How Do You Feel?

How Do You Feel?
Anthony Browne
Reviewed by Andy Murray
Walker
Thu, 03/11/2011
9781406330175
£9.99

Outgoing Children's Laureate Anthony Browne once again proves his mettle by making an enormous virtue of simplicity.

The notion of emotions can be a tricky one to relay to little ones, so this keeps things nice and uncluttered. A young chimp demonstrates a range of feelings including happy, confident, angry and lonely. The captions are to the point, and really it stands or falls on the expressiveness of the illustrations. Thankfully that's Browne's forte.
 
His work has 
the knack of being sharp, colourful and far more detailed than it first appears. So hyper-real it verges on the dream-like, it's superior stuff.  Never as bland or as worthy as much of its ilk, then, this may well help toddlers to articulate their feelings - and not just the nice, easy ones.
 

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