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Overall, I would have this book in my classroom library because it is a thought provoking story on a child’s level. Browne has written or illustrated over fifty books, and received the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2000. One of the children is sat on his bedroom floor and the shadow of his window has created bar like images. A panel is used in the title page to portray the family and again black and white are used to symbolize the zebra. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to children's literature, he was appointed the UK Children's Laureate for 2009 to 2011 and to celebrate both this honour and his glorious career, we present a major retrospective of his life and work.

The details he tells us are centred on him, his own family and his own family’s experience of the zoo, not on the experience of the animals.Anthony Browne combines beautiful illustrations with strong text to create a delightful picture book for all children who love bears, particularly magic ones. The mom in the story makes a comment “I don’t think the zoo really is for animals…I think it’s for people”, meaning the animals are forced to be there, like they are trapped, like the hamster is, and sort of how the main character is. Exploring feelings such as loneliness, anxiety, excitement and contentment, through simple effective text and beautifully persuasive illustrations, Browne creates a real sense of what it is like to be a child. According to CCSU, some runners-up through 2002 up were Commended (from 1959) or Highly Commended (from 1974).

I'd have been happy to just drink them in, but the story is very touching too, which makes for an enormously satisfying read. Anthony Browne is one of the world's most celebrated creators of picture books, with classics such as "Voices in the Park", "Willy and Hugh", and "Gorilla" to his name. Although Browne’s critique of the zoo experience as Not Fun was new to picture books in 1992, there is a lengthy history of children’s storytellers subtley and not so subtley conveying the message that the country is wholesome and the city is dangerous for children, and that cities stifle childhood itself.The story may be sad but it is also exciting and full of adventure with gorilla himself coming to life! We don’t even see the gorilla’s face, just the hunched over, completely withdrawn, pathetic figure of a magnificent wild creature with beautiful reddish fur. This could encourage them to notice how their facial expressions and their perceptions of the zoo change as the story progresses. The dynamics of this “average” family are clearly unveiled through the dialogue exchanged between the two parents and boys. As they enter the dark wood, familiar fairy tale characters confront the issues of fear of love, shame, grief, jealousy, loneliness, and joy in this illustrated collection of poems.

Although they are not quite full bleed, it encourages the reader to feel as if they are enclosed in the cage with the animals. It was also strange that other than the main family, all the other people in the pictures resembled animals. It was Beauty that killed the Beast" King Kong is a giant gorilla, a massive monster of an ape who lives on a remote island. On the first page of the book, there are four separate frames, holding a portrait of each individual family member. A nervous boy named Joe is on his way to a birthday party, but he has lost his invitation and doesn’t know the house number.John's dad always acts young: he wears trendy clothes, frequently changes his hair-style, and loves pop-music. This emotive and endearing book tells the humbling story of Hannah, a little girl, who wants nothing more but to spend quality time with her very busy father. After three years he grew tired of the job's repetitiveness and moved on to design greeting cards for Gordon Fraser.

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