When a niggling worry begins to cloud Willy’s whole day, Anthony Browne shows readers that facing your fears head-on can clear the skies once more.
One warm, sunny day, Willy the Chimp decides to go to the park. There’s not a cloud in the sky — well, except for just a little tiny one. It doesn’t bother Willy too much at first. But as the cloud follows him, it grows bigger and bigger and becomes harder and harder to ignore. Pretty soon the cloud is all Willy can think about, and he has no idea how to make it go away. Quietly powerful and remarkably perceptive, Anthony Browne’s thoughtful tale depicts worry and anxiety in a way readers of any age can understand. And as Willy discovers, sometimes a little bravery — and a willingness to face your problems — can make a world of difference.
The text is direct and straightforward, with not a wasted word, providing access to a wide age range of children. Whether the cloud represents anxiety, incessant worry, depression, or simply the facing of fears is up to interpretation, despite the flap text. Whichever it is, children will understand that it is about emotions and that Willy is confronting something. Browne’s many fans and libraries looking for more books on emotions will find a lot to appreciate here. —School Library Journal
The theme is conveyed in a way that is developmentally pitch-perfect for young readers who often have big feelings that no one can just fix. Browne deftly shows that emotions can arrive suddenly and, more importantly, leave again without any reason why. —Kirkus Reviews