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Want picture books that are a little bit different? Ones that really make you feel and think? Then you can’t do better than Anthony Browne’s quirky favourites. Greatness in book form, by a former Children’s Laureate. What if your toy gorilla came alive and took you to the zoo? Or you found a tunnel that led you into a fairytale forest? Or a little chimp took the world by storm as a top body-builder? Think it can’t happen? It can in these books. Look at your world with fresh eyes.

  • One of the world’s top storytellers – winner of several major awards
  • Witty and imaginative picture books that really get readers thinking
  • Magnificent artwork combined with surreal, unusual points of view
  • Touching stories that explore emotions, family life and fitting in

Product Details

Catalogue number

5532 in Schools Catalogue 2017/18

Format

Paperback

Condition

New

Author/Illustrator

Anthony Browne

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Anthony grew up in a village called Hipperholme, in Yorkshire. He loved art and would spend hours drawing with his beloved father. He says of his father, “He was an unusual man – outwardly strong and confident, but also shy and sensitive – a bit like the gorillas I love to illustrate now. As well as drawing, he encouraged me to play a lot of sports, such as rugby and soccer and cricket. I was small for my age and I used to go to a fairly tough school – if I hadn’t been good at sports, I would probably have been bullied.”

After he left school, Anthony studied graphic design and then went on to paint the insides of people’s bodies for medical textbooks. He found this fascinating, but after three years found that the work was becoming repetitive (“if you’ve seen one stomach operation, you’ve seen ‘em all!”) and instead began designing greetings cards. This in turn led him to illustrating children’s books – his book Gorilla began life as a picture on a birthday card. Anthony lives in Kent and has two grown-up children.

Gorillas feature in many of Anthony’s books. He says, “I am fascinated by them and the contrast they represent – their huge strength and gentleness. They’re thought of as being very fierce creatures and they’re not.” Anthony’s illustrations also reveal his love of the Surrealist painters, whose pictures often depict strange, dreamlike scenes (look out for all the disguised bananas hidden in Anthony’s books!). When Anthony first has an idea for a picture book, he says, “it’s a strange combination of story and images. Deciding what will be illustrated on the pages of a book is like deciding on the scenes of a film.” Anthony has won many prizes for his work, including the Kate Greenaway Medal (twice) and the Kurt Maschler Award (three times). In 2000, he received the highest international honour for illustration, the Hans Christian Andersen Award, for his services to children’s literature – the first British illustrator to win the prize since 1956.

Anthony was also Children’s Laureate from 2009-2011.

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