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Anthony Browne - Author

About the Author

As a child
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.”

As an adult
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.

As an artist
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. On 9 June 2009 Anthony was announced as the sixth Children’s Laureate, an appointment that recognises the importance of exceptional children’s writing in creating the ‘readers of tomorrow.’ Speaking about this latest award, Anthony says, “I hope to encourage more children to discover and love reading, but I want to focus particularly on the appreciation of picture books…. Picture books are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older. The best ones leave a tantalising gap between the pictures and the words, a gap that is filled by the reader's imagination, adding so much to the excitement of reading a book.”

Things you didn't know about Anthony Browne
•    When he was a boy he wanted to be a journalist, a cartoonist, or a boxer.
•    He was once asked to present a programme on children’s books, in a cage with some gorillas - but one gorilla bit him badly on the leg. It didn’t put him off them, but, he says “you wouldn’t catch me going into a cage with one again!”
•    He grew up in a pub and when he was little, would go into the bar, stand on a table and tell stories about a character he’d made up called Big Dum Tackle.
•    He wore short trousers until he was fifteen.
•    He thinks the character, Willy, is based on his own childhood.
•    When he was a boy, he wanted a real trumpet for his birthday, but he got a toy plastic one instead. He says his book, Gorilla, was partly based on that experience.
•    He loves rugby and played as a scrum-half for eighteen years.
•    His book The Tunnel was inspired by a very frightening tunnel he and his brother used to go down when they were boys.
•    When he was a medical artist, he would often eat his lunch in the mortuary.

Featured books by Anthony Browne

Other books by Anthony Browne

Willy the Dreamer

Willy the Dreamer

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2019

A stunning Willy book with spectacular, surreal paintings - by one of the most acclaimed of all picture book artists. Willy loves to dream. He dreams that he's a film star, a sumo wrestler, a ballet dancer, a painter, an explorer, a famous writer, a scuba diver... Sometimes he dreams that he can't run but he can fly. He dreams he's a giant or he's tiny, a beggar or a king, in a strange landscape or all at sea. He dreams of fierce monsters and super heroes, of the past and, sometimes, the future. Willy's dreamland is a gallery of amazing and magical pictures, each one magnificently executed and packed with bananas and slyly surreal details that cannot fail to intrigue and delight. The pictures pay homage to famous paintings by the likes of Dali, Magritte and Henri Rousseau, as well as film and book characters and much more.

Little Frida A Story of Frida Kahlo

Little Frida A Story of Frida Kahlo

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2019

One great artist inspires another, as former Children's Laureate and twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal Anthony Browne creates a beautiful story about Frida Kahlo. The artwork of Frida Kahlo inspires former Children's Laureate and twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal Anthony Browne in this beautiful and surreal picture book. Stunning illustrations tell the story of a lonely young girl who discovers the power of the imagination to set you free. A tribute to an iconic artist exploring themes of belonging, creativity and hope, this is an exquisite and touching picture book.

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

When their dog goes missing, Tom and Mary play hide and seek to distract themselves. Mary counts to ten and looks for Tom but she can't find him anywhere. But then there's a rustling from the woods - maybe someone else can help her find him... A reassuring tale of sibling love by the master Anthony Browne.

What If...?

What If...?

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2014

Joe is nervous about his first big party, and as Mum walks him along the darkening street to his friend's house, his imagination starts to run wild. They search for the right place, looking through the windows, wondering What if...? while making surprising discoveries along the way.

Hipp-O-Dee-Doo-Dah

Hipp-O-Dee-Doo-Dah

Author: Anthony Browne, Elizabeth Arnold, Philip Brewster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2011

BEAR'S MAGIC PENCIL

BEAR'S MAGIC PENCIL

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2010

Bear was walking in the forest. Suddenly... What happens next? Winners of the children's competition featured in The Sun decide... Children's Laureate, Anthony Browne, has collaborated with budding author-illustrators, aged 8 and under, to create an exciting and unique picture book - combining Anthony's character - the bear with the magic pencil - with art and stories from the winning entries. Wherever Bear goes he takes his magic pencil with him. If ever he has a problem he just draws his way out of trouble - whatever he draws becomes real . . . Anthony Browne started the story of a bear with a magic pencil, and children aged eight and under were invited to join in and complete the story. Working with The Sun team, Anthony has selected the best ideas, and used them to create the rest of the story. The result is this fabulous picture book!

