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Anthony Browne - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Children's Laureate 2010 - 2012.

 

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 a 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.

He says he has never found the perfect pair of swimming shorts!

Anthony lives in Canterbury, Kent.

Featured books by Anthony Browne

Other books by Anthony Browne

Ernest the Elephant

Ernest the Elephant

Author: Anthony Browne Illustrator: Anthony Browne Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/05/2021

A poignant story about a baby elephant who gets lost in a mysterious jungle, from the acclaimed Kate Greenaway Medal-winning author-illustrator and former Children's Laureate. Elvis is a happy baby elephant. But when his curiosity gets the better of him and he leaves the rest of his herd to explore the alluring and dangerous jungle, he becomes very lost indeed. Amongst the undergrowth, he meets a rude gorilla, a weary lion, an impolite hippo and an uncaring crocodile. Will anyone help Elvis find his way out of the jungle and home to his mum? From the international phenomenon, Anthony Browne, comes a heartfelt, visually stunning picture book, about finding help in unexpected places.

Through the Magic Mirror

Through the Magic Mirror

Author: Anthony Browne Illustrator: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2021

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.

The Animal Fair

The Animal Fair

Author: Anthony Browne Illustrator: Anthony Browne Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/06/2020

A lively and interactive pop-up nursery rhyme from Kate Greenaway Medal-winner and former Children's Laureate Anthony Browne. This pop-up interpretation of the well-loved playground rhyme is a fantastical extravaganza of illusion and surreal humour. See the crazy carousel in motion! Turn the wheel to discover the secrets of the haunted house! Look out for an elephantine sneeze! Full of Anthony's Browne's trademark surrealism and captivating detail, with the added thrill of ingenious tabs, flaps and wheels, you'll be amazed and excited, amused and delighted by the Animal Fair!

Little Frida A Story of Frida Kahlo

Little Frida A Story of Frida Kahlo

Author: Anthony Browne Illustrator: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2020

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.

The Daydreamer With colour illustrations by Anthony Browne

The Daydreamer With colour illustrations by Anthony Browne

Author: Ian McEwan Illustrator: Anthony Browne Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

'A classic' Financial Times The trouble with being a daydreamer who doesn't say much, like Peter Fortune, is that people are likely to think you are rather stupid or dull. No one can see the amazing things that are going on in your head, such as swapping bodies with a cat, or a baby; vanquishing the school bully; or discovering a mysterious cream that makes your family disappear. Peter learns that the best thing to do, if he wants people to understand him, is to write down some of the things that happen to him while he is staring out of the window or lying on his back looking at the sky. So in this book you'll find some of those strange and wonderful adventures, written down exactly as they happened.

Little Frida A Story of Frida Kahlo

Little Frida A Story of Frida Kahlo

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

When their dog goes missing, Cy and Poppy play hide and seek to distract themselves. Poppy counts to ten and looks for Cy - 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.

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

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

When their dog goes missing, Cy and Poppy play hide and seek to distract themselves. Poppy counts to ten and looks for Cy - 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.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Author: Lewis Carroll Illustrator: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

A dazzling anniversary edition of Lewis Carroll's classic story, illustrated by the award-winning Anthony Browne. Lewis Carroll's classic story is wonderfully re-imagined by award-winning and internationally bestselling illustrator Anthony Browne, in a special anniversary edition. The story of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland has enthralled generations of children since it was first published in 1865. Lewis Carroll's timeless masterpiece, now 150 years old, is richly visual in its telling and in this beautiful anniversary edition, Anthony Browne's dazzling illustrations are perfectly paired with the surreal quality of Carroll's writing, making this a book to treasure.

Look What I've Got!

Look What I've Got!

Author: Anthony Browne Illustrator: 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.

I Like Books

I Like Books

Author: Anthony Browne Illustrator: 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 Illustrator: 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 Illustrator: 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 Dreamer

Willy the Dreamer

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

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.

Willy the Champ

Willy the Champ

Author: Anthony Browne Illustrator: 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.

Willy the Wimp

Willy the Wimp

Author: Anthony Browne Illustrator: 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 Illustrator: 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.

Piggybook

Piggybook

Author: Anthony Browne Illustrator: 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!

The Tunnel

The Tunnel

Author: Anthony Browne Illustrator: 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...

Gorilla

Gorilla

Author: Anthony Browne Illustrator: 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...

Into the Forest

Into the Forest

Author: Anthony Browne Illustrator: 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.

I Like Books

I Like Books

Author: Anthony Browne Illustrator: 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 Daydreamer

The Daydreamer

Author: Ian McEwan Illustrator: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/1995

Peter Fortune is a daydreamer. He's a quiet ten year old who can't help himself from dropping out of reality and into the amazing world of his vivid imagination. His daydreams are fantastic and fascinating - only in the bizarre and disturbing world of dreams can he swap bodies with the family cat and his baby cousin, Kenneth, or wipe out his entire family with vanishing cream.

King Kong

King Kong

Author: Merian C. Cooper, ANTHONY BROWNE Illustrator: Anthony Browne Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/1994

King Kong is a giant gorilla, a huge and terrifying survivor from another age on an island trapped in a time warp. But the awesome creature is no match for the cunning of an ambitious promoter who sees Kong as a megastar showstopper and sets out to capture him. After endless thrills Kong is caught, but this is just the prelude to one of the most thrilling and famous of all cinema climaxes as Kong defies the world from the top of the Empire State Building, a majestic, tragic figure. Above all, KING KONG is a marvellous, timeless STORY, a worldwide favourite. Anthony Browne adds another dimension to this great classic and has produced a book which is a classic in its own right.

Bear Hunt

Bear Hunt

Author: Anthony Browne Illustrator: 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!

The Big Baby

The Big Baby

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

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