Mr Gumpy's Motor Car Book and CD by John Burningham

Mr Gumpy's Motor Car Book and CD

Written by John Burningham
Part of the Mr Gumpy Series

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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. At first, even though it is a bit of a squash, everything goes brilliantly. But then, it begins to rain and the car stuck gets in the mud. How will they all get home safely? Luckily, they do. And everything ends happily. A book to enjoy again and again.


Mr Gumpy's Motor Car Book and CD by John Burningham

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 motor car and its passengers make their way across the field, the rain begins...Mr Gumpy asks for volunteers to push the car, but everyone has an excuse, until it gets so bad that they all have to get out and help. Eventually, the sun shines once more as they drive across the bridge - and there's time for a swim on the way home.

A classic, highly acclaimed picture book from an acknowledged master of the genre - this is a joy to read aloud, to share, and now to listen to as well! The CD features a brilliant reading by Sylvester McCoy (the Seventh Doctor in Doctor Who) as well as original music and hilarious sound effects. Perfect for car journeys, as well as
being a useful aid to independent reading; there's a track with a sound for every page-turn so young readers can help to build their confidence.


Praise for Mr Gumpy's Outing:

'A story of real drama observed with gentle humour' - Julia Eccleshare, Guardian

'A wonderful story' - Julia Eccleshare, The Rough Guide to Picture Books

'...a wonderful building story with a delightfully predictable and reassuring ending.' - The Guardian

About the Author

John Burningham

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.

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32 pages
Interest Age: from 0 to 5


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Red Fox Picture Books an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Publication date

2nd June 2011




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