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Willy the Dreamer (Willy the Chimp) Paperback – 6 Oct 2008
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"* "Quite remarkable. A work of art in itself, this book will entertain and fascinate a wide age-range as well as the adults who read it." The Good Book Guide"
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Anthony Browne is one of the most popular and stylistically distinctive children’s book artists with a number of outstanding titles to his credit. These include six books featuring Willy: Willy the Wimp, Willy the Champ, Willy and Hugh, Willy the Wizard, Willy the Dreamer and Willy’s Pictures, as well as Gorilla (Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Kurt Maschler Award); Changes; The Tunnel; I Like Books; Things I Like; Look What I’ve Got!; Piggybook; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Winner of the Kurt Maschler Award); Hansel and Gretel; Zoo (Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal) and King Kong (shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal). He was the winner of the illustration section of the 2000 Hans Christian Andersen Award.
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The story runs along the bottom of the page and is a short and repetitive story made of simple sentences about what Willy dreams. Above the writing there is a large picture of Willy's dream, each page dedicated to one of his dreams. The pictures are quite amazing and very detailed. Although all the pictures are of Willy and his dream, the images are his versions of famous paintings or movie characters, book characters, etc. These illustrations are amazing to look at and I was particularly drawn to pictures of paintings such as Dali's 'The Persistence of Memory' which has melting bananas instead of melting clocks for example.
The further you go into the book the more detailed the pictures become. Each one of the images is very detailed and a perfect altered copy of a real painting. There are plenty of little extra things to spot too such as how many bananas you can find (so many objects are morphed into bananas and I couldn't help laughing at one of Van Gogh's paintings of a bed 'Bedroom in Arles' where the bed is an entire banana!). There are also funny surreal extras such as a hammerhead shark literally having a hammer for a head.
The book has a good ending, though the last page image is a twist on the first which I didn't notice straight away!. This is more of a visual book than a storybook. I really enjoyed reading this and can't help but constantly flick back to see the pictures again. I might be a bit biased having studied art but I think this is a great book which kids will love and one which also has an educational quality as children will learn and know famous paintings through Willy's dreams, and adults will love sharing this book too as there's just so much to see and think about!
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy (as part of The Anthony Browne Collection).
Willy dreams of many different things such as one day when he has a family, that he can fly, that he is a giant, a beggar and a king.
This book could be very good in a school setting to encourage participation and children to talk about their dreams. The book is funny and the illustrations are excellent. The pictures fill most of the pages with just a line of text on each.
I received this book as part of a set by Anthony Browne from the publishers. It is a fun book that children would enjoy very much.
The narrative is quite sparse - this book really is all about the pictures - but it gets the message across and acts as more of a description of what Willy is dreaming about, and therefore what you can see in the pictures.
An easy, fun and colourful read for early readers. Willy is a firm favourite in this house!
ARC provided free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
It's a picture book simply about a characters dreams. Willy dreams himself a giant, a midget, flying, a film star. In each scene are repeated images of other monkeys (a monkey Chaplin, bananas) that remind us of Willy's 'world' of monkeys. I loved the melting clock Salvador Dali piece as reimagined as bananas.
Deceptively simple, there is a lot to see in the illustrations, each a piece of art in itself, the whole a surreal picture book that young children and older will take a lot from.
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