Willis by James Marshall

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Not so very long ago, on the most beautiful beach in the world, there sat a most unhappy creature. His name was Willis, and all summer long, large salty tears rolled down his cheeks and dropped into the sand.

Willis is sad because he's a sunbather with sensitive eyes but no sunglasses. So he and his friends, Bird, Snake, and Lobster, set out to earn the money needed to buy a pair. After failing ridiculously at a hodgepodge of odd jobs, Lobster comes up with a successful plan that allows them all to enjoy the bright summer days.

About James Marshall

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James Marshall (1942?1992) created dozens of exuberant and captivating books for children, including The Stupids, Miss Nelson Is Missing!, and the ever-popular George and Martha books. Before creating his canon of classic, hilarious children's books, James Marshall played the viola, studied French, and received a master's degree from Trinity College. He also doodled. It was the doodles, and the unforgettable characters that emerged from them, that led him to his life's work as one of the finest creators of children's books of the twentieth century. In 2007, James Marshall was posthumously awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to literature for children.
Published March 26, 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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All that unhappy Willis, a sort of potbellied crocagator, needs to cheer him up is a pair of sunglasses so that he can open his eyes and take in the fun on the beautiful beach, but though his new friends Bird, Snake, and Lobster are eager to help, they can only come up with ten cents toward the 2...

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CHICAGO — The view looking down through the glass floor toward South Wacker Drive is just what you’d expect if you were balanced on top of 6,960 boxes of this city’s deep-dish pizza — or, as the exhibition at the Willis Tower also tells us, standing atop 313 Oprah Winfreys or 283 Barack Obamas.

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Publishers Weekly

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Lobster comes up with a successful plan to earn the money needed to buy a pair of sunglasses for his pal, Willis, by James Marshall, which was originally published in 1974. Lobster puts his motto Ev

Mar 01 2001 | Read Full Review of Willis

City Book Review

Steal the Show by Thomas Kaufman continues the excellent work begun in Drink the Tea, which won the Private Eye Writers of America Award for Best First Private Eye Novel in 2008.

Apr 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Willis

Las Vegas Review Journal

UNLV guard Tre'Von Willis celebrates a score against BYU in a game Feb. 6 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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