Step into a magical land where anything can happen
and often does!


Hear the story of Willy Nilly & Thumper as told by the author, Jim Henry

About the Book Series

The forest, mountains, and streams that surround the town of Hoop ‘n’ Holler in the magical land of Choco provide a wonderful backdrop for a fun-filled collection of stories about the ongoing adventures of Willy Nilly & Thumper.

Best friends for life, Willy Nilly & Thumper meet up each day and set out on journeys that lead to unexpected twists and turns. You may find them:

  • Working as a team to outsmart and get away from a host of crafty villains
  • Standing up to an assortment of sketchy characters that threaten Hoop ‘n’ Holler
  • Narrowly avoiding unexpected mishaps through quick thinking and bravery
  • Doing what’s right to save and help their friends and community

Have Fun with a Group of Unforgettable Characters

When you read each new Willy Nilly & Thumper story, you can count on two things:

Something fun and amazing will happen,
You never know who you’re going to meet next.

As Willy Nilly & Thumper move from one incredible journey after the next, they have a lot of old-fashioned fun and bump into exciting new characters who throw each story into a new direction.

Even more interesting than the characters are the hair-raising maneuvers Willy Nilly & Thumper pull off with split-second precision to get each other out of dangerous situations!

Learn Lessons That Help Shape Character for a Lifetime

Willy Nilly & Thumper show tremendous character by being honest and doing the right thing time after time. Bold and courageous, they set a great example for kids by always having the best interests of their friends and community in their hearts.

Many of the stories share a theme of making sacrifices and taking risks to help friends and neighbors in need. Children will not only be entertained, but will learn timeless values, such as courage and unselfishness.

Most of all, Willy Nilly & Thumper are two crafty characters who have a lot of fun. So come along for their wonderful journeys, and be part of their thrilling adventures!

Meet Willy Nilly & Thumper

This exciting new series of books tells about the nonstop escapades of a sharp-thinking little dog named Willy Nilly and his gung ho rabbit friend, Thumper.

Willy Nilly & Thumper stick together through thick and thin. They also have an uncanny knack for getting into thrilling adventures where you never know what’s going to happen next! They take great pride in doing the right thing and helping friends and neighbors in need.

Willy Nilly is a natural-born leader who makes his home in the hollow part of a beautiful tree. A planner by nature, Willy Nilly is very practical and precise.

He likes to think things through and figure out the best course of action at every bend in the road. His careful nature sure comes in handy when he and Thumper find themselves in dangerous situations.

Thumper lives close to Willy Nilly in his comfortable underground rabbit-hole house. Unlike his best friend, Thumper is impulsive and ready to just cut loose and go!

When he and Willy Nilly find themselves in a tight spot, Thumper would rather spring into action—and think through the details later.

The fun and excitement with these two never ends, and your kids will learn positive values along the way.

Join best friends Willy Nilly & Thumper on their exciting adventures!

For more than forty years, author and businessman Jim Henry has been telling his children and grandchildren entertaining bedtime stories about best friends Willy Nilly & Thumper.

Now these stories have come to life for you and your children to share in the long-awaited book series
The Adventures of Willy Nilly & Thumper.

Willy Nilly & Thumper go together like peanut butter and jelly. They’re very different, but they’re perfect for each other. When they’re together, you have an unbreakable bond and a lifelong friendship.

Based in the town of Hoop ‘n’ Holler in the magical land of Choco, this exciting series of books tells about the nonstop escapades of a sharp-thinking little dog named Willy Nilly and his gung ho rabbit friend, Thumper. These two best friends have a knack for getting into tight squeezes where they could be:

  • Escaping the clutches of wolves, crocodiles, and other hungry villains
  • Outsmarting hermits, witches, and other shifty characters
  • Dodging the perils of quicksand, or dangling from cliffs
  • Doing good deeds and sharing what they have with those in need

So step into the magical land of Choco and have some fun with Willy Nilly
& Thumper.

What Readers Are Saying

The Lost Treasure of Mount Methuselah: “This Indiana Jones style debut story will have readers asking “Will there be more”? Willy Nilly & Thumper are out for a hike when rain threatens. They take shelter in a cave and the action begins. The friends navigate the dangers around them, a skull, a mystery parchment and a water-filled cave room all while learning about courage, problem solving and teamwork. The story provides an opportunity for readers to discover more about cave formation, cave painting, cave creatures and spelunking. It might encourage a family to find their own adventure in a cave!”
– Diane Bles, Director of Elementary Reading, Midland Independent School District

“I LOVE Willy Nilly & Thumper’s sense of adventure! The notes at the end of the book, from Willy Nilly & Thumper’s Library, simply reinforce the fun. Combining the two facets, fiction and fact, allows readers to stretch their imaginations and curiosities. We are thrilled to share the Adventures of Willy Nilly & Thumper with children in our community via our students – students who are parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Through them, children can be made readers who love a good book adventure.”
– Patci Lewis, Executive Director, Midland Need to Read

“After reading Jim Henry’s first book on Willy Nilly & Thumper’s adventures, The Lost Treasure of Mount Methuselah, I was anxious to see what magical story he would tell in the 2nd book, The Hermit’s Last Hairs. I was delighted to find that this book also had an interesting, educational premise. It also gives readers good advice on friendship and making good choices. Well done! I recommend this well written book to all.”

“I loved The Lost Treasure of Mount Methuselah so I wasn’t sure what adventures the next book would hold. The Hermit’s Last Hairs was so heart warming and touching. What an amazing story of acceptance and love. I applaud the authors on teaching a valuable lesson in an engaging way. I am looking forward to more Adventures of Willy Nilly & Thumper!!”
– Jenn Park

“I loved this book. It is well written and the illustrations are beautiful. I believe it will not only entertain children but also help them learn how to solve problems and make good choices.”
– Beth Linthicum

BBGB150For each book purchased in the Adventures of Willy Nilly & Thumper series, a new book will be given to an organization that supports literacy in communities.