From Publishers Weekly, 6/9/2009
Anthony Browne has been appointed the sixth Children’s Laureate in the U.K. Browne, who won the 2000 Hans Christian Andersen Medal, is only the second illustrator chosen as Children’s Laureate. The two-year position recognizes the contribution an individual has made to children and reading.
Browne’s trademarks include his iconic great ape characters. Gorilla, which won both the Kate Greenaway and the Kurt Maschler Medals in the U.K. and the New York Times Best Illustrated and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in the U.S., while Willy the Wimp and its sequels have become widely popular. His illustrations are instantly recognizable for their witty social observations, their surrealist visual references and their ability to show that picture books need not be confined to pre-readers.
Browne’s tenure will see him raising the profile of picture books to children of all ages and promoting the importance of illustrators’ work as art.