for his services to children's literature - the first British illustrator to win the prize since 1956. He is the present Children's Laureate.

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Willy is kind and gentle, and bullied by the suburban gorilla gang who call him "Willy the Wimp". Desperate to do something about his situation, Willy answers a bodybuilding advert and grows big and strong, determined no-one will ever call him "wimp" again.

As with so many of Anthony Browne's books, this story works on several levels with sophisticated pictures combining with a simply told story. Within the story there is a serious message, but it is also a humorous tale and young children will delight in the way Willy succeeds in his dream. --Philippa Reece


"* "Funny, clever and with magical illustrations." Yorkshire Evening Press" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Willy is NOT a wimp! 5 Aug 2007
This is a lovely book. Perfect for children from around 6 to 9 - as the humour and situations better fit the slightly older child's humour and experience.

Willy decides to change the way he looks (from wimp to muscle-bound!)as a result of being bullied. He works out, eats a special diet and, over time, achieves his dream. He eventually saves a girl gorilla from the bullies (who run away at the mere sight of him). However, what the book emphasises beautifully is that, while he has changed the way he initially appears to others, he is still the same caring (and a bit silly!) gorilla inside.

A lovely book for encouraging children to look beyond appearances. It also offers a wonderful message that we CAN change, with determination and commitment.

A lovely, funny and uplifting book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series of books! 19 May 2010
My two year old loves these books - easy to read to her, as there is not a lot of writing on each page, and beautiful illustrations. Keeps her attention very well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars willy 31 Jan 2014
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Such a lovely book. I bought this when my daughter was getting bullied, it seemed to help her. The rhyming in this is lovely and one that is read over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 2 Mar 2013
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Love this book, can't wait to share it with my year 2 class. The book has humour and the illustrations are great! Would definitely recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fasntastic 24 Feb 2013
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Much loved book when our kids were small, now buying it for friends children.
Entertaining, witty and fun!

Not quite as twee as a lot of small childrens books too
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