When Willy Went to the Wedding

Age Range: 2 - 11

When Willy is told he's not allowed to bring his pets to his sister's wedding, despite his promise, they turn up anyway… with disastrous results!

Book Author: Judith Kerr

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Write a set of instructions to teach people how to look after one of Willy's pets.
  • Retell the story from Willy's point of view.
  • Write a diary entry from the point of view of one of the animals that went to the wedding.
  • Think of some speech / thought bubbles and captions to accompany the illustrations.
  • Write a new page for the story in which another of Willy's pets causes trouble at the wedding.
  • Retell the story from the point of view of Willy's aunt.
  • The wedding had 'disastrous' results. Can you think of synonyms for 'disastrous'?
  • Write a new story about a pet that goes somewhere that it shouldn't normally go!
  • Make a list of persuasive arguments for and against owning pets.


  • How many pets does Willy have? How many legs / tails / eyes do they have in total?
  • Create a survey to find out the favourite pets of the children in your class.


  • Plan a healthy meal for the wedding guests.
  • Choose a pet and write a report about it.


  • Use publishing software to design some invitations for Willy's sister's wedding.


  • Draw some images that show what the wedding photographs may have looked like.

Religious education

  • Find out how weddings are celebrated by different religions.
  • Describe a wedding that you have attended in the past. How is it similar / different from the one in the story?


  • Find out the names of popular pets in other languages.


  • Think about why some people decide to get married.


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