Willy The Dreamer
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Willy The Dreamer (Willy)

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Children will love the evocative world of Willy's daydreams--a world of heroism, fame, adventure, the past, and the future. The author's stunning illustrations (look for a banana in every scene) pay homage to great painters, while exploring ordinary childhood fantasies with extraordinary flair. Full color. 32 pp. Ages 4 and up. Pub: 4/98.
Paperback, 24 pages
Published November 6th 2000 by Walker Books Ltd (first published June 28th 1997)
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Melissa Cooney
This picture book by Anthony Browne follows the many adventures of a chimp named Willy. These adventures all take place in Willy’s dreams.
We see Willy dreams of many things such as being a Film Star, a Singer, a Sumo Wrestler, a Ballet Dancer, a Painter, An Explorer, a Writer, a Scuba Diver, a Giant, a Beggar or a King. He dreams of both the future and of the past, and also of strange and wonderful landscapes both real and imaginary. Superheroes and monsters and bananas all feature in Willy’s d...more
'Willy the Dreamer' was the first piece of Browne's work I've read and it certainly won't be the last. This picture book gives a personal insight into Willy's aspirations for life, from becoming an explorer to becoming a famous writer. He belives he can become anything he wants and the author plays on opposites to illustrate this. I found this book gripping from the very first page to the last, with a great sense of curiosity to find out what Willy dreamt of becoming next with the flick of every...more
This children's book has more than meets the eye. While the book itself on the surface is a clever treament to a child-aged gorilla's fantasies of having adventures flying, exploring and morphing into monsters, there is definitely a deeper level.

The treatment of gorillas and bananas is so thorough- a mermaid's tail becomes a banana, a hot air balloon becomes a gorilla's face. You could read this book over and over again to count the secret bananas, and also, for older readers, to compare them to...more
jenna nims
i love his illustrations - how he incorporates famous artists works into his own - very fun
Anthony Brown did it again! This time I was in shock by the amazing illustrations. I found the artwork was what made the story that more amazing. I believe this book was fun. I loved the bananas in the pictures. Children would ADORE this book because children dream of all of these things and are curious about them. I would use this book to show how people are different. Diversity is a beautiful thing and people need to understand the importance of it and I believe this book shows diversity. I lo...more
Interesting concept book about our capacity to dream, with a chimp as the main character. Willy is shown sleeping in the first frame, and then each subsequent frame (illustrations are shown as framed paintings) shows him in whatever scenario he's dreaming about. Most are positive - in a movie, as a rock star, or a famous painter. A couple are poignant: as a beggar or unable to walk. In the last frame we wonder how many of the dreams were REM-induced and how many were daydreams.
Jillian Menendez
I really enjoyed the great pictures in this book, they had great detail and I that young children would really enjoy this story. It is a fun and creative story about wonderful dreams. I would read this to younger children and I think it is a boo that they would be able to read on their own in first or second grade.
My class thought this book was funny, cute, imaginative, and had excellent illustrations. We also thought it was very thoughtful and creative. We love Anthony Browne books and Good Reads!
Willy, the lovable ape, joins us again is a surreal and fantastical picture book about being a dreamer. The cover illustration of Willy dreaming in an armchair floating over the sea captivates and provokes the reader to spot and wonder about the ubiquitous bananas to come throughout the story. Each vivid watercolor tells its own story and its own jokes. Kids will delight in seeing their favorite characters from The Wizard of Oz to Alice and Alice in Wonderland, while older readers will enjoy the...more
Kids book + art = very cool book!
Anthony Browne's Willy the Dreamer is a creative masterpiece that draws the reader into each and every page. It is about Willy, a chimp, who imagines he can be anything in the world. Each page tells a story and lets you into Willy's wild imagination. Willy, like many children, has different hopes and aspirations that change from page to page or day to day. Willy dreams he is a movie star or singer, a scuba diver or explorer and much more.

The elaborate illustrations in this story are accompanied...more
Kesan pertama gue buat buku ini.. GEDE BANGEEEET!!! Susah nyampulnyaaaa!!

Seriusan. Buku ini begitu besar ukurannya. Dan cukup tebal.
Tapi begitu buka halaman pertama, gue langsung jatuh hati dan ngga bosen-bosen bacain buku ini terus. hihihi...

Hal yang sangat menarik perhatian gue tentang buku ini adalah disetiap halamannya, SELALU ada gambar pisangnya. Atau ada gambar benda-benda yang dimiripin ama pisang. Gue awalnya mikir, kenapa banyak banget pisang berarakan disana dan disini?

