Voices in the Park

Voices in the Park

Illustrated by Anthony Browne , By (author) Anthony Browne


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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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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 246 x 290 x 6mm | 220g
  • 15 Feb 2000
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London
  • English
  • illustrations, (some colour )
  • 0552545643
  • 9780552545648
  • 3,141

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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.

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"Highly original talent ... Browne's picures of the city streets and the park are a joy to look at ... Anthony Browne first editions are likely to become collector's items" Daily Telegraph "An instant classic" Financial Times "The haunting Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne turns a simple tale and a visually stunning series of surreal pictures ... into a many-layered odyssey ... this book will last a long time" The Times "A genuinely thought-provoking read, and, as usual with Anthony Browne's work, the illustrations, with their surreal references draw the reader in" Sunday Telegraph

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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)

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