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.”