Kemudian gue te...more
Juliana Duarte
Willy the Dreamer by Anthony Browne is another great postmodern picture book. This is a good book for very young students. It is about Willy the main character who loves dreaming and he believes that he can be anything whether its a painter or a scuba diver. It goes on and on about what Willy dreams he can be and all of the magical places his dreams take him. I think this would be very entertaining for young students because it will get their imagination going. You could also do class assignment...more
Anna Rothenhoefer
Willy the Dreamer has fascinating illustrations. I found it interesting that Anthony Browne used monkeys/gorillas as the characters in this picturebook as well. I wonder if all of his picturebooks are like that. There are also bananas in a lot of the pictures. For example, in one of the illustrations the character's ballet shoes are made out of bananas. I think that children will enjoy this book because of all the dreams that Willy dreams and because the illustrations are so detailed. I would re...more
Hilary Yastrum
This book was a very good read! I had never read any of Anthony Browne's picturebooks before but I am glad I finally had a chance to! Especially a book about dreaming! I personally am a dreamer, and even now you can find me daydreaming off into my own little world. I think this book is great for children because they get to see a wonderful story that involves a character who believes he can be anything and everything he wants to be! They will see that whether it is dreaming about your future car...more
Willy the Dreamer is a book told in third person. The illustrations are funny and a banana always has to be incorporated in each illustration. This is a good book to teach children third person point of view because Willy is referred to as he. After reading this story I would give my students a work sheet with sentences and have hem circle the right word that would make the sentence a third person point of view. For example, a sentence would be; Yesterday afternoon, ___________ went to the store...more
Katie Sokol
I love the overall storyline of this book, it's quite entertaining for younger kids. The fact that Willy, the main character, loves dreaming and he believes that he can be anything he puts his mind too is an awesome mindset to show kids. I think this would be very exciting and intriguing for kids because it will get their imagination going, and even give them things to apply in their own life; like setting their mind to do whatever they want. Stories about younger kids dreaming and going above a...more
Fun illustrations of all the things Willy dreams about.
Cheryl in CC NV
I'm not sure I recognized every inspiration, but it was a lot of fun seeing Willy dip his toe into Dali, Magritte, Baum, etc. An appendix seems mandatory, but is missing. I'm not sure I actually feel and enriched understanding of the inspirational works, either - but I imagine a child with an artistic sensibility, or a child of parents who are culturally astute would get more out of this than I did. I'm impressed by everything of Browne's that I've found, but I don't think he stretched himself f...more
I'm not exactly sure what to think of this book. I didn't feel that it had much of a story to it. It mostly just had odd pictures and basic sentences about what Willy was dreaming about. I'm sure it had a deeper meaning but it went over my head so I think it would definitely go over younger kid's heads too. The pictures were great though. Almost everything in them was made out of parts of bananas. Like in Willy's Pictures, the monkeys were the humans and humans were the animals. Cute book but ki...more
Kaye Ding
The pictures and designs are really creative and nice, especially for the ubiquitous and versatile bananas. The use of colours are mostly bright and warm, which takes away the remoteness from present world and dreamland. I think it inspires readers of every age match their own dreams with the ones the protagonist has. A grorilla as he is, he is brave and free enough to dream of everthing. While some people often trap themselves into a black box having no dreams or even not dare to dream their dr...more
Sarah-Rae Bugayong
This is the second Browne book I have read. This man most really love monkeys, gorillas, and bananas. But I liked this story more than voices in the park. It was a simple story, but I feel like children from kindergarten to about second grade would enjoy it. It full of different illusions. Some of his dreams are practical and some are larger than life, but I believe it shows that whatever you dream, other people are dreaming it too.
Sun Woong Oh
I just wonder why does Anthony Browne love especially bananas? Is that just Willy is a monkey? On the very back of the cover page, there are many blue bananas except only one vivid yellow one? Is that mean something? Most of the illustrations are in the frame, but two of them destroyed the frame, and I liked that. Kids will like that stable page turning and will enjoy those two frames more.
Shannon Obrien
I really enjoyed reading this book 'Willy the Dreamer' by Anthony Browne. The pictures are very detailed and enjoyable for young children enough that they will be continuously intrigued. I way that I would be able to incorporate this book into my classroom would be to have my children draw pictures of what they want to be when they get older.
Carol Royce Owen
The pictures will entertain children in this book as they look for interesting ways Anthony Browne used bananas in the pictures (my favorite was the banana-mouse. The story was simple - all the things Willy dreams, something kids can relate to.
Andd Becker
The full-page illustrations are remarkable. Viewers will see shades of famous artists -- Dali, Rousseau, Magritte, and others. Children will enjoy finding the banana motif on every page.
The full-page illustrations are remarkable. Viewers will see shades of famous artists -- Dali, Rousseau, Magritte, and others. Children will enjoy finding the banana motif on every page.
Kristen-Marie Freeman
I feel this is a fine, creative story for a school age child. But preschool children could be disturbed by some of the images-- a little unnecessarily scary, in my opinion.
Fantastic visions of Willy's dreams thrill young eyes. This book is one to purchase because children will pour over it for hours. Brilliantly illustrated.
Jax Goss
This is one of my absolute favourite picture books ever. It is so clever and delightful. I loved sharing it with C.
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Anthony Browne, a Hans Christian Andersen Medalist, is the author-illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including SILLY BILLY and LITTLE BEAUTY. He lives in Kent, England.
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