Willy by Geert De Kockere


Willy by Geert De Kockere

Willy has four huge legs, and a body big enough for two. His ears are so big the make a storm as they flap, and he has a small tail with a ridiculous brush on the end. But all this doesn t matter, because it turns out that these are the very things that make Willy so loved and welcomed wherever he goes. This story provides a whimsical affirmation of the differences that make each person special.


Society of Illustrators,

'invited everywhere to paint. Especially the really fine details.'

. 'So if you have legs like pillars or ears that flap in the wind,

, 'then think of him. Think of Willy.


's-length tone of the narrator and Cneut's (Ten Moonstruck Piglets) simultaneously ridiculous and dignified paintings. Special mention should be made of the unnamed translator, who has rendered the narrator's voice with grace. Kirkus, Starred Review In this fine, low-key parable, Willy the elephant sports all elephant particulars: floppy ears, stout legs, dinky tail, general bigness. He is drawn by Cneut as if made from artful cement though maybe a little fragile, like an old fresco. 'He had two huge ears that flapped in the wind. And in between was his head . . . '

's text is artful, too, and gently, mildly eccentric: 'He stood like a mast. That came in very handy when you needed someone to hold something ? a clothesline full of laundry, for instance.'

; he knows how best to deploy his ears and tail and trunk and size: 'Sometimes he was called on to come and push with that enormous body of his. A child who didn't want to go to school, or a car that stood in the way.

? reds, some yellows ? on fields of white along with gray Willy and with the same strange, haunting delicacy. But it is the unexpected turn that De Kockere takes at the story's end that is the showstopper. Suddenly we are all Willy, in one great inclusive hug; maybe we, too, have stout legs, ears that flap in the wind, general bigness or 'a little something somewhere, with a ridiculous little brush at the end.' 'Readers will be inspired to think of Willy: These aren't defects, they're worthy attributes, capable of delivering something good.

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32 pages


Geert De Kockere
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Publication date

1st September 2011



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