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Anthony Browne - Author

About the Author

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!

Books by Anthony Browne

One Gorilla: A Counting Book

One Gorilla: A Counting Book

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2013

Count from one to ten with apes and primates. What better attention-getter for small children than primates in all their variety? And who better to render them than Anthony Browne? In this elegant counting book, the author-illustrator outdoes himself with a vivid presentation of primates from gorillas to gibbons, macaques to mandrills, ring-tailed lemurs to spider monkeys. With his striking palette, exquisite attention to detail, and quirky flair for facial expressions, Anthony Browne slyly extends the basic number concept into a look at similarities and differences-portraying an extended family we can count ourselves part of.

Gorilla

Gorilla

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2013

Celebrate 30 years of the classic award-winning picture book in this stunning new edition. 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...

A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

A heart-warming tale of friendship from supreme artist, Anthony Browne. One day Smudge and Charles (two very different children) take walks to the park with their dogs, Albert and Victoria. The dogs race off and chase each other around the park, while Smudge and Charles become the best of friends. First published in 1977, this tale of friendship which is one of the first books by internationally acclaimed picture book creator, Anthony Browne is available again in paperback.

A Bear-y Tale

A Bear-y Tale

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

The fairy-tale adventure of a little white bear and his magic pencil. Bear is walking through a deep dark forest when he meets a hungry-looking wolf, a giant, a scary witch and a family of three bears. With each encounter, Bear draws his way out of danger with the help of his magic red and yellow pencil. Originally published in 1989 this early work by a picture book master is available again for a brand-new audience.

The Little Bear Book

The Little Bear Book

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

An animal adventure for the little white bear and his magic pencil. As bear strolls through the forest when he meets a lonely gorilla, a noisy crocodile, a lion and even an elephant. They all look like they need something, so bear steps in to save the day using his magic red and yellow pencil to draw just what they were looking for. Originally published in 1988 this early work by a picture book master is available again for a brand-new audience.

How Do You Feel?

How Do You Feel?

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Board book Release Date: 01/05/2013

A first book about feelings, for very young children. How do you feel? Sometimes you feel happy, sometimes sad. Sometimes you even feel surprised. Supreme artist and Children's Laureate Anthony Browne brings all his understanding and skill to bear in this exploration of emotion for very young children. This book will reassure and help them understand how they feel, using simple words and pictures. Every parent can feel confident that this is the perfect book.

One Gorilla: A Counting Book

One Gorilla: A Counting Book

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2012

Count from one to ten with apes and primates. One gorilla, two orang-utangs and three chimpanzees. Explore the family of primates and learn to count from one to ten with former Children's Laureate in this exquisite picture book for the youngest of children. With all the colour and drama of the natural world, Anthony Browne's detailed depictions of monkeys and apes bring a new depth to first numbers and convey an important message to us all.

How Do You Feel?

How Do You Feel?

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2012

A book about feelings, for the very young child. How do you feel? Sometimes you feel happy, sometimes sad. Sometimes you even feel surprised. Supreme artist and Children's Laureate Anthony Browne brings all his understanding and skill to bear in this exploration of emotion for very young children. This book will reassure and help them understand how they feel, using simple words and pictures. Every parent can feel confident that this is the perfect book.

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

Playing The Shape Game

Playing The Shape Game

Author: Anthony Browne, Joe Brown Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2011

Me and You

Me and You

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2011

Three bears decide to go out for a walk in the park while their porridge cools. Meanwhile a little girl has lost her mum and lost her way and is walking the streets alone, until she happens upon a house...The bears arrive home and discover several things are amiss...What will they find upstairs?

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!

Play the Shape Game

Play the Shape Game

Author: Anthony Browne, Andy Stanton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2010

Celebrities, authors and illustrators join the Children's Laureate, Anthony Browne, to raise money for charity Take a simple shape, let your imagination go wild, and see what happens... Over 40 top names - including Jo Brand, Quentin Blake, Emma Thompson, Sir Peter Blake, Axel Scheffler, Alain de Botton, Ian McEwan, Jacqueline Wilson, Andrew Motion and Jeremy Irons - have played the Shape Game for charity. And they've left behind brand new shapes for the reader to play along too! This simple drawing game, devised by the Children's Laureate, Anthony Browne, is the perfect way to encourage a child's creativity. In partnership with Booktrust and Waterstone's, all profits are going to The Rainbow Trust charity, which provides vital support to families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness.

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!

Me and You

Me and You

Author: Anthony Browne Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/04/2010

Three bears decide to go out for a walk in the park while their porridge cools. Meanwhile a little girl has lost her mum and lost her way and is walking the streets alone, until she happens upon a house...The bears arrive home and discover several things are amiss...What will they find upstairs?

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