Friday, 26 June 2009

Anthony Browne New Children’s Laureate in UK

Anthony BrowneThe author and illustrator Anthony Browne has been appointed as Children’s Laureate in the UK. Browne says that he will campaign to raise the profile of picture books in the trade and to encourage adults as well as children to draw. He first sprang to fame with a book about a friendly gorilla, and went on to win international acclaim with Willy the Wimp, a weedy chimp who overcomes his anxieties to defeat the neighbourhood bullies. Claire Armitstead writing in The Guardian newspaper said of Browne “He's also a sharp social commentator, whose counterpoint of words and text has set new standards of sophistication in picture books”.

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