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Willy's World of Wonders

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The world is full of surprises!

Willy Puchner opens his treasure chest for us. With his unique outlook, this book awakens the curious and inspires the imagination. 

Some wonders are huge, such as dinosaurs, some are so small they hardly catch your eye ... From shimmering beetles and birds getting married to cats strolling down red carpets—Puchner’s photographs, illustrations, and little gems of text will find their way into your heart. 

Willy Puchner, born in 1952 in Lower Austria, works as a photographer, designer, and author in Oberschützen, Vienna, and beyond. After studying philosophy and history, he followed his desires and visited distant cities: New York, Sydney and Paris, Venice, Tokyo, Honolulu, Rome, and Cairo. He has published numerous books, shows his paintings in exhibitions, publishes in magazines, and leads workshops and lectures. Puchner’s The ABC of Fabulous Princesses and The ABC of Fantastic Princes have been praised for their inventiveness. This is his third book for NorthSouth Books.

Offering a smorgasbord of creatures and locations...the sequence of spreads invites patient reading as it displays a visually enticing set of illustrations and begs for the deciphering of meaning. An adventurous exploration into the deepest recesses of imagination. 

– Kirkus Reviews

Through a combination of worldly wisdom and Monty Python–esque illustrations, Puchner shares his views, devoting a spread to each miraculous place, topic, or concept. These subjects meander from the world of the circus to that of language to comforting cats just as whimsically as one’s imagination does.

– School Library Journal

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