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A stunning, dramatic version of the classic film, King Kong.
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.
First, the good news: if ever a couple seemed made for each other artistically, it's the multitalented Browne and King Kong, the celebrated simian star of the 1933 film. In this illustrated retelling, Browne's imagery literally reaches new heights-think Gorilla on steroids-with his powerful renderings of the fabled beast, often in skewed perspectives that magnify the drama. While many illustrations are based directly on the film, Browne's graphic style works splendidly to give the images a striking new look while remaining faithful to director Cooper's justly famed work. (One gratuitous touch: the film's ``made-over'' star bears a distracting resemblance to Marilyn Monroe.) The book's text, however, is less successful than its artwork: Browne's prose, while appropriately cinematic, evinces an adult sensibility that would seem to lessen its appeal to a youthful audience. Also, perhaps because of the period setting and the (occasionally hokey) story line itself, both dialogue and descriptions veer at times toward camp. Nonetheless, this Kong is an impressive addition to Browne's oeuvre. All ages. (Oct.)
"Wonderful" * Sunday Telegraph * "Browne creates an understanding for the creature's emotions. Without spectacular cinematic effects, the themes of the story are much more apparent" * TES * "A stunningly illustrated picture book that is just right for secondary school ages . . . With wit and verve in the artwork this is a winner" * The School Librarian *