William's Getaway

A picture book by Annika Dunklee, illustrated by Yong Ling Kang.

Annika Dunklee, illustrated by Yong Ling Kang

William's little brother, Edgar, always wants to play. But today, William wants some time to himself. William has a big getaway planned: an escape up into his hot-air balloon. It's the perfect place because Edgar is always afraid to join him. But Edgar decides that today, he wants to come. William is very surprised and extremely disappointed.

Edgar over-prepares for the journey. What if he gets hungry, thirsty, cold, bored? What if he gets scared? So William gives up his grand plans for a solo getaway to help his little brother up, offering him encouraging words and an exciting adventure. In the end, William loves the shared adventure, too — even though the hot-air balloon is really only the top of their shared bunk bed, which careful readers will find hinted at through clues in the illustrations.

This loving sibling story celebrates the bond between brothers, the wonders of an imaginary adventure, and the value of an occasional compromise. (From Owlkids)

Annika Dunklee, born in Sweden, now lives in Toronto. She is the award-winning author of many books, including My Name Is Elizabeth!, which was named a 2011 New York Times Notable Children's Book. Her stories are often based on her childhood memories.

Yong Ling Kang is a freelance illustrator who grew up in Singapore and now lives in Toronto, Canada. 

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