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Voices in the Park

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Four different voices tell their own versions of the same walk in the park. The radically different perspectives give a fascinating depth to this simple story which explores many of the author’s key themes, such as alienation, friendship and the bizarre amid the mundane.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published December 19th 2001 by DK Children (first published September 15th 1998)
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Carina Mcdonagh
Sep 21, 2011 Carina Mcdonagh rated it it was amazing
'Voices in the park' by Anthony Browne is a picture book with a difference. It includes four separate narrative voices, which are emphasised by each having an individual font and is based around an outing to the park. Both of the children and the parents of the children, are given voices and although on the surface the story appears simple it is actually quite complex as it explores each of the character's individual feelings and personalities. It also explores quite adult issues such as unemplo ...more
Becca Edwards
Nov 10, 2015 Becca Edwards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The illustrations in this story are so clever, allowing the reader to understand the characters in more depth, alongside the text. I really appreciate the lesson behind the story, showing that money does not always equal happiness. The pictures in this book alone would create a brilliant point of discussion in the classroom, encouraging children to look carefully at the messages the pictures are showing us, and may point out things that may not be obvious when just glancing at the pictures the f ...more
Eoin Cody
Oct 05, 2011 Eoin Cody rated it really liked it
“Voices in the Park” is a very well written picture book for children. This book written by Anthony Browne allows the reader to see life through four different characters within this story.
The story starts with an upper-class mother and son who walk their dog to the park and meet other people who are depicted as coming from a lower class status. What I found interesting within the story is that this can be a realistic occurrence that can happen daily. I consider the characters can also relate to
Lisa Vegan
Jan 10, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
From the cover illustration and from what I’d read about the story, I thought I’d love this book, but I have mixed feelings about it.

I really didn’t enjoy the choice to make the “people” depicted as monkeys/apes?? The one place where it worked for me and that gave me a good laugh was on the sign of the homeless panhandler.

What I did like were the four voices, the four separate perspectives. Woman, man, boy, girl, all different in the (basically) identical setting.

Re the illustrations I adored t
Louise Bunting
Dec 20, 2012 Louise Bunting rated it really liked it
Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne is an interesting book which follows four different narrative voices describing their different perspectives of a walk in the park. The 4 characters, a wealthy woman, an unemployed man, the woman’s lonely son and the man’s happy daughter, are pictured as gorillas with anthropomorphistic traits. This picture book, although on first glance appearing relatively simple, explores the character’s feelings and personalities, and indirectly addresses some adult theme ...more
Shane Prevosto
May 14, 2012 Shane Prevosto rated it really liked it
Voices in the Park
Author: Anthony Browne
Illustrator: Anthony Browne
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: DK Children
Pages: 32
Developmental age: 7 years old
Picture Book
Themes: socio-economic, view points, family,
Synopsis: Voices in the Park is written in the view points of four different people telling their side of the same event. Each one has their own tone and own weather and season.

Personal response: Out of all the books I read for class this one is my favorite. I thought the story was interesting with a
Sep 20, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I found this book incredibly depressing, yet extremely engaging. I love how the story is told from each characters point of view. Not only that, but the illustrations change to mirror the characters' attitude and the font of the text changes with each character, which seems to reflect something about their social status. The father and daughter, who are clearly from a less affluent area, have slanted, messy, somewhat obtrusive text. The father and daughter have much bolder text than the mother a ...more
Sep 20, 2011 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The story is told from four different voices. Prejudice and the difference between social classes was an underlying theme that I kept thinking about.

