Mr Huff by Anna Walker
Published by Penguin Books Australia
Bill has woken feeling like a bit of a gloomy Gus. It’s cloudy outside and to top it off it might rain. A little dark cloud begins to form. Things continue to dampen his mood. Bill can’t find his favourite socks, he spilt the milk and the thought of going outside. Yuck!
The little dark cloud above Bill grows bigger and bigger.
The journey to school isn’t much better. There are barking dogs, shouting children and sky is so dark he is sure it is going to rain. Bill is feeling very sad.
While his class mates happily chat around him, Bill feels horrible and to make it worse someone wants to sit in his seat.
The little dark cloud had grown so big he had arms, legs and a very big frown. Mr Huff followed Bill around…everywhere. To the bath, at bedtime, at playtime and even when Bill had to really, really go. Bill closed his eyes and wished his new friend would go away, but nothing worked.
Bill felt so horrible he shouted at Mr Huff. ‘I hate you, Mr Huff!’
At that moment everything changes. Bill accepted Mr Huff and instead of trying to run and hide he took Mr Huff by the hand. As the friends walked home in the rain, they noticed the world around them wasn’t that bad. Bill listened as the children laughed and played in the puddles. As the sunshine broke through the clouds Bill’s worrying feelings started to disappear. Mr Huff started to grow smaller and smaller until he was almost small enough to fit in Bill’s hand.
This is a beautiful story that pulls at the heart strings. Anna Walker both wrote and illustrated this book, creating a gorgeously positive story for kids who have worrying feelings. Anna captures Bill’s dark moods visually through her stunning illustrations.
A story with few words but one that packs a punch and will resonate with kids who often find worrying feelings clouding their day.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author & Illustrator: Anna Walker
Title: Mr Huff
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Published: June 2015