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Willy's Pictures (Willy)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  235 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Willy's pictures look like great works of art, but he has added himself and friends to famous paintings by Picasso, Magritte and many more. Open the fold out pages to see the original pictures and learn about the artists who painted them.
Published (first published October 6th 1999)
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Leigh Perry
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Willy’s Pictures by Anthony Browne is a book about Willy who loves to paint pictures and gives readers the opportunity to explore his pictures and discover where imagination can lead us.
This is a vertically oriented picturebook. The book jacket looks like a sketchbook which is important to the character in the story because of his love of painting. The end paper is like a blended color of mixed painting colors and is the same in the front and the back which is symbolic because it is symbolic fo
Jonathan Dowell
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In his 1924 book Manifesto of Surrealism, surrealist leader André Breton defined surrealism as: "Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express- verbally, by means of the written word, or in any other manner- the actual functioning of thought. Dictation of thought in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern." With this statement, there is an implication that, since members of the mainstream society are proponents of aesthe ...more
Stuart Willy
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Willy is a chimp that stars as the main character in many of Anthony Brown’s stories. In Willy’s Pictures, the idea is that Willy loves to paint and has created a number of reproductions of well known art pieces, each with his own, personal twist. There are several double spread and fold out pages which give some size to Willy’s work and show the great detail of his paintings. In all the pictures the protagonists are changed to chimpanze’s and at the end of the book the reader can see the origin ...more
Conejo Literario
De los libros para niños que más disfruto. Se aprende bastante leyéndolo y es bastante ameno, sobre todo cuando te obligan a leerlo por quinta vez en la noche :P
Rocha Gilmore
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Willy has been inspired by many artistes around the world and he want to share several of his favorite from his sketchbook. The book Willy’s Pictures by Anthony Browne give a sketchbook feel as a cover. The illustration gives hints which famous painting they are. A guide at the end of book reveals which painting it is in the picturebook. You can see on several hidden images of a monkey head, hands, feet, banana, etc. within the clouds, hills, and somewhere in the picture. So, keep your eyes ope ...more
B Libros
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un buen acercamiento al arte para chicos y grandes :)
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
a. Summary: It starts off with the introduction of Willy and how he likes painting and the stories they can tell. This entire book was not a continuous flow of a story yet every page had a sentence describing the illustration above. Each page had a unique twist to Willy being apart of these famous artworks that were made into a slightly different way. Underneath every painting there was a title and a caption which tied in a humorous twist to the book as a whole.
i. Review: I really enjoyed this
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
gnarly as bro
Sarah Plitt
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Willy’s Pictures

Anthony Browne has done it again. Anthony Browne is a talented and multifaceted author and illustrator. I have read Zoo which was a thought-provoking and depressing perspective on zoos and I Like Books which is a simple and light-hearted book about books! Willy’s Pictures shows that Brown is a talented and creative creator that can write about a variety of things. Unlike zoo, Willy’s Pictures is a brilliant story about perspective and art. Willy is a man who likes painting and vi
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
“Willy’s Pictures” by Anthony Browne is a book about Willy and his beautiful sketches of his own interpretations of famous pieces of artwork from the past. Several artworks include the Mona Lisa, The Tower of Babel, The Birth of Venus, and many more. Anthony Browne’s books are very interesting to me because he uses monkeys for his characters instead of people. I wonder why he chose monkeys in particular, maybe because they are the only animal that looks somewhat of a human. Willy is very adorab ...more
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Willy’s Pictures by Anthony Browne is a very different and interesting take on artwork. Willy loves to paint and to look at pictures, and this story goes through a variety of his artwork. As the reader is going through this story, they may recognize some of the artwork. At the end of the story, the reader sees where Willy got his inspiration; there are a variety of pictures from the Mona Lisa to The Turkish Bath to The Tower of Babel to Self-Portrait with Monkeys. All of Willy’s paintings come f ...more
Anthony Morello
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdg-291-reviews
Willy's Pictures is a parodic look at classic paintings through the view of Willy, the chimpanzee. Willy enjoys painting and takes us the reader through alternate stories of classic paintings like the Mona Lisa, The Creation of Adam, and The Tower of Babel using his friends and himself as the characters. At the end of the book, the author shows us the inspirations (actual paintings) for Willy's portraits and Willy's commentary on them.

This book is from the post-modern genre and primarily uses il
Alana Salcido
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
At first, we are greeted by a very artistic chimpanzee that is framed within the front cover. He is carrying a paint pallet accompanied by a handful of paint brushes which gives us more of an idea of what the story is going to be about, along with the title. As we begin reading about Willy's Pictures, I immediately recognized some of the backgrounds from my art history classes from college. The book is quite large and is done in a vertical orientation, which I assume is to assist the audience in ...more
Brianne Griffin
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Willy's Pictures" was an imaginative picture book filled with humor and vibrant illustrations. The immense size of the book represented an artist's work book. The cover is deceiving because it made me think the illustrations were going to display a renaissance theme with dark colors. When I opened the book I was surprised by the bright and playful illustrations portrayed by Anthony Browne. The portrait style double-spread illustrations are framed with varying bright colors. Also, the illustrati ...more
Katelan Mccullum
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
What an interesting, entertaing, and informative book!! This would be an excellent book to introduce to a 3rd grade Social Studies class. This text incorporates history in a fun and exciting way. Students will be taken on a journey as they discover Willy, the monkey's, paintings. This book is in a format similar to wordless picture book. Each page has a title of a specific painting labeled and a brief description from Willy explaining each one. I love that the characters in this book are monkeys ...more
Brooke Holthe
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I literally was laughing out loud while reading this book. I love how the author takes famous artwork and adds monkeys into them and making it his own. Honestly I picked this book up because I like monkeys and thought it was interesting what the monkey was doing painting and wanted to know more.

