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Free e-book of the week: Waldo and the Desert Island Adventure – Hans Wilhelm

About This Series

“Free e-book of the week” combines two of my favorite things – Books and Free 😉 This is my way of nudging the hibernating (ahem! to be honest, almost on the verge of a coma) bookworm in me (and hopefully in many other parents out there like me) out of slumber and back into the reading habit. Through this series, I hope to introduce good e-books and authors to FertileBrains Readers and in the process re-ignite my and others love for books. I will be talking mostly about children’s books and parenting books in this series but may digress from time to time to include any other interesting reads I may encounter on the way.

Children’s Books Forever

I know I promised to review grown-up books in this series from time to time, but what can I say? Reading a grown-up book takes time and though I am trying to finish a couple, they are nowhere near complete. And when I stumbled upon this amazing website by one of the sonny’s favorite authors/illustrators right now, Hans Wilhelm, I had to share this with other parents out there looking for quality books for their young kids. Children’s Books Forever promises free “forever” children’s favorites from the author/illustrator for download (non-commercial only) and features over 100 books (in twelve different languages) which are no longer available in hardcopy/print. Today, I will discuss “Waldo and the Desert Island Adventure” which is a fun book to read to a child who loves dogs and a good adventure story with pirates, sea monsters, and dragons!



About The Book


Michael’s last day of vacation turned out to be a soggy, rainy day. Michael was not sure they could go to the beach but Waldo, his big fluffy snowy dog, convinced him otherwise. Once Michael had jumped a few muddy puddles and he and Waldo had discovered some driftwood, the spirit of adventure gripped them both and they were transported into a magical world filled with imagination. They encountered a sea monster, battled with pirates, looked for treasure, ran from a dragon and all in all, had an adventure-filled day. Was their day a success? Did they reach home safely? Read the book to find out.


  • The beautiful, vivid illustrations by the author are sure to grip your child’s imagination and lead to many lively discussions with your little one at every single page.
  • Only a couple of easy sentences per page makes this book a good pick for reading together with your small children or for solo reading when they are ready to transition (I’d say reading level 2 or 3)
  • The book is an amazing adventure for children who enjoy such books and the story line is easy enough to hold their attention.
  • This book, being a scanned copy of a print book makes you miss holding the hard copy in your hands as the scan never feels as good as the original book (or even an e-book). Nonetheless, this is a very tiny reason to not give this classic a chance.

About The Author

Author/illustrator Hans Wilhelm‘s name needs no introduction. With over 200 books to his kitty (mostly for children), this German-American writer/illustrator has won many international awards and prizes. Many of his book series have been converted into animated TV shows. Some of his best-known books include “I’ll Always Love You”, “Bunny Trouble” series, “Tyrone The Horrible” series (available for non-commercial download at Children’s Books Forever), “Waldo” series, and the “Noodles” books.



Disclaimer: The book showcased in this series is available for free at the time of publishing this post. However, FertileBrains has no control over when the book’s value changes or when this book is pulled out of circulation. It is solely at the discretion and ownership of the showcased book’s author.


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