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Willy and Hugh
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The well-intentioned ape from Willy the Wimp is back; "Browne deftly adds a subtle sophistication to this affable tale of a friendship between two dissimilar individuals," said PW. Ages 5-9. (June)

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ANTHONY BROWNE is the acclaimed author and illustrator of such prize-winning bestsellers as GORILLA (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Kurt Maschler Award), WILLY THE WIMP and ZOO (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal). Anthony Browne's first picture book for Doubleday was published last year to great acclaim. VOICES IN THE PARK won the 1998 Kurt Maschler Award and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Anthony was also the winner of the 2000 Hans Christan Andersen Award for Illustration.

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The well-intentioned ape from Willy the Wimp is back; "Browne deftly adds a subtle sophistication to this affable tale of a friendship between two dissimilar individuals," said PW. Ages 5-9. (June)

K-Gr 3-- In his third book featuring Willy the chimp, Browne presents an ``odd couple'' friendship. As the book opens, Willy is lonely and friendless. His friend Millie, from Willy the Wimp (1985) and Willy the Champ (1986, both Knopf) is inexplicably missing. At the park, Willy literally runs into a massive primate named Hugh Jape, and the two immediately become friends. Hugh easily scares off Willy's nemesis, Buster Nose, who comes around looking for trouble; Willy returns the favor when Hugh is spooked by a spider. There are some nice touches of humor, including a scene at the zoo, where a wide-eyed human family sits in a cage. Browne uses a variety of media--watercolor, colored pencil, ink--to produce lively illustrations. His wash backgrounds provide a perfect home for his intricately drawn, expressive characters; the pictures not only illustrate the text, but also enhance it. Kids will relish the agony on the faces of muscular apes jogging in the park. This touching story of friendship will delight readers. --George Delalis, Oakland Public Library, CA

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