WILLIS by James Marshall


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All that unhappy Willis, a sort of potbellied crocagator, needs to cheer him up is a pair of sunglasses so that he can open his eyes and take in the fun on the beautiful beach, but though his new friends Bird, Snake, and Lobster are eager to help, they can only come up with ten cents toward the 29¢ glasses. To raise the difference, Marshall's unlikely -- and, it would seem, inept -- quartet bungle through a number of jobs and money raising projects; then when lethargic Lobster wakes up long enough to remind the others that "everyone is good for something and you will always be good at what you like to do most," the four friends are inspired to get up a talent show that earns them enough for sunglasses all round. Again the buoyant blimpiness of Marshall's open-hearted creatures is paralleled in the disarmingly goofy delivery of his message.
Pub Date: Sept. 18th, 1974
ISBN: 0618124411
Page count: 56pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1974


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