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John Burningham

John Burningham

  • 5 stars across 49 books
John Burningham was born in 1936. He studied illustration at the Central School of Art. His first children's book, Borka, was published in 1963, and it was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal as the best illustrated book of the year. John Burningham collaborated with Ian Fleming on Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, designing the model of the famous car. John Burningham lives in London with his wife Helen Oxenbury, also a well-known author and illustrator. Born on 27th April 1936, sadly John passed away, aged 82 on 4th January 2019.
1st June 2001

Mr Gumpy's Outing

One day Mr Gumpy decides to take a trip along the river in his boat but the children, the rabbit, the cat, the pig and l... MoreMr Gumpy's Outing

(12 reviews) Review
16th June 1994

Avocado Baby

The Hargraves want their new baby to grow up big and strong. But the puny mite will hardly eat a thing. One day Mrs Harg... MoreAvocado Baby

(7 reviews) Review
17th October 1991

Oi! Get Off Our Train

A little boy sets off on a round-the-world night train to dreamland with only his toy dog for company. But soon all sort... MoreOi! Get Off Our Train

(5 reviews) Review
15th October 1992

Come Away From The Water, Shirley

On a day trip to the seaside Mum and Dad settle down in their deckchairs to snooze the day away while for Shirley it is ... MoreCome Away From The Water, Shirley

(5 reviews) Review
4th March 1999

Borka: The Adventures of a Goose With No Feathers

Once upon a time there were two geese called Mr and Mrs Plumpster. Each Spring they returned to the marshes of their anc... MoreBorka: The Adventures of a Goose With No Feathers

(4 reviews) Review
15th October 1992

The Shopping Basket

Steven is sent out for groceries on to the mean street of the city with only a shopping basket for protection. There are... MoreThe Shopping Basket

(4 reviews) Review
2nd August 2018

Tug of War

Financial Times: 'gorgeously vibrant' Tortoise is on the hunt for a friend, but only encounters huge Elephant and Hippo,... MoreTug of War

(3 reviews) Review
20th January 1994

Would You Rather?

Would you rather drink snail squash or eat mashed worms? Help a witch make stew? Tickle a monkey? Or maybe - if you coul... MoreWould You Rather?

(3 reviews) Review
2nd June 2011

Mr Gumpy's Motor Car

It's a lovely day and Mr Gumpy decides to go for a ride in his motor car. But everyone else wants to come too! As the mo... MoreMr Gumpy's Motor Car

(3 reviews) Review
13th September 2010

Mouse House

(2 reviews) Review
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