Willa the Wonderful
By Susan Milord
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618275229, 32pp.)
Publication Date: April 2003
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Willa knows exactly what she wants to be when she grows upa fairy princess, complete with wings, wand, and fairy dust. But being a fairy princess is not as easy as it looks, and soon Willa’s in trouble at school and in a fight with her best friend. Does Willa have what it takes to make good things happen and be a good fairy princess?
Susan Milord lives in Norwich, Vermont, where she finds inspiration for her books all around her.
Willa is a porcine charmer
Newcomer Milord creates an exuberant and inventive heroine in Willa.” Publishers Weekly
The acrylic ink, watercolor, and colored pencil illustrations have a cartoony charm, and the close juxtaposition of piglet and princess has an inherent humor bound to elicit giggles from the read aloud crowd.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Milord taps into the same vein as Marc Brown does in his Arthur Books, creating thinly disguised animal characters to take on human challenges of school and family life.” Booklist, ALA
In the tradition of Kevin Henkes’s Lily and Ian Falconer’s Olivia come Willa, a young pig who has planned her career path.” Kirkus Reviews