Where Willy Went by Nicholas Allan

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Never before have the facts of life been presented in such an accessible—or novel—way. Our hero is Willy, a little sperm who lives inside Mr. Browne with 300 million friends. Every day Willy practices for the Great Swimming Race. And when the day arrives, he swims faster than his 300 million friends to win the prize—a marvelous egg. Then something wonderful happens, and eventually Mr. and Mrs. Browne have a baby girl who has the same winning smile as Willy and who grows up to be a great swimmer.

Hilariously funny, warm, and endearing, this is a picture book that appeals on different levels to both children and grown-ups.

“Fresh, original, and imaginative. . . . Allan’s achievement is in couching fascinating facts within the construct of a gentle, direct narrative. A little knowledge is a wonderful thing, and as the rest of the facts of life fall into place, Allan’s readers will look back on this book with a mixture of fondness and wry amusement.” —The Guardian (UK)

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Nicholas Allan is acclaimed for his ability to be simultaneously comic and serious. His quirky picture books include "Jesus' Christmas Party," an amusing yet endearing view of the Nativity story, and the enormous bestseller in England, "The Queen's Knickers," The author lives in England. "From the Hardcover edition.
Published November 30, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Still, he’s quite a swimmer, and on the day of the Great Swimming Race he manages to navigate both the map of Mr. Browne and the Map of Mrs. Browne, and beat the other 299,999 competitors to reach the prize: a beautiful egg.

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