Bear Hunt

Bear Hunt

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2010

This story is all about a very clever white bear and his magic pencil. Everything Bear draws becomes real! He draws a circle and it becomes a hole through which he can escape. He even draws a rope that he can swing on. And when two bear hunters are after him, his magic pencil comes in very handy!

Look What I've Got!

Look What I've Got!

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2010

A new edition of the master illustrator's story of a show-off getting his come-uppance. Jeremy, it seems, has everything: a new bicycle, a pirate outfit, an enormous bag of lollipops. But he won't share anything with Sam. Could it be, though, that Sam has something far more valuable? This stunning book is filled with visual jokes and a message to inspire.

Through the Magic Mirror

Through the Magic Mirror

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2010

A new edition of master illustrator Anthony Browne's first book, full of visual surprises. Toby is fed up. Fed up with books, fed up with toys, fed up with everything. But when he walks through the magic mirror, things are amazingly different. Toby can hardly believe his eyes! Anthony Browne's first book is full of the surreal details and visual humour that have made him one of the world's most popular and acclaimed picture book artists.

My Dad

My Dad

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2010

My dad can wrestle with giants, eat like a horse, swim like a fish ...Can yours? This is a brilliant, humorous look at fatherhood from a child's point of view, from this multi-award-winning author/illustrator.

I Like Books

I Like Books

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Board book Release Date: 01/03/2009

Do you like books? Funny books or fairy tales? Scary books or song books? Books about dinosaurs or pirates or ABCs? This simple, inviting ode to the pleasures of reading stars an obliging chimp sampling books of all sizes and shapes, vividly and humorously rendered in Anthony Browne's crisp, polished style.

Little Beauty

Little Beauty

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2009

The heart-warming tale of a gorilla and his tiny friend, from the master picturebook-maker. A very special gorilla is taught a very special skill: sign language. He appears to have everything he needs, but one day he signs that he is sad and needs a friend. His keepers bring him a tiny cat called Beauty and the two of them become inseparable. But when the gorilla gets angry and causes damage to the TV, will his keepers think him unfit to be friends with such a small, defenceless animal? Not if Beauty can think fast and prove what a special friendship they share...

Willy's Pictures

Willy's Pictures

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2008

Hugely entertaining and informative - a unique art history lesson given by internationally acclaimed children's book illustrator. Willy's pictures look like great works of art, but not quite ... for Willy has added himself and his friends to famous paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Vermeer, Manet and many more. Delight in his dazzling portfolio then open the fold-out pages to see the original pictures and learn about the artists who painted them. As Willy knows, every picture tells a story...

Willy the Champ

Willy the Champ

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2008

Join Willy as he takes on the big bad bully! Willy is different. He likes to read books and listen to music; he's no good at sports, although he tries; and wherever he goes he gets laughed at. But when he's threatened by the horrible Buster Nose he really comes into his own.

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2008

A retelling of this famous, dark fairytale from award-winning author-illustrator Anthony Browne. Hansel and Gretel is perhaps the darkest and greatest of the fairytales from the Brothers Grimm. This extraordinary book brings the classic childhood tale to a new generation courtesy of one of the world's greatest picture book artists, Hans Christian Andersen Award-winner Anthony Browne.

Boidheach Beag

Boidheach Beag

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2008

Willy the Wimp

Willy the Wimp

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2008

Willy is tired of being a wimp so he decides it is time to take action! Willy is kind and gentle, and bullied by the suburban gorilla gang who call him Willy the Wimp . Desperate to do something about his situation, Willy answers a bodybuilding advert and grows big and strong, determined no one will ever call him wimp again.

Changes

Changes

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2008

A new edition of an outstanding picture book by one of the most popular of all contemporary author/illustrators. On Thursday morning at a quarter past ten, Joseph Kaye notices something odd about the kettle... Thus begins a remarkable day for Joseph, a day in which everything seems to change in the most peculiar of ways. The washbasin grows feet, the armchair becomes a gorilla, his bicycle wheel turns into an apple ... Joseph's father had said when he'd left that morning that everything was going to change. But what had he meant? The book explores the boy's state of mind as he prepares for the return of his parents with his new baby sister.

