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Anthony Browne

Anthony Browne

I was born in Sheffield, England, in 1946 and moved at the age of one when my dad opened a pub near Bradford. As I got older, I apparently used to stand on a table in the bar and tell stories to customers about a character called Big Dumb Tackle (whoever he was). I spent much of my childhood playing sports, fighting, and drawing with my older brother.
I went to a grammar school in Cleckheaton, then studied graphic design at Leeds College of Art. At this point in my life, my father died suddenly and horrifically in front of me, and this had a huge effect on me. I went through a rather dark period, which didn’t sit very well with the world of graphic design. After leaving college, I heard about a job as a medical artist and thought that it sounded interesting, and it was. I worked at Manchester Royal Infirmary for three years, painting delicate watercolors of grotesque operations. It taught me a lot more about drawing than I ever learned at art college, and I believe it taught me how to tell stories in pictures. I thought that it was probably time to move on when strange little figures started appearing in these paintings, so I began a career designing greeting cards. I continued to do this for many years, working for the Gordon Fraser Gallery. It was at this time, in 1972, that I moved south to Ramsgate, and shortly afterwards I met a local violinist, Jane Franklin, who was to become the mother of our two children. They are both at university -- Joe, who is studying m

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Me and You

Anthony Browne

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

A small bear goes for a stroll in the park with his parents, leaving their bowls of porridge cooling on the kitchen table. Meanwhile, a girl with golden hair is hopelessly lost in a big, frightening...

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My Mom

Anthony Browne

Square Fish

We first meet Mom over a cup of coffee, clad in a floral robe. The robe is ever present as her child describes her wondrous abilities and traits. The ultimate message that shines forth is:...

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My Dad

Anthony Browne; Illustrated by the author

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

From the 2000 Hans Christian Andersen MedalistIn an endearing homage to dads everywhere, a boy describes -- and exaggerates -- the many accomplishments and feats of his father. Among...

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