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Dick Bruna - Author

About the Author

Dick Bruna (23 Aug 1927 - 16 Feb 2017) was born in Utrecht in the year of the rabbit, according to the Japanese zodiac.  As the son of a publisher, Dick was introduced to books and authors at an early age.  He grew up in Zeist, surrounded by chickens, rabbits, dogs and a goat, and enjoyed a wonderful childhood with his brother Frits.

During his school years, Dick developed a keen interest in art and drawing.  Then came the war, and Dick and his father were in danger of being taken into forced labour.  The family went into hiding and lived underground for two years in a house by the lake.  Occasionally they would hide from the Germans amongst reeds in a small boat.  During this time, Dick spent hours drawing, playing the accordion, writing songs and working on a book.  He was 18 when the war ended.

Though he began by training in publishing, Dick really wanted to be an artist, drawing inspiration from the bold use of colour by masters such as Leger and Matisse. After marrying his wife Irene in 1952, Dick took up a permanent position as a designer in the family’s publishing firm, A.W. Bruna & Zoon.  

For the next 10 years he was to create numerous book-jackets and posters, as well as producing his first picture books, including the first edition of Miffy in 1955.  This was also a busy time in Dick’s personal life with the birth of his three children: son Sierk in 1954, son Marc in 1958 and daughter Madelon in 1961.  In 1962, Dick was appointed co-director of the publishing house and continued to give the company a striking house style through award-winning book-jackets and posters until the early 1970s.  

In 1975, Dick decided to work for himself, and the Miffy series really took off.  He also started accepting poster and card commissions for organisations including Unicef, the Netherlands Red Cross, The Hague, Amnesty International and the Netherlands Dairies.

His work has won numerous awards and has featured in many prestigious exhibitions around the world.

Featured books by Dick Bruna

Miffy in the Tent

Miffy in the Tent

Baby and Toddler 3+ readers

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2015

It's such a lovely, sunny day that Miffy has put up her tent in the garden and, for a very special treat, Mummy Bunny lets her play in the paddling pool! It's so much fun. For Miffy games and activities visit www.miffy.com

Miffy's Birthday

Miffy's Birthday

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Celebrate Miffy's 60th Birthday with this gorgeous anniversary edition! Small, square and always with a robust, hardback cover, Dick Bruna’s iconic picture books about the little white bunny called Miffy, have been treasured by millions of British households since they were first published in the UK in the early Sixties.  Excitingly, for the first time in almost 50 years, the rhyming verse in each Miffy story in Bruna’s bestselling children’s storybooks has been refreshed for a modern British audience - by award-winning children's author and poet, Tony Mitton to suit the ears of today’s toddlers and pre-schoolers.  Alongside the new texts, Dick Bruna’s illustrations – simple, bold and timeless – remain the same throughout.  

Miffy on Holiday!

Miffy on Holiday!

3+ readers

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Novelty book Release Date: 22/05/2014

Miffy's going on holiday in this bright, interactive sticker storybook. 

Miffy

Miffy

3+ readers

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Small, square and always with a robust, hardback cover, Dick Bruna’s iconic picture books about the little white bunny called Miffy, have been treasured by millions of British households since they were first published in the UK in the early Sixties.  Excitingly, for the first time in almost 50 years, the rhyming verse in each Miffy story in Bruna’s bestselling children’s storybooks has been refreshed for a modern British audience - by award-winning children's author and poet, Tony Mitton to suit the ears of today’s toddlers and pre-schoolers.  Alongside the new texts, Dick Bruna’s illustrations – simple, bold and timeless – remain the same throughout.

Miffy's Play Date

Miffy's Play Date

3+ readers

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Novelty book Release Date: 27/02/2014

A bright, interactive Miffy sticker storybook with stickers to add and a charming story to enjoy!   Small, square and always with a robust, hardback cover, Dick Bruna’s iconic picture books about the little white bunny called Miffy, have been treasured by millions of British households since they were first published in the UK in the early Sixties.  Excitingly, for the first time in almost 50 years, the rhyming verse in each Miffy story in Bruna’s bestselling children’s storybooks has been refreshed for a modern British audience - by award-winning children's author and poet, Tony Mitton to suit the ears of today’s toddlers and pre-schoolers.  Alongside the new texts, Dick Bruna’s illustrations – simple, bold and timeless – remain the same throughout.

