ACHUKA Book the Day 18 Apr 2023
“Pintonato’s vividly detailed illustrations comically highlight the myriad emotions clashing across put-upon Wally’s face. The unifying motif of the picnic blanket–patterned endpapers cleverly foreshadows the conflict resolution to come. The illustrator’s skillful use of negative space emphasizes the escalating mayhem to hilarious effect. This rollicking fable will resonate with aficionados, dilettantes, and prodigies everywhere.” KIRKUS
Wally was the world’s greatest piano-playing wombat — until he realised there was an even more talented piano-playing wombat in town!
When Wally, the world’s greatest piano-playing wombat, hears Wylie play, he becomes envious. Wally tries toe-tapping and ball-twirling as he plays piano, but every time Wally thinks he’s one-upping the competition, he discovers Wylie can do all the same tricks. Although Wally is discouraged at first, he soon realises that competing with Wylie inspires them both to play better. And finding a friend to share what you love? That’s the best win of all. Both affirming and motivating, Wally’s story will resonate with young readers as they learn how to deal with competition and to do what makes them happy-even when they’re not the very best.
Camilla Pintonato was the subject of Meet An Illustrator 16
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