The Tunnel

The Tunnel

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2008

Anthony Browne is at his most brilliant in a new edition of this profound picture book about sibling relations. Once upon a time there lived a brother and sister who were complete opposites and constantly fought and argued. One day they discovered the tunnel. The boy goes through it at once, dismissing his sister's fears. When he doesn't return his sister has to pluck up the courage to go through the tunnel too. She finds her brother in a mysterious forest where he has been turned to stone...

Piggybook

Piggybook

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2008

A stunning new edition of one of Anthony Browne's best-loved picture book stories. Mr Piggott and his two sons behave like pigs to poor Mrs Piggott - until, finally, she walks out. Left to fend for themselves, the male Piggotts undergo some curious changes!

Little Beauty

Little Beauty

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2008

This is the heart-warming tale of a gorilla and his tiny friend, from the master picturebook-maker.A very special gorilla is taught a very special skill: sign language. He appears to have everything he needs, but one day he signs that he is sad and needs a friend. His keepers bring him a tiny cat called Beauty and the two of them become inseparable. But when the gorilla gets angry and causes damage to the TV, will his keepers think him unfit to be friends with such a small, defenceless animal? Not if Beauty can think fast and prove what a special friendship they share...

My Brother

My Brother

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2008

My brother is really cool. He's a super skateboarder and he's got massive muscles. He can run so fast that ...he can fly! Yes, my brother is really cool. A humorous, affectionate tribute to brothers, this title is perfect for adults and children everywhere. A brilliant follow-up to the best-selling My Dad and My Mum !

Gorilla

Gorilla

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2008

A stunning new edition of the classic picture book by a Hans Christian Andersen Award-winner. Hannah loves gorillas but has never seen one. Her father's too busy to take her to the zoo - or for anything else come to that. For her birthday, Hannah asks her father for a gorilla - but is disappointed when she discovers that the gorilla she's got is just a toy one. But then something extraordinary happens ... the toy turns into a real gorilla, who puts on her father's hat and coat and takes her off for a magical visit to the zoo...

My Mum

My Mum

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Board book Release Date: 21/07/2007

She's nice, my mum...My mum's a fantastic cook, and a brilliant juggler. She's a great painter,and the strongest woman in the world! She's really nice, my mum. This book is a warm, funny tribute to Mum (and to mums everywhere) by the brilliant author/illustrator Anthony Browne.

My Mum

My Mum

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2006

She's nice, my mum...My mum's a fantastic cook, and a brilliant juggler. She's a great painter, and the strongest woman in the world! She's really nice, my mum. A warm, funny tribute to Mum (and to mums everywhere) by the brilliant author/illustrator Anthony Browne.

Into the Forest

Into the Forest

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2005

A shortcut through the forest to Grandma's house produces some eerie moments - and some oddly familiar characters - in a strikingly illustrated tale about facing fears. One night a boy is woken by a terrible sound. A storm is breaking, lightning flashing across the sky. In the morning Dad is gone and Mum doesn't seem to know when he'll be back. The next day Mum asks her son to take a cake to his sick grandma. Don't go into the forest, she warns. Go the long way round. But, for the first time, the boy chooses to take the path into the forest, where he meets a variety of fairy tale characters.

The Shape Game

The Shape Game

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2004

'I was a little boy and I didn't know what to expect. It was my mother's idea - that year for her birthday she wanted us all to go somewhere different. It turned out to be a day that changed my life forever.' A family reluctantly visits an art gallery but one by one each member is energized by a different picture in the gallery and transported into the imaginative and colourful world of art.

Things I Like

Things I Like

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2003

A wonderful picture book all about everything toddlers like, from an award winner children's book creator. Whether it's painting a picture or riding a bike, building sandcastles or playing with friends - or even just watching TV - there's something in this book that every toddler is sure to love! This simple picture book is vividly and humorously rendered in Anthony Browne's crisp, polished style.

I Like Books

I Like Books

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2003

Who better than Anthony Browne - and one of his most personable chimps - to celebrate all the fun to be found in the world of books? Do you like books? Funny books or fairy tales? Scary books or song books? Books about dinosaurs or pirates or ABCs? This simple, inviting ode to the pleasures of reading stars an obliging chimp sampling books of all sizes and shapes, vividly and humorously rendered in Anthony Browne's crisp, polished style.