Other books by Dick Bruna

Miffy's Treasury

Miffy's Treasury

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

Join Miffy as she celebrates her 65th birthday, with this gorgeously collectible anniversary treasury containing five classic Miffy stories. The perfect gift for miffy fans old and new. This beautiful hardback collection is perfect for Miffy fans old and new, and contains the following tales: Miffy at the Zoo, Miffy's Birthday, Miffy at School, Miffy is Crying Queen Miffy

Dear Grandma Bunny A Miffy Book

Dear Grandma Bunny A Miffy Book

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Miffy says goodbye to someone very special in this moving addition to the collectible, classic Miffy series. Miffy and her family are really sad. Grandma Bunny has died and it's time for them to say goodbye and thank Grandma Bunny for everything she did for them. Sensitively translated by award-winning poet Tony Mitton, this touching Miffy story celebrates the life and loss of loved ones. First published in 1955, Miffy was created by celebrated Dutch artist Dick Bruna. Bruna's distinctive, simple style has enchanted children for generations and over 85 million copies of the books have been sold in over 50 languages since first publication.

Miffy the Artist Art Activity Book

Miffy the Artist Art Activity Book

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Ever since Dick Bruna first created Miffy in 1955, she has endeared herself to generations of young children and has become one of the best-loved children's characters of all time. In this charming new addition to the Miffy story, Miffy takes inspiration from a visit to an art gallery and decides to become an artist herself. This wonderful new activity book is filled with fun activities, puzzles and colouring-in for budding little artists!

Miffy Goes to Stay

Miffy Goes to Stay

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/08/2017

Join Miffy as she sets off to visit an old friend in this adorable addition to the collectible, classic Miffy series. Miffy is a bit nervous to be travelling alone for the first time, but there's lots to do at her friend's house when she arrives for a visit. They are soon having a lovely time playing chase and hide-and-seek. Miffy even tries out some roller skates! No wonder they are so tired at the end of such a busy day! Sensitively translated by award-winning poet Tony Mitton, this charming Miffy story will delight children and adults alike. First published in 1955, Miffy was created by celebrated Dutch artist Dick Bruna. Bruna's distinctive, simple style has enchanted children for generations and over 85 million copies of the books have been sold in over 50 languages since first publication.

Miffy is Naughty

Miffy is Naughty

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/08/2017

Miffy does something very naughty indeed in this adorable addition to the collectible, classic Miffy series. Miffy is entranced by some brightly coloured toffees and just can't help secretly taking some when she visits the shop. But Miffy knows that stealing is wrong and, with the help of Mother Bunny, soon makes amends. Sensitively translated by award-winning poet Tony Mitton, this charming Miffy story will delight children and adults alike. First published in 1955, Miffy was created by celebrated Dutch artist Dick Bruna. Bruna's distinctive, simple style has enchanted children for generations and over 85 million copies of the books have been sold in over 50 languages since first publication.

Miffy the Artist Lift-the-Flap Book

Miffy the Artist Lift-the-Flap Book

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Board book Release Date: 15/10/2015

Ever since Dick Bruna first created Miffy in 1955, she has endeared herself to generations of young children and has become one of the best-loved children's characters of all time. In this charming new addition to the Miffy story, Miffy takes inspiration from a visit to an art gallery and decides to become an artist herself. Looking at the colour and shapes of the world around her she discovers what fun it can be to make pictures of the things she sees. By bedtime, her bedroom walls are full of her wonderful artwork. With sturdy cardboard flaps and hidden pictures to discover, this book is the perfect gift for a budding artist!

Miffy in the Tent

Miffy in the Tent

Baby and Toddler 3+ readers

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2015

It's such a lovely, sunny day that Miffy has put up her tent in the garden and, for a very special treat, Mummy Bunny lets her play in the paddling pool! It's so much fun. For Miffy games and activities visit www.miffy.com

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