Anthony Browne is the UK’s Children’s Laureate for 2009-2011. A friend recently brought his work to my attention through a Guardian article containing a gallery of Browne’s artwork. As I was going to the library that day, I decided to take out some of Browne’s books. Well, what a delight! I took out a stack and on arriving home, devoured them all with my daughter that very afternoon after she got home from school. She was already familiar with a few of the titles like Willy the Dreamer and Little Beauty because they were in her classroom, but a few other ones were new to her like the deliciously funny and parodic Piggybook. In fact, I read the latter, snickering aloud in the library. The story although funny enough isn’t the half of it, — with Browne’s work, it is really also all about the pictures. It was my daughter who pointed out to me how — as the Piggot family slowly turned into pigs — everything else in the house began to resemble pigs as well, right down to the wallpaper and the paintings on the wall, and gulp, even the moon! Clearly, my daughter was already better-versed on how to ‘read’ this man’s books! She was especially fond of Willy the Dreamer in which William (a gorilla) dreams of what he might become. The pleasure in the reading of this book for her was finding all the bananas in each picture — all very cleverly disguised. Two books of Browne’s that I was particularly taken by were The Tunnel and Through the Magic Mirror. Using two very symbolic items, Browne explores’ a siblings relationship in The Tunnel, while Through the Magic Mirror is about a boy who discovers through the mirror, an alternate and absurd world on a day when he is particularly fed up with everyone (including himself, my daughter added.) Browne’s books are a true visual delight and anyone familiar with painting will get a kick at all his pointed references to famous artists like Dali and Magritte in some of his books. You’d do well to seek out Browne’s books like I did and enjoy an evening or afternoon’s reading pleasure with your child.