Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town Paperback – June 23, 2017
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- Publisher : TSL Publications; null edition (June 23, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 124 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1911070770
- ISBN-13 : 978-1911070771
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.83 x 0.28 x 8.26 inches
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Craig has only ever been to Cape town once before with his parents, but then he was a baby himself. This time he is going with his own baby brother, Willy. And Willy is very good at getting himself into trouble.
This is an account of a charmingly chaotic holiday trip for a family told in a very reportage style - as a young child might write it but with perhaps greater fluency. It offers a lot of starting points for discussions on topics between a parent and a child in a read-aloud setting.
The very best aspect of this book is the stunning illustrations of the wonderful recipes which all relate to the story in some way. My favourite was the edible bunk beds - so creative and original! The book is worth snagging for those on their own, IMO.
'Mom persuaded Willy to give the chameleon to the man by promising to buy him and ice cream.'
The first issue for me with this book is its title. I'm sorry, I'm British and Willy is not an abbreviation of William we would ever use - any more than most of the English speaking world would use a certain abbreviation of the name Richard - and for the same reason. So the name of the book makes it unsuitable for children in the UK. We had the same problem with the film 'Free Willy' which was greeted in the UK with giggles and guffaws, not misty-eyed emotion.
The other issue I had was that the style of writing was so report like. Even exciting moments like the chameleon being grabbed is told in two sentences and nothing is made out of it. I was also a touch disturbed by the odd negative reaction when a Chinese tourist wanted to take a photo of the children and this was presented as something weird and creepy.
I think as a book to read aloud with parental input and discussion, it could be quite a good children's book and the recipes are clever and would enchant any child.
My problem though is that I wouldn't know who to gift this book to. It seems too simple for an adult, at the same time a bit dull and unattractive for children to read. I think the author captures the thoughts of a little boy well in many instances but she was being too careful which detracted from the overall charm of Willy. The book read like a report and it was too precise, too accurate, too systematic. I would have appreciated this more if the boy's recollection and recounting of things were a little less accurate, disjointed, uncertain and he was more distracted. Let's face it. This is a little boy of 8 years old. Based on the name Silly Willy, I expected more.
The recipes and illustrations at the back of how to make different things out of fondant were interesting.
The recipes and instructions in the back look good.
Cautious Craig tells the story of his holiday in Cape Town - all the fun things they did and experienced and how his younger brother Silly Willy causes chaos along the way.
The recipes and fondant art creations round out a delicious book!
Recommended for children able to read chapter books and anyone who enjoys an amusing tale.