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3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  196 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
When Joseph's mother comes home, says his father, things are going to change. And almost at once they do - in the weirdest of ways . . .
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 25th 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published February 27th 1991)
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Oct 27, 2011 Shereil rated it liked it
This book is about a young boy who is at home waiting for a big change that his father told him will come when he returns home. While he waits he imagines a number of different objects around the house are various animals instead. He wonders and wonders and in the end the big change turns out to be a new born baby, his little sister. I thought this book was very interesting the way the pictures were so well turned from everyday objects to animals. I think it really showed the vast imagination of ...more
Fatheha Begum
Jan 18, 2013 Fatheha Begum rated it really liked it
Another Anthony Browne's surreal book,with great imagery and quirky pictures.This book is about a young boy who is waiting for something big to change.His father had told him that something will change before he left the the boy waits in the house alone,he feels everything changes around him. The boy happens to imagine that objects around they house change into animals and other things...
But what is actually going to change?What did the father mean by change?is the boy imagining things
Jacqueline Field
Dec 18, 2012 Jacqueline Field rated it liked it
Changes By Anthony Browne

Joseph is a boy who lives with his mother and father. When Joseph is at home one day he tells Joseph that things are going to change when his mother gets home. His father left the house so while he was gone Joseph decided to explore all his favourite and familiar places. He looked in the kitchen and couldn't see any change, he looked in the living room, his bedroom and even outside in the garden but everything seemed the same to him. Joseph couldn't understand what his f
Shanaz Khan
Sep 21, 2011 Shanaz Khan rated it really liked it
This book is about a boy called Joseph who notices changes around his home. It starts off with Joseph noticing something strange about the kettle, the picture that represents the kettle has a cats tail coming out from the side. As the story goes on Joseph walks around the house and outside to see what he can understand about his father stating that ‘things are going to change’.

There are various picture to demonstrate changes in the house. The pictures would appear funny to a young reader howeve
Oct 29, 2015 JINA YU rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
The plot of this story follows a typical structure such as beginning, middle, and end. Although many stories start when the protagonists leave their home, this story begins with the change of the main character’s situation. As everything goes complicate by changing their shapes, the story goes to its highest point. When the boy turns off the light in order not to see any other changes, it is the climax in this story. Parents’ homecoming with a new baby brings a resolution and the story has conso ...more
May 22, 2008 Becky rated it liked it
Recommends it for: kids age 8-10 who don't spook easily!
Shelves: children-and-ya
A young boy at home alone all day watches ordinary household objects turn into animals, body parts, and all manner of strange things. Before leaving the boy at home, his father (who, we're told, is going to pick up the boy's mother) told him everything was going to change.

Throughout the spare text, the boy watches the outlandish metamorphoses taking place around him and wonders, "Is this what my father meant?"

Finally, the boy's parents return home. They've been at the hospital, and the big chang
Lauren Grosch
Mar 14, 2016 Lauren Grosch rated it it was amazing
Changes made me feel really uncomfortable at first. Joseph's dad tells him that things are going to change when his mom gets home. Then he notices that the kettle looks like a cat, a shoe turns into a bird, the couch turns into an alligator and the chair turns into a gorilla. Things don't stop there though. The cat's tail turns into a snake and the alligators tail turns into a banana. Joseph decides he should go outside. Things seem normal at first but his soccer ball turns into an egg, his bike ...more
Jonathan Dowell
Mar 06, 2012 Jonathan Dowell rated it really liked it
This book demonstrates the true power of building up tension. Throughout, Browne illustrates absurd and fantastical objects such as a cat combined with a kettle (a cattle), a bird combined with a shoe, a monkey combined with a chair, and an alligator combined with a banana. Especially after reading books with similar themes, such as Chris Van Allsburg's "Jumanji", the reader is left wondering what the cause of all this madness is because humans, as a general rule, tend to prefer order and reason ...more
Audra Sein
Oct 01, 2013 Audra Sein rated it really liked it
Changes is a picture book written and illustrated by Anthony Browne.

It tells the story of Joseph Kaye who is left to wonder what his father meant when he told Joesph that "things were going to change" as he left to go pick up Joseph's mother.

The illustrations depict the wild imaginings of Joseph as he tries to understand what his dad meant by "things were going to change." He knows that things would be changing...but what things? "Things" could refer to absolutely anything. The surreal nature
Livash Ramduth
Jun 22, 2013 Livash Ramduth rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic story describing the familiar change most children will go through, getting the news that they are going to be a brother or sister however it is told from the perspective of the child. it begins with the dad leaving the house explaining to the boy that 'things will be change upon his return' - this sparks a great deal of perceived changes around the house and garden for the boy. He see's sofa's change to gorillas, a kettle to a cat and even rope turned into an elephant’s trun ...more
Apr 14, 2010 Debbie rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens-books
When mom comes home there will be change ! The boy is seemingly alone all day wondering what this change may be. He imagines cats, snakes, gorillas etc all around the house and garden. He sees familiar things take on a new appearance and then his mom and dad come home and reveal that he has a new brother. Change it would seem can be scary for a child and there is no greater change to family life than the addition of a new brother or sister. I understand that well but I dont think this book deals ...more
Morgan Flaherty
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Mi Ngo
Feb 14, 2015 Mi Ngo rated it liked it
Joseph is anxious as he awaits his father while his picks up Joseph's mother. He told Joseph that things were going to change. Joseph begins to see every day objects change into animals like gorillas and birds, thinking that the animals would be a part of those changes his father talked about. This story tells of a young boy that has a great imagination as he doesn't know about the arrival of his new sibling.

