Willy the Dreamer by Anthony Browne

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Willy dreams of being a movie star, a singer, a sumo wrestler, an artist, a giant, and other exciting figures.
 

About Anthony Browne

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Anthony Browne is the author and illustrator of many highly acclaimed books for children, including "My Dad," a "School Library Journal "Best Book of the Year, and "Gorilla," winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal. In 2000 he received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for his contribution to children's literature. He lives in Kent, England.
 
Published April 1, 1998 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bringing back his favorite chimp once again, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal winner expands on a conceit from Willy the Dreamer (1998), presenting gorillafied pastiches of famous paintings torn from Willy’s sketchbook.

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Magic and soccer mingle in Wizard, which PW praised for its "wry, splendidly detailed pictures and characteristically assured narrative."

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""Browne deftly adds a subtle sophistication to this affable tale of a friendship between two dissimilar individuals,"" said PW.

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Gr 2-8-Willy, the irrepressible chimp from Willy el campeon (Willy the Champ) and Willy el timido (Willy the Wimp), both from Fondo de Cultura Economica, is at it again.

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The well-intentioned ape who starred in Willy the Wimp and Willy the Champ is back, spiffily attired in his sweater vest and polka-dot tie.

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Observant readers will pick up on several recurring motifs, as well as elements from additional paintings: the desolate streetscape in Edward Hopper's Early Sunday Morning is brightened by flowers in a window (a diminutive reproduction of Vincent van Gogh's Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers...

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Browne's (Willy the Wimp) fourth book featuring his ingenuous, remarkably human chimp mingles soccer and magic, two topics of indisputable appeal to kids.

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In a double act of Brown's satirical look at the world of wimps and bullies, the first story showcases Willy the chimp as he takes a body-building course and, in the second, if only by accident, Willy is hailed as a hero.

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And from the moment they view Browne's fetching cover illustration, kids will keep their eyes peeled for the inventively placed bananas in Willy's dream scenes.

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In his fifth book about Willy the chimp, Browne gives a smart, playful nod to Magritte, Rousseau, Dali and other artists whose paintings were often more the stuff of dreams than of real life. Browne's

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