You might or might not have heard already but Anthony Browne made it to the new Children’s Laureate a while ago and I’m sad to say that I only heard about him till then! Simply one image of him posted with this happy news had got me feverishly looking for more! He is so damn wonderful! I can’t get enough of him. Please, oh please, sky rain some Anthony Browne books? For I don’t have the money to buy them yet I shall not live peacefully till I can stroke the wonderful illustrations.
I think I needn’t go into his life or whatnot to make you appreciate him (though it certainly is heart-warming to read his opinions on illustrated children’s books and his dealing with his father’s death – as heart-warming as the latter can be, of course). So I’m just going to post some images I found around the web because I found it rather hard to find several of his illustrations in one spot.
First of all, Browne is mostly known for his gorgeously detailed gorillas.
“Gorillas are just fascinating to draw in the way that old people’s faces are more interesting to draw than young people’s faces. And gorillas are so much like us. Looking into a gorilla’s eyes is like looking into a human being’s eyes. You sense the intelligence and emotions there. Feel so familiar. It is the ultimate father figure.”
More awesome gorillas @ The Guardian! Also click this for an overwhelmingly adorable gorilla with cat!
I was also more than psyched to find a bunch of his Hansel and Gretel illustrations!
“Picture books are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older.
The best ones leave a tantalising gap between the pictures and the words, a gap that is filled by the reader’s imagination, adding so much to the excitement of reading a book.”
The latter ones were from this great Flickr user (+ there’s more @ the link!)
There’s a lot of hints to surrealism and great artists but what I immediately linked with Anthony Browne’s work is most definitely Henri Rousseau. And because I love Rousseau…
I think it’s safe to say that I just posted the latter because it features a funny cat. There’s no escaping my cat fanaticism!