When I first opened the book and saw the first page describing how Willy likes to paint because all pictures tell a story, I thought it was going to be a typical story that would include some famous art.
Laura Rumohr
Oct 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
I chose to read this book because I have become interested in Anthony Browne's interesting and creative take on stories through his use of illustrations. Browne was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his work in Willy's Pictures. Willy's Pictures was written for students in grades 4-8. This story was written to expose students to a variety of artists and their work. Browne does a wonderful job making the paintings appealing to all kids by making the artist a gorilla who paints every p ...more
Ashleigh Smithers
Willy’s Pictures is a very interesting book. From reading one other of Anthony Browne’s books, I have noticed that all the main characters in his books are monkeys of some sort. I find this a very different perspective. This book was a good learning book because of all the different art work that is in the book. I liked how at the end it had the original picture that Willy got his idea from. The pictures that Willy painted also told a story of how he saw those pictures and how he was describing ...more
Lauren Derosa
When I first read Willy's Pictures, I was a little confused about what the books message was, but then I soon learned that the book is just about different pictures and that they each tell different stories. My favorite part about the book was looking at all of the pictures because they are all so unique and interesting in their own ways. One aspect of the pictures that was very repetitive was that they all contained monkeys or gorillas in them. I was very intrigued by that and I wondered if the ...more
Savannah Montalvo
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Willy's Pictures is written and illustrated by Anthony Browne. He was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his excellence in illustrations. The illustrations in the book were done in watercolor and gouache. This book is about a Chimp named Willy who paints pictures based on artist who have inspired him. He remakes famous masterpieces in his own style. I thought the book was so cute and if it made me laugh, i'm sure younger kids would love this book as well. I thought this book would be ...more
Nina Torres
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought Willy's Pictures was a fantastic read. To begin, I absolutely adored the fact that the illustrations were redos of famous ones and Willy put himself and his friends into them. The artist did a fantastic job of remaking the the paintings as well as kind of putting them into the perspective of a child to better understand or reflect on them. The colors and lines and dots the artist used in the book were spot on; They did a marvelous job. It is a great way to easily incorporate art into a ...more
Carrie Butler
Mar 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: rdg-334
Willy's Pictures was a neat way of portraying pictures that are well know but also mean something to the character. The book takes you through Willy's pictures that closely resemble famous paintings like the Mona Lisa. I also found it interesting how Anthony Browne continuously uses the monkey/gorilla as his main characters in a lot of his books. It makes me curious as to if there is a deeper meaning behind using that kind of character. When I researched some on the author, I noticed that he act ...more
Feb 26, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was interesting too. The "people" in it were all monkeys instead of humans. It was about Willy the Monkey who was showing his versions of very famous paintings. All the humans in the original pictures were now monkeys and all the animals in them were humans, so that was an interesting twist. It was like Willy just edited the actual painting to make them his own vision of them. They were very intricate pictures with very cute, silly details. Each page was framed with a plain color and t ...more
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Children Who Love to Draw/Paint/Art
Shelves: childrens
This and many books of Browne's have won a great many awards. I wasn't impressed with this one though. I was confused by the illustrations. Maybe kids would dig it. Sometimes it's difficult to tell. I think it would have been much more helpful if Browne had placed the originals, in larger size, next to Willy's interpretations. Nice illustrations, but sometimes I feel that pretty illustrations are not going to cut it for children's books. Children's books seem to be much more challenging for writ ...more
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Willy becomes an artist rendering reworked famous and recognizable masterpieces in Willy’s Pictures. The book is chock full of recurring motifs like bananas and pigs and familiar characters like Millie and Buster Nose from several other works. The overall design of the book is also similar to Willy the Dreamer in the sense that each picture has its own story to tell and its own joke, often made obvious or more humorous by the caption and comments. The final page contains a giant fold-out gallery ...more
Logan Spears
Willy's Pictures was a very bizarre story. I have noticed that all the Anthony Browne books contain some type of monkeys or primates. In the begining of the story the main character was portrayed to be a monkey artist. The character paints many famous pictures throughout history. Willy adds his own captions to the picture and many of the pictures are very strange. I found it interesting that each page was like a page ripped out of an artist sketch book. At the end it shows the artist Willy leavi ...more
Sun Woong Oh
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book start saying that every picture tells a story. It is. Every illustration on each page of the book has the story and humor. Because they remind some famous pictures, I enjoyed more. I also loved the frames. It looks like just torn offed calendar. Cover design is also fabulous. It looks like an old album. Like the author said, there will be lots of more stories to talk about even after reading. Some of Browne's picture books use basic font. Is that he wants to tell story more with illustr ...more
ESF Tsing Yi
Willy the chimp LOVES painting, and he makes his own versions of famous artworks, with himself included. This is a fabulous book for both adults and children to enjoy: you can see the original artworks in a glossary at the back of the book, and it's inspiring both in encouraging children to create art, and to appreciate. Read together with your child and talk about which pictures are their favourites, and what they like about each one.
Lana Clifton
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: surrealism
I'm in love with Willy-- the Surrealist monkey. I follow him through the pages, exploring well known works of art with an intangible twist. Willy inserts himself into the Mona Lisa, the Tower of Babel, and even in the Creation of Adam. Twenty four crazy replications transpire art appreciation for silly students. There are references to the authentic works and famous artists in the back of the book.
Paul Howell
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a great book to introduce art to children. Each one of Willy’s paintings is inspired by famous works of art and in the back of the book the original paintings are given a brief description. Willy’s works include monkeys and apes and are often comical, with humorous captions and at times ironic titles. This is a great book for introducing young children to classic masterpieces.
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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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