Willow the Wonderer

an enchanting tale about

the search for happiness


Beautifully illustrated

with rhyming, counting and wisdom

It's a children's book in a class of its own 

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Willow the Wonderer

A Five Star Children's Book

Willow the wonderer
Woke up one day
Wondering about happiness
And where it lay ...

Willow the Wonderer is an enchanting tale about the search for happiness by Reeta Dhar and Darren Pryce.


Written in perfect rhyme, the melodious stanzas take us on an adventurous journey through the natural world, exploring wonderous places and discovering marvellous creatures. The beautifully crafted imagery draws young readers in to seek out and count all the creatures. The essence of the story is grounded in age-old universal wisdom about happiness.

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Meet Our Baby

New! Willow the Wonderer Plush Toy

"Being there for a child is the most noble thing a toy can do."

--- Woody, Toy Story 

Our adorable little donkey, Willow the Wonderer, is now available as a plush toy.


Sporting his 70s striped purple onesie, Willow the Wonderer is bringing retro back! This cute plush toy will no doubt be a favourite new friend for the little ones and bring to life Willow's world of curiosity, wonder, awe and wisdom. Suitable for all ages. 

All orders fulfilled next business day. Order today!

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The Perfect Gift

New! Book & Toy Premium Gift-Set

"It's never too early
to plant a seed of wisdom "

---  Wise As Stories

Willow the Wonderer is now available as a premium gift-set, perfect for the special little ones in your life.


 Give the gift of wisdom this holiday season.

Our beautiful picture book comes packaged together with an adorable plush toy of Willow in a themed giftbox. Curiosity, wonder, awe and wisdom in a box.

All orders fulfilled next business day! Order today & enjoy FREE Shipping on all gift-sets

" Not Just a Book

but a gift to us all "

May Lam

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Rated Five Stars by 50+ verified buyers

Loved by Kids

cherished by grown-ups


Bill Wood

Ariel's Grandpa

"My three year old grandson Ariel loved the menagerie of hidden animals interspersed amongst the pages. "Read it again Poppa please" was the message repeated again and again."

May Lam

Mia and Teddy's Mum

"I wish I met Willow the Wonderer when I was young. The story made me feel warm and fuzzy - I had tears of joy! This is not just a book but a gift to us all."

Paul Handcock

Issy's dad

"Issy loves the book, she's been asking us to read it every night as part of bedtime routine! A huge compliment because it has been The Hungry Caterpillar for the last 18 months"

Paola Raffinetti

Mia's Mum

"Oh it's beautiful! Gorgeous illustrations and a warm and creative narrative. I love it. I truly think it's special. I'll be the first in line for a hardcopy!"

Gerard Gonzales

Uncle extraordinaire

“I love the "where's Wally" vibe when looking for animals in the illustrations, lol”

Angela Linus

Anna and Maddy's Mum

"A beautifully illustrated story book to teach children new words and numbers, with wise as rhymes and a wonderful lesson for all ages."


"Beautiful and Wise

this is a book a generation will remember"

Myles Boyd

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Behind the Scenes

meet Reeta & Darren

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Reeta & Darren

story makers

During a walk at the beach one afternoon, Reeta and Darren realised they shared a wish to write stories that planted seeds of wisdom in young minds; stories they wish they had grown up with. Darren threw in an idea he conceived a long time ago about Willow, a child who wanders from home searching for happiness. They both felt in Willow a kindred spirit. Over the ensuing months and many lively conversations, sketches and drafts later, the idea grew into a story. Reeta wrote the words and Darren drew the pictures. Thus, Willow the Wonderer was born.

Reeta Dhar


Reeta grew up surrounded by stories; tales from the olden days her grannies used to tell, scary stories that her siblings would share, legends about ancient yogis her dad read aloud, Bollywood films her mum rented and stories from all the glorious books she read.

Stories became her doorway into a world of imagination that enthralled, enticed and enchanted in equal measure. They inspired her to travel, climb mountains, do yoga, meditate and seek out the magic in life.

Reeta’s career has been in business strategy but writing was always something she was going to do. In this first book, she brings together her love of rhyme and the natural world with life's little lessons she has learnt along the way.


Darren Pryce


Darren started drawing before he started walking, or so the story goes. He was the quiet one in the family who spent all his time drawing at the kitchen table; his uncle was surprised to find out that he even had legs!

It was no surprise however that he pursued studies in design and a career as an illustrator, art director and contemporary artist. A classically trained painter with expertise in digital media, Darren seamlessly combines the two disciplines in his craft.

Darren has for many years gazed into clouds, fire and other natural landscapes, searching for animals and objects to emerge from the abstract shapes. He has drawn upon these to illustrate this book, immersing all creatures great and small into the landscape.

Behind the Scenes

we set out to create an 'unlikely hero'