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Willy and the Cloud4/5

Willy and the Cloud

Anthony Browne

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Willy (hero of many stories by Anthony Browne) sets off for a stroll to the park om a warm, sunny day. However, his pleasure is spoilt by a persistent cloud which follows him everywhere, steadily growing. The cloud hangs over him, ruining his time in the park and forcing him back indoors whilst all the gorillas soak up the sun. Wily tries a to hide, tries to escape, appeals for help, but nothing works - until he stands up to the cloud.

Using a familiar character, Anthony Browne explores how easy it can be to become overwhelmed by something. The cloud starts as a tiny smudge in the sky, but grows and grows as Willy focuses on it until it is all he can think about. The cloud could be interpreted as depression; however, it could also represent any problem a child might have. Which ever way it is seen, this is an excellent book for encouraging discussion and empathy.

The illustrations carry all of Browne's usual charm and humour. The gorillas sport swimsuits patterned by famous artists and a sofa looks like it was designed by William Morris!. Children adore exploring his pictures and finding tiny details to enjoy. I love the spread of Willy'singing and dancing in the rain'

32 pages / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by Sue Wilsher, teacher.

Reviewed by: Sue Wilsher