Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Willy the Dreamer

Willy the Dreamer

Written and Illustrated by Anthony Browne


Amazon Link: £5.24

Published by Walker Books









 

Stop that tittering at the back. Willy is the name of a rather busy and imaginative little chimp and the Willy series are superb and surreal flights of fantasy. Anthony Browne is the new Children's Laureate and you can fullyunderstand why he was chosen, his books are fantastic and I'm green with envy at Browne's artistic capabilities. Picking a path between the great surrealists like Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali, half the fun for children is finding the hidden bananas in every picture while (arty farty) adults (like me) will enjoy figuring out which famous surrealist's paintings are being aped (pun intended). 

I've been hoping Charlotte would take to these books and she loves them. Phew!

Charlotte's best bit: Willy the Monster

Daddy's favourite bit: A lovely little nod to Dali's "Persistence of Memory"

Rating: 5 out of 5

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