Willy by Geert De Kockere

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Willy has four huge legs, and a body big enough for two. His ears are so big the make a storm as they flap, and he has a small tail with a ridiculous brush on the end. But all this doesn’t matter, because it turns out that these are the very things that make Willy so loved and welcomed wherever he goes.

This story provides a whimsical affirmation of the differences that make each person special.

About Geert De Kockere

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Carll Cneut has illustrated over thirty books, including City Lullabye (Clarion), The Amazing Love Story of Mister Morf (Macmillan) and Jack and the Seven Deadly Giants (Farrar, Straus and Giroux.). He has won many awards for his work, including the Book Peacock award for Willy. In 2010 he was shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, considered the most prestigious award In International children's literature. Geert De Kockere is a Belgian author who has written numerous books for children. Geert first gained recognition for his volumes of poetry for children; his books have now been translated into at least eight languages. He is also an avid nature photographer, and has published four books of his photographs.
Published June 16, 2011 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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maybe we, too, have stout legs, ears that flap in the wind, general bigness or “a little something somewhere, with a ridiculous little brush at the end.” Readers will be inspired to think of Willy: These aren’t defects, they’re worthy attributes, capable of delivering something good.

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It's not apparent at first where Belgian newcomer De Kockere is going with his story of Willy the elephant, though it's clear that Willy's unbecoming physique figures centrally: "Willy had legs like pillars.

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Willy by Geert De Kockere is not your run-of-the mill picture book.

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