I couldn't really get into this story that much. It didn't seem realistic to me that a f
Apr 22, 2012 Asma rated it really liked it
Changes by Anthony Browne is an interesting book. It deals with the concept of change or something new or unknown. It is about a boy called Joseph who can’t quite work out what is different. His dad mentioned to him earlier that things are going to change so he spends the whole day trying to work out what it is. In the end he finds out that what actually changed was that he has a new baby sister.

What is great about this book is that it makes children think and realize that change is always happe
Oct 06, 2011 Akilah rated it really liked it
"Things are going to change" said Joseph's father and that is exactly what happened. Joseph witnesses a variety of things in his household that were not what they use to be. Cats, gorillas and other animals appeared in Joseph's house which was quite strange.
Nonetheless, as the story progresses, the change that Joseph's father was referring to was his new baby sister!
To an extent, this is a relatable story as many boys and girls are introduced to new editions of their families and will need to e
Jan 14, 2014 Fiona rated it liked it
Shelves: pgce
'Changes', is a picture book which is written and illustrated by Anthony Browne. The book is surreal to say the least. The story starts off with a young boy whose father is about to leave the house and his father announces to the child that there is going to be some changes. Instantly the child's mind begins to wander and he begins to notice very odd goings on. Because of what his father says Joseph spends the whole day trying to work out what it is? In the end he finds out that what actually ch ...more
Logan Spears
Changes by Anthony Browne was a great story about a young boys curiosity. He was told by his father things were changing and left it at that. The young boy Joseph was trying to find out what he meant by changes by looking at everything around him. He started imagining subtle changes in everyday objects because he was searching for what his father meant by changes. When the rest of his family came home he finally realized what he meant when he met his baby sister. The illustrations did a fabulous ...more
Elizabeth Smitheram
I enjoyed this book. it was an easy read with great, colorful pictures. The storyline is about a boy whose father leaves and tells him "things are going to change". The boy starts imagining everything in his house turning into animals, or foods-- because he thinks this is the change that his father is talking about. But his father comes home he is holding a new baby! Then, the boy realizes that the baby is the change his father is talking about. I think this book would be great for elementary st ...more
Aug 14, 2011 Samantha rated it did not like it
This book deals with a child imagining the changes that are going to occur with the arrival of a new sibling.

I didnt like this book at all, and my little one didn't have any enthusiasm for it either.
In short i dont think it deals with the subject matter very well, the child has been left home alone with no idea what is going on. He's basically imagining all kinds of scary scenarios and is dealing with it all alone.
If i was pregnant this definately wouldn't be the book i chose to read to my son!
Sarah Federspiel
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Aileen Galaz
Sep 30, 2015 Aileen Galaz rated it liked it
This portrait book has a creative story line. This book is really big with a lot of white space in it. The lettering is simple and has a bigger font on white space. The illustrations are done in a way that makes it all look very real. They colors are not very bold or bright but they are very real. He also created a lot of shadows in the illustrations as he lets us into our main character's imagination. The colors do, however, become a lot brighter when the baby sister and his parents get home an ...more
Aug 25, 2009 Susie rated it it was ok
I read some really great books right before this one, so maybe that's why it didn't impress me as being that great. Or maybe it's the illustrations, they weren't my favorite so far and I'm finding that can make or break a book. I commend the author for trying to show how change seems so foreign that we imagine things to be greater and more disruptive than they are and that for children this is especially true.
Jan 09, 2012 Fameeda rated it liked it
This book is about a boy called Joseph who was told by his father one morning that things are going to change. He did not know what his father meant so he started seeing things like a kettle made from a cat and a crocodile sofa! At the end of the book his father comes home with Joseph's new baby sister. I feel this book is a little bizarre but it allows children to use their imagination and would be a good 'carpet time' read.
Mckayla Pietrowski
This book would be a great one to read to the class and have them guess what the big change is. I really liked it because it kept me on my toes the whole time I was reading it. It also got my imagination going, I thought they were moving. The ending was so cute when he finds out he gets a new baby sister . The illustrations weren't my favorite, think they looked messy almost but I still would recomend this book.
Sep 12, 2012 Leah rated it it was ok
This book is about a young boy who is waiting for something big to change because his father said there was something to expect when he comes home. As the day goes on, objects around they house change into animals and other things... until he father comes home... Hmmm?
Cute story for 3-5 grade students!
Jun 23, 2015 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
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Oct 19, 2013 Brandy rated it it was amazing
Spent part of the day yesterday discovering a whole stack of Anthony Browne books I didn't know existed (I first loved his work in Gorilla, which was a gem I found in the now sadly gone discount bookstore Afterwords in Ann Arbor). I think the illustrations in this one were my favorite.
Oct 09, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A young boy is warned by his father that things are about to change. As the boy ponders the remark, he notices the tea kettle turn into a cat, a gorilla appear from an armchair, and other bizarre optical illusions. Fun twist at the end.
Jul 19, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
When young Joseph's father said, "Things are going to change," Joseph sees all sorts of surreal changes happen in his home. I love Anthony Browne's books and this one is also fun and imaginative. The large size of this book really draws you in to the great illustrations.
Melinda Trotter
Dec 03, 2016 Melinda Trotter rated it it was amazing
Father says things are going to change and goes to pick up mother. The kid sees objects in start coming to life like a surreal experience. The illustrations are almost like photographs. This would be a good book for expanding families.
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Anthony Browne, a Hans Christian Andersen Medalist, is the author-illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including SILLY BILLY and LITTLE BEAUTY. He lives in Kent, England.
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