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Willy the Wimp

Written by Anthony Browne

Illustrated by Anthony Browne

Part of the Willy the Chimp Series

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LoveReading View on Willy the Wimp

Fed up with being bullied Willy the gorilla decides to take action and if that means getting fitter and tougher then that's what he does.  Suddenly the bullies are running away and even better Willy saves a girl from the bullies, with hilarious results. This delightful new edition celebrates 30 years of this timeless and award-winning picture book by multiple-award-winner Anthony Browne.


Willy the Wimp Synopsis

Celebrate the 30th birthday of this classic story about a gentle chimp fed up of being bullied. Willy wouldn't hurt a fly - he even apologises when someone hits him. The suburban gorillas call him Willy the Wimp. Then, one day, Willy answers a body-building advert.

Willy the Wimp Press Reviews

A book which made me laugh out loud. Parents magazine

Anthony Browne tells a thoughtful story about how misleading appearances can be with style and humour. The Observer

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ISBN: 9781406356410
Publication date: 04/09/2014
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406356410
Publication date: 4th September 2014
Author: Anthony Browne
Illustrator: Anthony Browne
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Collections: Anti Bullying Week & World Kindness Day,

About Anthony Browne

As a childAnthony grew up in a village called Hipperholme, in Yorkshire. He loved art and would spend hours drawing with his beloved father. He says of his father, “He was an unusual man – outwardly strong and confident, but also shy and sensitive – a bit like the gorillas I love to illustrate now. As well as drawing, he encouraged me to play a lot of sports, such as rugby and soccer and cricket. I was small for my age and I used to go to a fairly tough school – if I hadn’t been good ...

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