Children will love the evocative world of Willy's daydreams--a world of heroism, fame, adventure, the past, and the future. The author's stunning illustrations (look for a banana in every scene) pay homage to great painters, while exploring ordinary childhood fantasies with extraordinary flair. Full color. 32 pp. Ages 4 and up. Pub: 4/98.
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Willy the Dreamer based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This children's book has more than meets the eye. While the book itself on the surface is a clever treament to a child-aged gorilla's fantasies of having adventures flying, exploring and morphing into monsters, there is definitely a deeper level. The treatment of gorillas and bananas is so thorough- a mermaid's tail becomes a banana, a hot air balloon becomes a gorilla's face. You could read this book over and over again to count the secret bananas, and also, for older readers, to compare them to great works of art in many mediums, including those by Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali, Charlie Chaplin, Lewis Carroll, Norman Rockwell, Maurice Sendak and more
Critique: Genre: This story consists of a monkey who dreams about being different people, and going different places. Since he thinks, feels, and dreams like a human, the book is a fantasy. However, how the monkey dreams can be realistic because kids can dream similar to the monkey. Illustrations: The illustrations help the audience to imagine the different things Willy dreams of doing. Each picture advances and emphasizes the text of the book by painting a picture of what Willy dreams of (for example, flying, or being a scuba diver). It is organized because on each page is a different illustration for a different dream.