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Voices in the Park

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  3,525 ratings  ·  744 reviews
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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Aug 14, 2011 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 ...more
Lisa Vegan
Dec 30, 2011 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.

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May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Readers Who Enjoy More Sophisticated Picture-Books and/or Visual Puzzles
A visit to the park is described by four different "voices" in this brilliant picture-book from British children's author and artist Anthony Browne, highlighting the importance of perspective, in shaping our experience, and the insights that can be gained, from acknowledging that reality is drawn from a wealth of such perspectives. As the reader progresses, she experiences the same events as seen by: a bossy mother, obsessed with respectability, and none too tolerant of others; her timid and ...more
Alice Ludlow
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Studied the amazingly detailed images in depth and it blew my mind the information you can find out. A beautiful take on how stories can be told. Also the story itself is one about children breaking down societal barriers when they make friends, demonstrating the purity and innocence of their beliefs. This should be treasured by all. Was the perfect way to end a long day of work.
Eoin Cody
Oct 05, 2011 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
Becca Edwards
Nov 10, 2015 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 ...more
Jo Birt
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book from 4 different perspectives, showing how even though all of the characters are in the same simple situation of a walk in the park there is a big difference in their emotions and feelings. We used this book to look closely into picture books to show the personalities of the characters and how this influences how they respond to the situation. This book also covers social class and how it affects the characters. Social class does not matter to the children, however, for the adults, ...more
Beccy Swanson
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Not just the beautiful illustrations which but the powerful message about truth, perspective and perception which is vital for children growing up today. Could work for a large age range thanks to the simple narration and engaging pictures, but had the potential for sophisticated use right up to year six. Each character could be hot-seated, or used in a "role on the wall", other characters' versions of events could be written, characters could write letters to each other after the end ...more
Sonia Hussain
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘Voices in the park’ by Anthony Browne is an interesting book for everyone of all ages. The story looks at four different voices of people from two families. There are two adults, one who is an upper class mother and the other who is an unemployed father and two children, one who is unhappy and lonely despite being part of a middle class family and a girl who might be lower class yet spreads her happiness and joy to her dad and the boy. It indicates that there are different social classes ...more
Katie John
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
On first read of this book I highly disliked it. However, the more I analysed the illustrations and looked deeper into the meaning of the book I was able to relate to it on a level I didn't think I would. This enabled me to understand the reasoning behind the plot, structure, characters and illustrations which allowed me to see deeper the true message behind it. This has defiantly taught me not to judge a book at first read.
Amy Beckett
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I found this book so interesting and it has so much depth, despite being a very simplistic day out to the park had by four different characters. I had to re-read this one to really gather a clearer idea of the different points of view, I even found myself missing some details, but once I had re-read it my knowledge and understanding of the text just grew and grew. Which is highly the purpose of this text: to gather an understanding of different experiences had by the characters, rather than ...more
Ben Hagan
I really enjoyed reading this book in the latest English seminar. I like the use of 4 different voices that reflect their walk in the park, this was also shown by the different fonts for each 'voice.'
After learning about the Moebius pictures codes in the session, I was able to look deeper into the picture to analyse further thoughts and feelings by looking at size, direction, proportion, colour, etc. By doing this, I was able to notice that each 'voice' viewed the park differently in terms of
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I read it twice. First, without focusing on the pictures, and then with image analysis, and i realized how it's amazing.
I highly recommend it for everyone to read it
Amy Brown
May 31, 2015 rated it liked it
A bit sad, but delivered in an interesting and unique way.
Iqra Fiaz
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a collection of experiences of characters going to the park on the same day. Whilst the story is told one perspective at a time, the characters are linked through the illustrations that support the text in this picturebook. Initially I read the book and didn't realise the perspectives were linked until I noticed that two of the other characters had met and where doing the same activities from their own perspectives, in the illustration of a third character's perspective.

