Books by Anthony Browne

Anthony Browne has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice and was a recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for the body of his work. His most recent book, The Shape Game, is a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book. He lives in Kent, England.


ONE GORILLA by Anthony Browne
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

Browne really cranks up the color intensity in this gorgeous, large-trim portrait gallery of primates. Read full book review >
ME AND YOU by Anthony Browne
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"Clever, thought-provoking and unsettling. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Goldilocks hits the big city in this nuanced take on the old favorite. Read full book review >
LITTLE BEAUTY by Anthony Browne
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Young children may not know the visual King Kong reference, but the rest of the love story will need no explanation. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A lonely gorilla who has been taught sign language tells his keepers that he wants a friend. Read full book review >
MY BROTHER by Anthony Browne
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 6, 2007

"Perhaps a book about sisters is not far behind. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Having described a father and a mother in previous outings, Browne now moves on to the pleasures of having a male sibling. Read full book review >
SILLY BILLY by Anthony Browne
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"It's a sweet acknowledgement that all kids have fears that plague them, and puts a wonderfully childlike solution at their disposal. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Very few artists understand a child's anxieties as deeply—or represent them so thoroughly—as Browne. Read full book review >
MY MOM by Anthony Browne
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 2, 2005

"Although the theme is familiar, the sentiment is so pure that this tale will be a beloved addition to a family's repertoire of stories to treasure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Browne crafts a heart-warming testimony to mothers, as told from a child's perspective. Read full book review >
INTO THE FOREST by Anthony Browne
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Not as whole, perhaps, as Outside Over There, but a fine, unsettling evocation of emotion nevertheless. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little boy's anxieties over his absent father channel themselves into a deeply metaphorical journey through a fairy-tale forest to Grandma's. Read full book review >
THE SHAPE GAME by Anthony Browne
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 2, 2003

Children who respond to fine art with indifference may change their tunes in the wake of this decidedly un-boring family outing to the galleries of London's Tate Britain. Read full book review >
HOW DO YOU FEEL? by Anthony Browne
Released: May 1, 2002

"For a younger audience than Browne's brilliantly dark, subtle pieces, this is a hearty, cheerful offering that appropriately refrains from undermining the non-cheerful emotions. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Emotions are so critical to childhood that there's always room for a bright new book about them. Read full book review >
MY DAD by Anthony Browne
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 12, 2001

"This one has family favorite written all over it. (Picture book. All ages)"
Greenaway and Hans Christian Andersen medallist Browne presents a sweet-natured celebration of Dad in all his infinite variety. Read full book review >
WILLY’S PICTURES by Anthony Browne
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"His confirmed fans won't be the only ones delighted with this album, part affectionate tribute to great art, part grin-inducing invitation to play with visual ideas. (Picture book. 6+)"
Bringing back his favorite chimp once again, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal winner expands on a conceit from Willy the Dreamer (1998), presenting gorillafied pastiches of famous paintings torn from Willy's sketchbook. Read full book review >
VOICES IN THE PARK by Anthony Browne
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Browne's artwork is deft and kaleidoscopic, with sidelong imagery and a nod to RenÇ Magritte that heighten the surreal aspects of the story. (Picture book. 5-11)"
Browne's exceptional out-of-time story—about a visit to the neighborhood park by his familiar gorillas—is told from four perspectives. Read full book review >
THE TOPIARY GARDEN by Janni Howker
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1995

"Thoughtful readers shouldn't be bothered by the many Briticisms, but there's an appended glossary just in case. (Fiction. 12+)"
 Stomping down the road, away from her all-male family in a rage, Liz meets ancient Sally Beck, who invites her into the local manor's topiary garden to hear how she once became a boy. Read full book review >
THE DAYDREAMER by Ian McEwan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"Novelist McEwan's first book for children contains some magical moments but is marred by being often repetitive and occasionally mean-spirited. (Fiction. 8+)"
Adults think that Peter Fortune is a difficult child because he sits by himself and stares into space. Read full book review >
THE BIG BABY by Anthony Browne
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1994

"As usual, Browne's fans will also enjoy discovering the sly surreal touches and artistic references in his exquisitely composed art. (Picture book. 4+)"
 Continuing his campaign against the posturings and insensitivities of the adult male, Browne (Piggybook, 1986) caricatures John Young's dad, who's ``young for his age''—as exhibited in his clothes, hair styles, ``toys,'' fondness for loud music, and self-preoccupation. Read full book review >
ZOO by Anthony Browne
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A provocative look at the darker side of family dynamics. (Picture book. 4-10)"
 From the author of Piggybook (1986), another powerful exploration of the family scene with a similar family of four: massive, boorish Dad, riding roughshod over everyone; quiet little Mum, a pained but helpless observer; the narrator and his younger brother, endlessly squabbling instead of looking at the caged animals they've come to see. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT SHIMMY by Gwen Strauss
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"A subtle and perceptive treatment of a familiar theme, with an unusually harmonious melding of text and art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 The gifted author of Trail of Stones (1990), a series of searching psychological portraits in verse of familiar folkloric characters, portrays a painfully shy boy. Read full book review >
WILLY AND HUGH by Anthony Browne
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A treat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 The appealing Willy the Wimp (1984) is back, still a left- out little chimp in a world of sturdy gorillas—at least until he literally runs into huge Hugh. Read full book review >