Willy and the Cloud

From the former Children's Laureate and twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal comes a stunning and perceptive story about worry and anxiety, featuring his much loved chimp, Willy.

One day Willy goes to the park. It’s a sunny day, but a cloud hovers over him and he can't join in the fun. What can Willy do to make this mysterious cloud go away? Exceptional illustrations combined with the insightful story makes this an essential book for young children.

2014 marked the 30th anniversary of the best-selling Willy the Wimp books by Anthony Browne. To celebrate, we went behind the scenes with Anthony at the Illustration Cupboard gallery, to hear about the recent exhibition of his artwork and his new book, Willy's Stories.

Willy the Wimp

Walker Books, 1984

Willy is kind and gentle, and bullied by the suburban gorilla gang who call him "Willy the Wimp". Desperate to do something about his situation, Willy answers a bodybuilding advert and grows big and strong, determined no one will ever call him "wimp" again.

Willy's Stories

Walker Books, 2014

Once a week, Willy walks through an ordinary-looking set of doors and straight into an adventure – an adventure inspired by a beloved classic of children's literature, from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to The Wind in the Willows. Where will those doors take him today: to a mysterious desert island with footprints in the sand; down a deep, dark rabbit hole full of curious objects; or perhaps on board a pirate ship, face to face with Captain Hook? Wherever he ends up, Willy’s journeys begin when he walks through those inviting doors...


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Other books about Willy;

Willy the Champ,                 Walker Books, 1985

Willy and Hugh,                   Random House, 1991

Willy the Wizard,                   Random House, 1995

Willy the Dreamer,               Walker Books, 1997

Willy's Pictures,                   Walker Books, 2000

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