The illustrations in Voices in the Park really made me think. I am still wondering about a few things that I saw. Why does the dad in the second voice have human hands, but not a human face? At the end of the first voice, the tree is on fire in the background. I'm thinking that it has something to do how angry the mother is feelin
Feb 22, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
“Voices in the Park” is my favorite Browne book so far. There are four voices or perspectives of four different characters who are telling the same story about their trip to the park, although there experiences were different. Text and images work very well together, both enhanced the story. When it comes to the text not only does convey the tone of each voice or character, such as the uptight personality of Charles’s mother, but the font of the text is different for each character in a way the ...more
Jan 16, 2013 Ebony rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. The author uses four different perspectives to tell the story a mother and her child and a pedigree dog (middle class) and a father and child and mongrel dog ( working class) the class divide is not challenged head on, but the illustrations and language used show predjudice. The families each go to the park to walk their dogs, it explores their thoughts and feelings. In the middle class mothers view she goes to the park but then says they have to leave because her so ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Frank rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
In this postmodern picturebook, Browne tells the story of two children and two adults as they each proceed on an excursion to a neighborhood park. Using multiple narrators, Browne allows the reader insights into each character's perspective on the world as told through their eyes and revealed in their opinions about the other characters and the setting. This story is a retold version of an earlier picturebook by Browne entitled A Walk in the Park. The way the story is structured allows Browne to ...more
Nov 19, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, school
Only an adult or young adult notices the true genius of this book. When you're a child a lot misses your eye. But as you get older and reread or watch your favourite childhood movies again you pick up on a lot. I analysed this in English class as a visual literacy lesson. There's more to it than meets the eye and the words. A great read for adults and children. The saying "A picture tells a thousand words couldn't be more true here"
Denise Choate
Nov 29, 2009 Denise Choate rated it really liked it
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Hannah Mary
Nov 10, 2015 Hannah Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, picturebooks
In depth illustration that can really be analysed and investigated. It gives a lot away about the characters and how the pictures want the characters to be portrayed. Words of the story I didn't enjoy as much as reading the pictures.
Olivia Lavelle
Feb 14, 2012 Olivia Lavelle rated it liked it
Voices in the Park by Anthony Brown had an artful way in creating his illustrations. For example, there are four different points of view within this book that represents different feelings and moods. He uses the different fonts, colors and backgrounds to separate the differences between the four characters. We have Charlie who is a depressed boy with an arrogant mother, and Smudge who is happy with her depressed father. There were quite a few symbolic meanings throughout the book, especially wi ...more
Nov 12, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michelle by: Leslie Basky
Great use of seeing POV from 4 different characters. Everyone has a story to be told and a different way of seeing things. This was a great example this.
Jun 06, 2012 Naz rated it really liked it
This book is a must read for both adults and children. The story is about a trip to the same park that is seen through the perspectives of four very different people. The fantastic illustrations and the different sized fonts help set the different emotions of the four unique voices. This book is a very good resource to use to inspire children to start poetry or description writing. The style and language used for each voice and the changes in the illustrations along with the emotions can also be ...more
Rosa Mitchell
Nov 10, 2015 Rosa Mitchell rated it really liked it
Really good for picture book analysis and guided reading sessions - Characterisation!
Jemma Routledge
Nov 20, 2015 Jemma Routledge rated it it was amazing
Fantastic for close reading. The pictures are so detailed and have so much to find in them.
Amy Brown
May 31, 2015 Amy Brown rated it liked it
A bit sad, but delivered in an interesting and unique way.
Lauren White
Apr 15, 2015 Lauren White rated it really liked it
good for grades 3-5. POV
Laura Brower
Sep 22, 2016 Laura Brower rated it really liked it
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Browne delivers a telling tale that takes place in a fictional city where apes walk, talk, dress and act like humans. Through this unique angle, he delivers a story about a trip to the park, focusing in on numerous perspectives. For instance, the story begins with the uppity mom’s point of view as she walks her son and dog to the park. Browne uses distinct dialogue for the mother when he writes,“When we arrived at the park, I let Victoria off her lead. Immediately, some scruff
May 17, 2016 Marina rated it it was amazing
This is a very nice story to read to children! Or better yet they could just read it themselves as even the illustrations alone are worth a million words!!!
It is a story that depicts how human beings tend to cling to social classes, represented by the gorillas. Whereas their children are totally oblivious to this fact and would just love to have fun and enjoy their time. Yet, some of them would be burdened, living under their parents' shadows, so to speak, because of the social classes differenc
Marina Barajas
"Voices in the Park" written by Anthony Browne, is a story about two families, and their dogs, going to the park. The families consist of an unemployed father, his daughter, Smudge, a young boy named Charlie and his mother that appears to be well off. The families in this story are not human, they are gorillas, not allowing ethnicity and culture to stand in the way of relating to the story.

Whether it be in the child's own home, in the home of their friends, or in one presented in their favorite
Maria Roman
Mar 09, 2016 Maria Roman rated it it was amazing
Voices in the Park is a postmodern picture book written by Anthony Browne. It is considered a postmodern picture book because of its multiple plot organization. The story describes four different people and their individual perspectives while interacting with one another, in some way, at the park. We are introduced to a bossy woman, a sad man, a lonely boy, a young girl and two dogs. The story begins through the eyes of the bossy, somewhat snooty, woman. She goes to the park with her son, Charle ...more
Taryn Barnstead
Feb 18, 2016 Taryn Barnstead rated it really liked it
Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne is an unusual book that tells the story about a walk in the park by four different voices, or people’s perspectives. Each voice depicts their trip in the park different from the next, sharing their own personal experiences and odd things that happen to come their way or people they meet. Each voice shows how different characters react to their environment and other civilians (monkeys) around. Two things they all have in common are the park visit and they all ...more
Gwendolyn Herman
Feb 18, 2016 Gwendolyn Herman rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Voices in the Park is about different people at the park, and is told from all four of their perspectives. The first voice is the snobby upperclass mother gorilla who doesn't like her son associating with others not of the same socioeconomic class. The second is a unemployed father is is happy to be distracted from his misery by his cheery daughter. The third voice is the snobby mother's son, Charles. Charles is lonely and wishes he could have fun like his dog and another dog are having. Then he ...more
Karen C.
Feb 18, 2016 Karen C. rated it it was amazing
The book "Voices in the Park" by Anthony Browne turns a simple afternoon trip to a park for two families into something complex but beautifully put together.Browne's book takes on the format of a post modern book by creating a non sequential storyline that is made up of multiple plots. The book is set up into 4 voices, so that the reader can see how every character's experience was when they visited the park.The reader is first introduced to one family, a mother, a son, and a "pedigree Labrador" ...more
Michelle Hessler
In Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne, four characters’ lives are intertwined and connected throughout the one story. The story begins with a mom and a son who are taking their dog on a walk to the park. The mother is very protective over her son and their dog. When they got to the park the little boy Charles meets a young girl named Smudge. When told from the mother’s perspective this young girl is not one she wants her son to be around so they leave the park and head home, both silent on the ...more
Ellen Tischendorf
Feb 15, 2016 Ellen Tischendorf rated it it was amazing
In this postmodern book, the same story is told by four different characters through their own unique perspectives. It starts out with the mom, talking about taking her son and dog to the park. She sees her dog playing with another dog, and her son playing with a little girl and gets angry so they leave the park. Then, the story is told by a father who goes to the park with his daughter and dog. The next voice is the son of the first voice, the mom. He talks about meeting the little girl and pla ...more
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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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