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Willy the Wimp, or is he??
Willy the Wimp - Anthony Browne
Member Name: panandtilt
Willy the Wimp - Anthony Browne
Advantages: Easy to read, beautifully illustrated, funny and relevant
~~Author, illustrator and publisher~~~~
Willy the Wimp is written and illustrated by written by Anthony Browne. For those of you who have not heard of Anthony Browne I shall give you a short synopsis of his literary career. Anthony Browne is a prolific author of children's fiction/picture books. He has been writing and illustrating children's books for many years, his first book was published in 1976 (Through the Magic Mirror) and since then he has written around 40 other notable children's picture books. Many of which have been nominated (and won) awards. In my opinion Anthony Browne is an outstanding author of children's books. His books have underlying meaning, always something relevant to children. His book Gorilla is about relationships with parents and this book is about bullying. Published by Walker Books in 2008, Willy the Wimp was also illustrated by Anthony Browne. Willy the Wimp contains many features which are thematic across many of his books; this is an important aspect of children's literature as it helps them to make links within books and also helps them to recognise authors and their styles of writing.
Willy the Wimp is a story which many children will relate to. Willy is a polite boy who wouldn't hurt a fly. He is so nice and so polite he apologises for things which aren't his fault, like when someone walks into him. Although he is nice and kind, Willy is a wimp. He is scared of his own shadow and was often picked on because of it.
One day Willy decided he had had enough and after seeing an advert for a book to help him be a 'wimp no more' he became determined to improve himself. The story depicts how Willy develops his physique through exercise and a healthy diet. These things alone do not give Willy his confidence; it is his determination to be better and less of a wimp that enables Willy to stand up to the bullies.
After a lot of work by Willy he is finally proud of himself and when Willy rescues Milly (his girlfriend??) from the suburban gorillas (a gang?) and is hailed a hero, the bullies run off and he is left with lipstick on his cheek. Willy has changed his appearance and he is not such a wimp now, but is he still the same Willy? I'll let you find out.
This is, along with Gorilla (also by Anthony Browne and also reviewed by me), one of my top ten favourite children's books. It has everything a children's book should have. It is humorous, repetitive, relevant, easy to read, moralistic and beautifully illustrated. I beg you to read this and his other wonderful books to your children and grandchildren, you will not regret it.
Available from Amazon new for around £10.99 and used from just £0.01
Summary: A wonderful book which should not be underestimated
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