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Willy the Champ


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Anthony Browne has won many prizes for his work, including the Kate Greenaway Medal (twice) and the Kurt Maschler Award (three times). In 2000, he received the highest international honour for illustration, the Hans Christian Andersen Award, for his services to children's literature - the first British illustrator to win the prize since 1956.


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. "Readers will echo the cheers at the end of this fine and funny book," wrote PW of Champ. Ages 5-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"* "Browne can't help including his trademark surreal touches... but he also effectively conveys the sheer physical oppressiveness that bullies exert over their victims. Funny and thought-provoking at the same time." Book Trusted"

K-Gr 3 In this bright, whimsical and highly visual adventure, Willy (alias ``the wimp''), who thrives on reading, music and quiet walks, fails cheerfully at all sorts of chimpy endeavors. ``Nearly everyone laughed at himno matter what he did.'' Then, by accident, he decks bully Buster and wins the cheers of the massive chimps who had jeered at him. Browne effectively uses his full-color palette of emphatic colors for emphatic situations and portrays Willy's innate equilibrium with constant, realistic hues all the way to his accidental, blushing triumph. There's play on pop culture, with muscle-bound pool-lurkers decked in gold and a flashy dancer in red high heels. Although the book's story line is simple, its visual sophistication makes it most accessible to older picture book readers, who will relate to Willy's self-contained success. This is a Champ for reading aloud in small groups or independently. Carolyn Noah, Worcester Public Library, Mass.

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