The Night Shimmy

The Night Shimmy

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2003

Eric doesn't like to talk. His secret friend, the Night Shimmy, says everything for him. Then he meets Marcia, who doesn't mind that he is quiet. As the two become friends, the Night Shimmy disappears. Angry and scared, Eric refuses to play with Marcia. But soon she needs his help and Eric discovers that he doesn't need his imaginary friend after all.

Willy The Wizard

Willy The Wizard

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2003

Willy the chimp loves football and dreams of being a star player. But he doesn't have any boots so he's never been picked for the team. Then, one evening, Willy meets a mysterious stranger and his luck begins to change ...

My Dad

My Dad

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Board book Release Date: 01/05/2003

He's all right, my dad. He's as strong as a gorilla and as happy as a hippopotamus. He's a great dancer, a brilliant singer,he's fantastic at football and he makes me laugh. A lot. But that's not all that's great about my dad . . . A warm, hilarious, witty and very personal tribute to Dad (and to dads everywhere) by the ever-brilliant and inventive Anthony Browne.

Gorilla

Gorilla

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2002

A classic picture book by a Hans Christian Andersen Award-winner. Hannah loves gorillas but has never seen one. Her father's too busy to take her to the zoo - or for anything else come to that. For her birthday, Hannah asks her father for a gorilla - but is disappointed when she discovers that the gorilla she's got is just a toy one. But then something extraordinary happens...the toy turns into a real gorilla, who puts on her father's hat and coat and takes her off for a magical visit to the zoo. The next morning Hannah's happiness is complete when her father takes her to the zoo, too.

Gorilla

Gorilla

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2000

Hannah loves gorillas but has never seen one. Her father's too busy to take her to the zoo - or for anything else come to that. For her birthday, Hannah asks her father for a gorilla - but is disappointed when she discovers that the gorilla she's got is just a toy one. But then something extraordinary happens ... the toy turns into a real gorilla, who puts on her father's hat and coat and takes her off for a magical visit to the zoo...

My Dad

My Dad

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2000

My Dad can wrestle with giants, eat like a horse, swim like a fish - can yours? A humorous look at fatherhood from a child's point of view.

Willy And Hugh

Willy And Hugh

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2000

Willy and Hugh are very different but they can both bring something special to their friendship. This classic picture book from master artist, Anthony Browne is now available in mini treasure format. Mini treasures are delightful mini picture books to treasure forever.

Voices In The Park

Voices In The Park

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/1999

Four different voices tell their own versions of the same walk in the park. The radically different perspectives give a fascinating depth to this simple story which explores many of the author's key themes, such as alienation, friendship and the bizarre amid the mundane. Anthony Browne's world-renowned artwork is full of expressive gorillas, vibrant colours and numerous nods to Magritte and other artists, while being uniquely Browne's own style.

Changes

Changes

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/1997

Look What I've Got

Look What I've Got

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/1996

Jeremy, it seems, has everything, a new bicy cle, a pirate outfit and an enormous bag of lollipops, but he won't share anything with Sam. Selfishness gets its come-uppance in this modern morality tale that is packed with detail.

Willy The Wimp

Willy The Wimp

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/1995

Anthony Browne is the author of Gorilla (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal) and the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award), Piggybook , Willy the Chimp , Willy and Hugh , Changes , The Tunnel , I Like Books , Look What I've Got , Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (winner of the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award), Hansel and Gretel , Zoo (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal) and King Kong .

Bear Hunt

Bear Hunt

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/1994

This story is all about a very clever white bear and his magic pencil. Everything Bear draws becomes real! He draws a circle and it becomes a hole through which he can escape. He even draws a rope that he can swing on. And when two bear hunters are after him, his magic pencil comes in very handy!

Zoo

Zoo

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/04/1994

Dad, mum and two brothers spend a day at the zoo, looking at the animals in the cages - or is it the animals that are looking at them?

The Big Baby

The Big Baby

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/08/1993

Willy And Hugh

Willy And Hugh

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/1992

Willy hasn't got any friends and no-one ever lets him join in with their games. He is lonely...until the day he bumps into Hugh Jape in the park. Willy and Hugh are very different but they make a great team!

Piggybook

Piggybook

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/1990

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