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  • Published: 1 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9780552565196
  • Imprint: Picture Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $16.99

What If...?

An enchanting new picture book from master storyteller and former Children's Laureate, Anthony Browne.

Joe is nervous about his first big party, and as Mum walks him along the darkening street to his friend’s house, his imagination starts to run wild. They search for the right place, looking through the windows, wondering "What if...?" while making surprising discoveries along the way.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9780552565196
  • Imprint: Picture Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $16.99

About the Author

Anthony Browne

Anthony Browne is the acclaimed author and illustrator of such prize-winning bestsellers as Gorilla (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Kurt Maschler Award), Willy the Wizard, My Dad, Voices in the Park (winner of Kurt Maschler Award) and Zoo (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal).

In 2009, Anthony was appointed Children's Laureate, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the world of picture books. Anthony was also the first British winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, one of the highest international honours for illustration. His work has been widely exhibited and his books are published all over the world.

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Praise for What If...?

“Former Children's Laureate Browne consistently produces visually stunning and emotionally subtle books, and this is no exception...Tender, funny, reassuring and highly original, this is a book to share and cherish. Browne is, quite simply, a genius”

Daily Mail

“Anthony Browne is the master of reassuring picturebooks about anxiety”

Nicolette Jones, Children's Book of the Week, The Sunday Times

“It's a lovely read, especially if you have a young child who tends to worry about things that he or she has never experienced before. It's a very visual book with ... lots of illustrations teeming with details to discover with your child.”

Madhouse Family Reviews blog

“Skilfully written and illustrated ... Very reassuring and superbly told, this story leaves you wanting more - maybe for first visits to the dentist, first day at school, swimming lessons and so on.”

Early Years Educator

“A new Anthony Browne book is always a treat. Browne is the sort of author-illustrator who knows exactly how to describe the feelings a child goes through in ordinary everyday life, then picture them allegorically in ways that children just "get"... A fantastic romp...This is a truly special book”

Read it, Daddy blog

“Fantastic illustrations”

Bookwitch blog

“Anthony Browne has an unique way of looking at the world which really makes the reader think - there are many layers to his stories which make them equally enjoyable for children and adults.”

Parents in Touch

“A good book for children who display some degree of anxiety at social occasions.”


“A real treat for Anthony Browne's fans... a nice and useful book which will help children (and their parents) get rid of any pre-party fears.”

Marzena Currie, The School Librarian

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