Anthony Browne offers a glimpse at ten classic tales with the help of a library-loving chimp.
Every week, Willy walks through an ordinary-looking set of doors and straight into an adventure. Where will those doors lead him today—to a mysterious desert island with footprints in the sand? Down a deep, dark rabbit hole full of curious objects? Or perhaps aboard a pirate ship to stand face-to-face with Captain Hook? This book revisits well-known stories from: Robinson Crusoe Treasure Island Robin Hood The Tinderbox Peter Pan Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Rapunzel The Wind in the Willows The Adventures of Pinocchio Anthony Browne’s captivating illustrations, starring his trademark primates, pay tribute to the library and the wonders within.
Many children will be familiar with at least some of the stories, and they will quickly learn about new ones…Browne’s project provides a doorway into these sometimes intimidating works. —Publishers Weekly
This chimp is a worthwhile companion; young readers will no doubt answer his call. —Kirkus Reviews
The book’s distinguished design matches the weight of the centuries of stories found within, from the marbled endpapers to the decorative initial caps leading off each episode from Robinson Crusoe, The Tinderbox, The Wind in the Willows, and more. —School Library Journal
Browne’s paintings are in rich, full color and filled with charming visual hints, such as books that appear in unusual places, which emphasize the transformative power of imagination. A good choice for read-alouds, particularly at a library. —Booklist
Willy the chimp is back, sharing his favorite books in a way that will stir the imaginations of the picture book audience…The book works to encourage children to explore their story-telling prowess and to introduce them to the excitement of reading. —School Library Connection