Where Willy Went
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Fresh, original and imaginative. Willy is an ambitious sperm. He knows the odds are steeped at 300m to one, but he trains hard so he’ll win the Great Swimming Race. Allan’s achievement is in couching fascinating facts within the construct of a gentle, direct narrative.
Lindsey Fraser, Guardian Education
Frank and funny. Takes young children, skipping and whooping, out from under the gooseberry bush.
I adored Where Willy Went – it’s so funny and clever and touching – and even the most prim and prudish parent/teacher could not possibly object.
Original and humorous, informative and accessible for five to seven year-olds whose curiosity will not be put off. Nicholas Allan achieves a good balance between accuracy, sensitivity, and interest.
Times Educational Supplement
I’d have been delighted to read Nicholas Allan’s likeably frank Where Willy Went to my children when they were smaller.
Julie Myerson, The Telegraph