Voices in the Park

Voices in the Park

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Illustrated by Anthony Browne, By (author) Anthony Browne

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  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens
  • Format: Paperback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 250mm x 300mm x 8mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552545643
  • ISBN 13: 9780552545648
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, (some colour )
  • Sales rank: 3,651

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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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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 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. Voices in the Park won the 1998 Kurt Maschler Award and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Anthony was also the winner of the 2000 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration. Anthony has also written the immensely popular titles King Kong (1994), My Dad (2000), My Mum (2005) and My Brother (2007).

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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

Editorial reviews

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)