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Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book contains four different characters. As the story introduces each character, their perceptions are reflected in the changing landscapes and seasons. These are also emphasised by each character having an individual font. These separate narrative voices explain their story and how they see things compared to how the other characters perceive situations that are ultimately the same as everyone else’s. Overall, It is told from different perspectives, so in other words the point of view of all ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Voices in the park is a different type of story. This story tells the tale of many different people but the one thing they all have in common, is that it starts at the park. This book shows the different emotions of each character perfectly. This is a light-hearted tale that draws the reader in because of the many different voices. The words in the story differ from whoever is talking which helps the reader read it in a different voice. The words are also easy so it would be perfect for a ...more
Nicole Andaloro
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Brittany Sammons
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Voices in the Park is a unique story that tells about an event from four different perspectives: A rigid mother, a timid boy, a tired father and a zealous girl. Instead of humans, all four main characters are gorillas with human-like qualities. All four individuals visit a local park, but how they view their times is completely unique.

I am hoping to use this book in my classroom to discuss point of view. It is important to have students analyze the perspectives of others, and this book allows
Faye Thompson
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As with all the work of Anthony Browne I really enjoyed this well written book which is good for looking at perspectives and how the same story can be interpreted in different ways, and how different situations mean entirely different things, depending on the individual. This book cleverly portrays the characters as gorillas, rather than humans which I feel is important in terms of reader empathy throughout as there are no pre-conceptions based on things such as race, class or gender. This ...more
Ellie Labbett
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Social class is quite a complicated topic to broach with children, and is not something that I have particularly encountered when reading children's literature. In using four different characters to tell the story, Browne encapsulates how someone's social standing/class can blur their point of view and overwhelm their experience. Interestingly, social class does not matter to the two characters that are children. This could lead to debate about where social class has come from, whether it ...more
Christina Demmert
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: educ-542
This is a beautiful book. This book explores various perspectives of a visit to the park. Anthony Browne uses colorful, beautiful illustrations to enhance the story and ad relevant information. This story deals with complex issues and asks the reader to infer about what is happening to each of the characters. This picture book would be great to use in class to teach perspective and tone. Each character shares their perspective and Browne uses the character's voice, thoughts and uses the font to ...more
Eleanor Abbott
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While using this book to decode pictures it expresses some great explanations for the traits and personalities of the characters. The book highlights the differences between social classes through listening to 4 different perspectives. It follows a lovely short story of a simplistic and relatable walk in the park that would be great to look at with a KS2 class. This is a really great book to use when looking at writing narratives from different points of view and examining the difference in ...more
Laura Stefanovic
This book is a great story to be read as a whole class reading.

Sometimes if you are reading in your head, you might not understand fully what is going on and who is saying what, however, in this book if the teacher reads the book using different voices, it allows children to differentiate between the voices and engage in what might seem like a simple story, actually unravel into being a little strange but exciting for young children to be a part of.
Daniel Barham
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great example, for children, of how the same situation can be viewed in so many different ways. A great perspective read! Each active 'voice' sheds a very different light on a simple walk in the park. It will support children with being sensitive, e.g. the character that is too depressed to go for a walk and find a job.

Children will further develop by creating their own situations, as read by different characters at the scene. Each
Oct 19, 2018 added it
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An interesting book about four different characters telling a story of a walk in the same park and the interactions between them. The story also shows, through the illustrations, some stark differences between the characters (social class and age). Could be a useful starting point to teach how it's possible to alter a story by using different characters perspectives.
Elizabeth Jamieson
A fantastic picture book which can be used across key stage one and two. The illustrations are so powerful and tell the story in much more detail than the words could.

Could produce fantastic writing from upper key stage two using this book after shared writing with the children to collect ideas.
Thomas Franklin
Interesting picture book with good use of the different perspectives of the characters. Good use of colour to show mood and personalities of the different characters. Each of the fonts, show the characters in a different way.
Hannah Higson
Book about 4 different people who go to the park. We hear their thoughts.
Great for analysing pictures
Adeline Gravell
A great book written in different perspectives, which really makes you think about the different characters and their point of view!
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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.