Jim Henry & Jimmy Patterson
Willy Nilly Stories LLC (2016)
Reviewed by Willow Cramer (age 7) for Reader Views Kids (6/17)
“The Adventures of Willy Nilly and Thumper: Stella Star,” by Jim Henry and Jimmy Patterson is about Willy Nilly and Thumper helping Stella Star get back to her stars. When Thumper asked to see a star, Stella answered his wish and came to visit. These big bad guys steal Stella’s star dust so she can’t get home. But Willy Nilly, Thumper, and Stella go after the bad guys and get the stardust back by scaring them. Then they get attacked by Wanda the Wicked Witch! Oh no! Wanda tries to kill them by blowing up their airplane, but they beat her because Stella sprinkled her stardust on both of her wings and Wanda’s fire flies back and hits her! She screams, “You haven’t seen the last of Wanddddddddda!” When they beat her, Stella can go back to the sky!
What I liked most about this book is that Stella Star goes back to the stars so ships can use her to go back to their countries or other countries. I also liked seeing Willy Nilly, Thumper, and Stella’s friendship, and that they were very good creator’s of the plane.
The end of the book where it told about the constellations was interesting. My favorite was the rabbit. The drawings are another favorite part of the book. I thought Stella was pretty.
I didn’t like when the witch attacked Stella and Willy Nilly and Thumper, or when the bad guys stole Stella’s stardust.
I would recommend “The Adventures of Willy Nilly and Thumper: Stella Star,” by Jim Henry and Jimmy Patterson to everybody because I like this book a lot and I think you will too.
My daughter seemed to really like each section of this book, especially the story. She also was very interested in the section on constellations and meteorites. She seemed a little bored with the story about the history of airplanes, though I thought this whole section was great. I wish more books would include lessons like these.