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John Burningham - Author


John Burningham studied illustration and graphic design at the Central School of Art, graduating with distinction in 1959. Many illustration commissions followed including iconic posters for London Transport, before the publication of Borka: the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers, John’s first book for children (Cape, 1963) which won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration and heralded the beginning of an extraordinary career. John Burningham has since written and illustrated over thirty picture books, that have been translated and distributed all over the world. These feature his classic and much loved children’s books including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, by Ian Fleming (Jonathan Cape, 1964); Mr Gumpy’s Outing (Jonathan Cape, 1970) also awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal; Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (Jonathan Cape, 1972); The Shopping Basket (Random House, 1980); The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Penguin/Puffin, 1983); Granpa (Jonathan Cape, 1984) later made into an animated film and Oi! Get off our Train (Jonathan Cape, 1989) and various books for adults England (Jonathan Cape, 1992); France (Jonathan Cape, 1998); The Time of Your Life (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2002) and When We Were Young (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2004).

Tug of War was republished in 2012, and a special edition of Borka, celebrating 50 years in print, was published in June 2013. Picnic appeared in the autumn of 2013 and The Way to the Zoo was published in the UK in 2014. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is celebrating its 50th year in print with a limited edition in hardback to be published in 2015.

John is married to the illustrator, Helen Oxenbury. They have three children, three grandchildren and a dog named Miles. They live in London.

Featured Books, with extracts, by John Burningham

Motor Miles by John Burningham
Motor Miles
John Burningham
There’s a perfect simplicity to this book, the work of a picture book genius. Miles is a difficult dog, won’t come when called, doesn’t like walks or other dogs, barks too much. The only thing he does like, in fact,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Motor Miles by John Burningham
Motor Miles
John Burningham
October 2016 Book of the Month There’s a perfect simplicity to this book, the work of a picture book genius. Miles is a difficult dog, won’t come when called, doesn’t like walks or other dogs, barks too much. The only...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2016
The Way to the Zoo by John Burningham
The Way to the Zoo
John Burningham
Award-winning John Burningham tells a touching story of a little girl and the special friends she makes in the night time. When Sylvie finds a door in her bedroom she discovers a secret passage to her very own zoo full...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
The Way to the Zoo by John Burningham
The Way to the Zoo
John Burningham
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - April 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning John Burningham tells a touching story of a little girl and the special friends she makes in the night time. When Sylvie finds a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/04/2014
There's Going to be a Baby by John Burningham
There's Going to be a Baby
John Burningham
Award-winning illustrators John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury have teamed up to create this stunning and touching story about the excitement and anxiety surrounding the arrival of a new baby in the family. Funny, kind and thoughtful about the many different...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2011
Mr Gumpy's Motor Car Book and CD by John Burningham
Mr Gumpy's Motor Car Book and CD
John Burningham
Award-winning illustrator John Burningham’s classic adventure of a delightful day’s jaunt in a car. It is a beautiful summer’s day when Mr Gumpy decides to set off in his car. The children and all the animals want to join him....
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2011
There's Going to be a Baby by John Burningham
There's Going to be a Baby
John Burningham
Award-winning husband and wife John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury have teamed up in this wonderful picture book which delicately captures the complex and sometimes overpowering feelings of an older sibling waiting for the arrival of a new baby. John Burningham’s...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/10/2010
Borka: The Adventure of a Goose with No Feathers by John Burningham
Borka: The Adventure of a Goose with No Feathers
John Burningham
Greenaway winner in 1963. John Burningham's classic first picture book, Borka: The Adventures of a Goose with no Feathers is somewhat reminiscent of the Ugly Duckling story and like that story there is an eventual happy ending. Together the illustrations...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/03/2003
Mr Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham
Mr Gumpy's Outing
John Burningham
Kind Mr Gumpy lets all the animals join him on his boat for a lovely trip down the river. It looks like a perfect day out. But animals don’t always know how to behave and soon Mr Gumpy finds he’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2001
Avocado Baby by John Burningham
Avocado Baby
John Burningham
This story tells about the Hargraves baby, who is born into a very weak family but grows super-strong once its mother begins feeding it mashed avocado.
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/1994

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