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Watch William Walk

Watch William Walk

by Ann Jonas
     
 

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William, Wally, Wilma, and Wanda are going for a walk—all within the confines of the letter "W"—in this delightful, tongue-twisting alphabet adventure.

Author Biography: Ann Jonas, author-artist of Splash! and Round Trip, lives in Germantown, New York.

Overview

William, Wally, Wilma, and Wanda are going for a walk—all within the confines of the letter "W"—in this delightful, tongue-twisting alphabet adventure.

Author Biography: Ann Jonas, author-artist of Splash! and Round Trip, lives in Germantown, New York.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
This adept, attractive book is anchored in two fanciful ground rules: every word begins with the letter "W"; every image is an aerial view of William, Wilma, the dog Wally and the duck Wanda at the beach. The slight story is told through the patterns of footprints in the sand as much as through the necessarily restricted text: in one spread, "William whittles. Wally whimpers"; in the next, they are gone but their footprints head off the page, and the text reads, "William won't wait. Wally won't wait." Jonas's (Splash!) simple, innovative watercolor and black pen illustrations stream with clear golden light. The spreads show sandy expanses, washed with yellow-green and traced with loops of cool gray footprints, paw prints and bird tracks. The overhead perspective renders characters relatively abstract and anonymous as it makes visible only the tops of their heads and their shadows. And plot doesn't drive the book any more than character: the biggest burst of action-after some wandering and waiting-consists of Wilma wading. But the text may inspire kids to make up their own alliterative tales, and the sunny, airy illustrations make this book as pleasant as a day at the beach.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This adept, attractive book is anchored in two fanciful ground rules: every word begins with the letter "W"; every image is an aerial view of William, Wilma, the dog Wally and the duck Wanda at the beach. The slight story is told through the patterns of footprints in the sand as much as through the necessarily restricted text: in one spread, "William whittles. Wally whimpers"; in the next, they are gone but their footprints head off the page, and the text reads, "William won't wait. Wally won't wait." Jonas's (Splash!) simple, innovative watercolor and black pen illustrations stream with clear golden light. The spreads show sandy expanses, washed with yellow-green and traced with loops of cool gray footprints, paw prints and bird tracks. The overhead perspective renders characters relatively abstract and anonymous as it makes visible only the tops of their heads and their shadows. And plot doesn't drive the book any more than character: the biggest burst of actionafter some wandering and waitingconsists of Wilma wading. But the text may inspire kids to make up their own alliterative tales, and the sunny, airy illustrations make this book as pleasant as a day at the beach. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Sheree Van Vreede
Beginning readers can follow Wanda, William, and Wally, while working on the letter "w." Almost every word of the book starts with this letter. However, Ann Jonas sacrifices the story for the alliteration. There really isn't a story being told here, and each page is somewhat independent of the other. This book is best used as an educational tool.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-K"Watch William walk with Wally./Wally welcomes/William's walks./Wally wiggles." This slight picture book is based on the author's challenge to herself, as cited on the book flap, to explore how far alliteration can be carried "to make a complete, logical sentence." Indeed, the sentences are logical, but the "w" repetition makes it tough to distinguish the characters and difficult to follow the story. Wally is a dog, William a boy. They are joined by Wilma, a girl, and Wanda, a duck. They all set off on a walk down the beach, but William and Wally become impatient waiting for Wanda to keep up. It's only when they get to the water that Wanda leaves the others in her wake. Pleasing watercolor-and-black-pen illustrations show the simply drawn figures; their footprints and shadows add interest and dimension to each double-page spread. Sunlit colors and an unusual overhead perspective make this picture book an interesting visual experience, but the word game is not dynamic enough to engage young readers. However, it may be welcomed by classroom teachers who seek vehicles to teach the letters of the alphabet.Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Jonas (The 13th Clue, 1992, etc.) pens an alliterative, winning work about the letter W. The simple story features two children, William and Wilma, a big black dog, Wally, and a white duck, Wanda. All four take a walk on the beach. A sample page reads: "Wanda waddles./ Wilma waits./ William whittles./ Wally whimpers." That's not the whole story, though, because the ink- and-watercolor illustrations are quite wonderful. Jonas shows a bird's-eye view of her subjects, looking right down at the tops of their heads. Their accompanying shadows provide a more conventional view of the action. Each full-bleed spread features an expanse of beach and footprints that loop and snake and scuffle all over the page. Those of the exuberant dog cover the most ground, but Wanda waddles in a tight, straight line, and the text slows with her (big spaces between the words) when Wilma tries to adjust her pace to the duck's. William and Wally are ahead until Wanda hits the water; she takes the lead while the others struggle in her wake. Text and illustrations are perfectly synchronized.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688141721
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/15/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
9.38(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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