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Alex Willan

Connection to Illinois: Willan lives in Chicago.

Biography: Alex Willan is an author and an illustrator. His love of drawing led him to earn a BFA in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. Alex has exhibited in art galleries and has painted murals, theater sets, and squirmy kids' faces, but his true love has always been children's books.

  • Jasper & Ollie Illinois READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2020-2021
  • Yetis are the Worst Illinois READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2023

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Illustrator

Primary Audience(s): Children


Selected Titles

Dragons Are the Worst!
ISBN: 1534485112 OCLC:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 2021

Mo Willems meets Bob Shea in this uproariously funny picture book about Gilbert the Goblin from the creator of Unicorns Are the Worst!.Gilbert the Goblin is absolutely, definitely, one-hundred-percent certain that dragons are the worst.

Jasper & Ollie
ISBN: 0525645217 OCLC: 1040073288

Doubleday 2019

Jasper, an impatient fox, and Ollie, a slow-moving sloth, head to the pool on a summer day, each taking their own unique path.--

Jasper & Ollie Build a Fort
ISBN: 0525645241 OCLC: 1107837143

Revver the speedway squirrel /
ISBN: 1547603615 OCLC: 1145089343

Revver the squirrel dreams of being a race car driver--or at least a member of the pit crew--but his squirrel survival lessons have taught him nothing about engines.

Revver the speedway squirrel : The Big Race Home
ISBN: 1547603674 OCLC: 1248598562

Revver the squirrel is now an accepted part of the race team (more or less), but he still has a lot to learn, and when the team travels to the airport for a distant race, Revver wanders into the terminal looking for his friends, and gets lost.

Unicorns are the worst /
ISBN: 1534453830 OCLC: 1120902610

A grumpy goblin hates having unicorns as neighbors, but when dragons threaten his home and the unicorns come to the rescue, he has to admit that maybe unicorns are not so bad after all.

Yetis are the Worst
ISBN: 1665921773 OCLC:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 2022

In this hilarious follow-up to Unicorns Are the Worst! and Dragons Are the Worst!, Gilbert the Goblin’s next adventure takes him to the frozen tundra where he’s determined to find the legendary yeti.Gilbert the Goblin is the first to admit that he was, ahem, mistaken—unicorns actually throw the best tea parties, and dragons make delicious ice cream soup. This time, though, he can absolutely confirm that YETIS ARE THE WORST!Sure, they may seem cool and mysterious, but once you meet one, he’s CERTAIN they’re not all they’re cracked up to be! And that’s what Gilbert plans to do: meet a yeti. That is, if he can find one…but how hard can that be?