My Mum Paperback – 6 Aug 2009
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"Each spread is a perfectly conceived whole, each picture demanding endless scrutiny . . . Original, unexpected, funny and typically Browne" (Julia Eccleshare Guardian)
"The pictures are a delight, an easy function of the ordinary with the surreal, painted with clear-eyed detail. Very witty, very true. Small children will love Mum and so will parents" (Sally Williams Independent)
"It is full of caprice and oddity and wit" (Kate Kellaway Observer)
"This book will find ready readers in Browne's many fans who will enjoy inter-textual fun in recognition of his trademark images" (Inis)
"A joy of a book, a celebration of mum's everywhere" (Carousel)
About the Author
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 Wizard, My Dad, Voices in the Park (winner of Kurt Maschler Award) and Zoo (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal).
In 2009, Anthony was appointed Children's Laureate, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the world of picture books. Anthony was also the first British winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, one of the highest international honours for illustration. His work has been widely exhibited and his books are published all over the world.
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It is a great tool for teaching ideas about perspective, my son had never imagined that people see things differently from him.
Also my son is able to understand focalisation and the difference between direct and indirect speech, something I didn't learn until reading Joyce for my English Lit degree!
There is so much to read in the illustrations that my son scrutinises every page trying to find new things. The illustrations are full of symbolism and again, this book is perfect to introduce ideas of symbolism to a child. He is now (without realising) anaylising the book by using his own ideas to work out what each symbol means. I did not even dream of teaching my son these literay techniques before I found this book but it makes it so easy to understand.
My son loves this book and really enjoys reading it, he does not realise that he is learning from it.
I cannot rate this book highly enough and will be buying more from Anthony Browne.