Tuesday, 14 October 2014

"Look What I've Got" By Anthony Browne (published by Walker Books Ltd, London 1996 - Orininally published by Julia MacRae Books 1980) Part 4

 
 
There are plenty of visual jokes in the book - in contrast with minimal amount of dialogue. I love the one above with the "x", "z" and "y" fronts hanging from the washing line (along with the superman suit and the three-breasted bra!). A warm, funny story and a classic book.
 
There are quite a few articles and biographies on Anthony Browne available online - but I couldn't find an official website by the author. Here is an interview about his life and work: http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children/illustrators/interviews/69 and the Wikipedia entry is good for listing his large catalogue of picture books:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Browne_(author) 
 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

"Look What I've Got" By Anthony Browne (published by Walker Books Ltd, London 1996 - Orininally published by Julia MacRae Books 1980) Part 2

 

The wonderful and mysterious surrealism of Anthony Browne knows no boundaries.  I scanned several details from this one illustration(above) to show just how many animals and birds the artist was able to hide within one picture!  A real treat for any child's imagination.

 



 


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

"Pied Piper Salmond selling pipe dreams to Scots..." by Harris

 
 
 
Sick and tired of listening to politicians (specially the one above) patronising us for three months now: "Wouldn't it be great to take own future in our own hands", "Wouldn't it be great if we could get rid of the English oppression", "Wouldn't it be great to manage our own economy and be one of the wealthiest nations in the world(!!!?), be small but proud and respected in our own right", "Wouldn't it be great if we could be just like Norway, hunky-dory and rich..."
 
Well, Norway did not manage to defend itself against the mighty Germans during World War II while Great Britain did! The whole world's eyes are fixed on Scotland today, mainly perplexed why anyone would want to leave the security of a powerful country such as the UK and venture into the unknown! Coming from a small country myself I know all too well what it feels like to be at the mercy of powerful neighbours - being controlled, manipulated and bullied in matters of economy, defence and politics...