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.
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(296mm x 250mm x 5mm)
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
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A well-dressed mother takes her son Charles for a walk in the park with their pedigree Labrador and worries when the dog is chased by a scruffy-looking mongrel and she sees Charles talking to a rough looking child. At the same time an unemployed father takes his daughter Smudge and their scruffy mongrel Albert to the same park. The dogs and children have a great time. The story is told in four voices, each parent and child giving their own perspective on the same event. There is much to think about in this wonderfully illustrated story. (Kirkus UK)
US Kirkus Review » Browne's exceptional out-of-time story - about a visit to the neighborhood park by his familiar gorillas - is told from four perspectives. The first voice is that of a prim, supercilious mother, who has taken her son and pedigreed dog to the park for some air. She sees danger lurking in her charges' dealings with the great unwashed: her dog with a mongrel, her son with a ragamuffin. The second voice is careworn, but ultimately cheered by the visit; a jobless father takes his mutt and his daughter to the park for a break from his worries. Voice three is the first lady's son - hesitant and hemmed in - who finds a moment of liberation when playing with the jobless father's daughter. And lastly is that of the girl herself, a happy-go-lucky fixer-upper for all those who step into her radiance. This quartet of interpolating impressions has a cinematic quality, where real objects and their shadows often take separate paths. Browne's artwork is deft and kaleidoscopic, with sidelong imagery and a nod to Rene Magritte that heighten the surreal aspects of the story. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Anthony Browne
Anthony Browne is the acclaimed author and illustrator of such prize-winning bestsellers as Gorilla (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Kurt Maschler Award), Willy the Wizard, My Dad, Voices in the Park (winner of Kurt Maschler Award) and Zoo (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal). In 2009, Anthony was appointed Children's Laureate, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the world of picture books. Anthony was also the first British winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, one of the highest international honours for illustration. His work has been widely exhibited and his books are published all over the world.