The skillful use of Anthony The color, pattern, and background details subtly convey an exquisite empathy for his lonely and sensitive childhood protagonists (humans and apes). Gorillas appear in many of his books. He says: ‘I am fascinated by them and the contrast they represent: their enormous strength and gentleness. They are considered very ferocious creatures and they are not.‘.
Anthony He was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK on September 11, 1946 and grew up near Halifax. Inspired by his father, he was interested in art and drawing from an early age.
When he left school, he attended Leeds Art College, graduating with a degree in graphic arts in 1967. Before turning to children’s books full-time, he worked as a medical illustrator for three years and illustrated greeting cards for Gordon Fraser in the UK for 15 years.
Anthony had his first book, Through the Magic Mirror, published in 1976, and other successful books followed. Gorilla, published in 1983, won an unprecedented number of awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Emil / Kurt Maschler Award, the New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and the Boston Globe Book Award. It is now universally accepted as a classic. One of his most beloved characters is the chimpanzee, Willy, which has appeared in Willy the Wimp, Willy the Champ, Willy and Hugh Y Willy the wizard.
Most recently, he was an illustrator-in-residence at the Tate museum. The Shape Game drew on his experiences from this time and was shortlisted for the 2004 Kate Greenaway Award. It has also been voted Book of Honor in the United States Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature.
Anthony He received an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Kingston University in 2005. His work has been widely exhibited and his books are published around the world.
During his time as a Children’s Laureate, Anthony promoted the importance of picture books and children’s illustration. He was eager to encourage children to be creative and use their imaginations, and to support the development of visual and verbal literacy.
Then created the project The Picture Book: a collaboration between Seven Stories and Action for Children. Works of art produced by some of the 400 children who participated were displayed in an exhibition. There were also creative workshops for children. Anthony He also developed the game in exceptionally fun ways for children to play at home or in the classroom.