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  • 4 stars across 46 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.
    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... More

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    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... More

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    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... More

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    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... More

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    1st April 2015

    The Way to the Zoo

    In this classic child's fantasy featuring John Burningham's delightfully expressive artwork, an unlocked door leads to p... More

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    4th March 1999

    Simp

    Simp is a small, fat, ugly dog. Nobody loves her and she hasn't got a home, so she sets out in search of a friend and fi... More

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    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... More

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    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 ... More

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    2nd August 2018

    More Would You Rather

    Would you rather have breakfast with bears, lunch with a lion or dinner with ducks? Would you like to fly with the peli... More

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    25th July 2018

    Tug of War

    Financial Times: 'gorgeously vibrant' Tortoise is on the hunt for a friend, but only encounters huge Elephant an... More

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