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In praise of dads of all sorts - everywhere!
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 WIMP and ZOO (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal). Anthony Browne's first picture book for Doubleday was published last year to great acclaim. 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 Christan Andersen Award for Illustration.
With well-measured doses of hyperbole, sentiment and humor, Browne (Voices in the Park) delivers an endearing paean to patriarchs. "He's all right, my dad," begins the young narrator, pictured only in the final painting, receiving a giant hug from the object of his affection. Each page celebrates a specific quality or accomplishment of Dad, illustrated with characteristically witty panache. Accompanying the proclamation that "My dad isn't afraid of ANYTHING, even the Big Bad Wolf," is a picture of the fellow showing an overall-clad wolf the door, as Red Riding Hood and three pigs peer out from behind a tree in the background; in another, the boy thinks his dad ranks as one of the three tenors ("a brilliant singer," Dad is flanked by Pavarotti and Domingo). Some of Browne's playful imagery is obvious: the plaid pattern of Dad's bathrobe appears on a piece of toast popping out of the toaster, and he assumes the likeness of a variety of animals as the child announces that "My dad can eat like a horse," "swim like a fish," etc. Yet sometimes the artist creates some slyer graphic pranks. A childlike drawing of a sun that hangs on the wall on the opening page, for example, later appears in a smaller dimension as a button on Dad's pajamas. And as the father bounces a soccer ball on his knee, trees in the distance are shaped like balls used in various sports. All ages. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
"Genius" * Guardian * "The pictures are extraordinary and unforgettable and celebrate dads in a way few books do" * Independent * "Anthony Browne is one of the most talented artists working in children's books today" * Parents Magazine *
PreS-Gr 2-As a small child catalogs his father's admirable traits, full-page chalk-and-gouache illustrations humorously portray a pajama-and-bathrobe-clad, round-faced man masterfully demonstrating each accolade. He is brave, resourceful, strong, happy, fast, big, soft, and wise. He dances, sings, plays soccer, and makes faces. He eats like a horse, and swims like a fish. This simple tribute closes with "I love my dad. And you know what? He loves me! (And he always will)." Browne has a winner here. The clever pictures have true child appeal. Single lines of text with lots of white space narrate the softly colored, energetic illustrations. Dad's brown-plaid bathrobe pattern is repeated in unusual items throughout (plaid toast, plaid fish, a plaid teddy), and his heroics are laughably tender, particularly when he sends the Big Bad Wolf out the door. A great tribute to fathers everywhere and a fine inspiration for children to create a "my dad" list of their own.-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.