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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!

Baby and Toddler

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

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

Miffy

Miffy

Baby and Toddler

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

Baby and Toddler

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

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 Classic 10 Title Slipcase Includes Miffy; Miffy & the Baby; Miffy in the Snow; Miffy's Birthday; Miffy at School; MIffy at the Zoo; Miffy at the Seaside; Queen Miffy; Miffy at the Playground; Mi

Miffy Classic 10 Title Slipcase Includes Miffy; Miffy & the Baby; Miffy in the Snow; Miffy's Birthday; Miffy at School; MIffy at the Zoo; Miffy at the Seaside; Queen Miffy; Miffy at the Playground; Mi

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/11/2016

Slipcase containing ten beloved classic Miffy stories: Miffy, Miffy and the Baby, Miffy in the Snow, Miffy's Birthday, Miffy at School, Miffy at the Zoo, Miffy at the Seaside, Queen Miffy, Miffy at the Playground and Miffy's Bicycle

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

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.  

Peek-a-Boo Miffy A Lift-the-Flap Book

Peek-a-Boo Miffy A Lift-the-Flap Book

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

Ready to play hide and seek with Miffy? Lift the large flaps to see who's hiding. Is it Miffy's friend Melanie? Or Mummy Bunny? Dick Bruna's simple but iconic artwork bring this Miffy adventure to life. Sturdy board pages and rounded corners are perfect for little hands. This book is a great way to encourage imagination and practise dexterity and fine motor skills.

Miffy Look and See A Peep Through Book

Miffy Look and See A Peep Through Book

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Let's look with Miffy! Who can she see? With peep through holes to guess what's next, your child can guess who Miffy sees through her camera, picture frame and more! Dick Bruna's simple but iconic artwork bring this Miffy adventure to life. Sturdy board pages and rounded corners are perfect for little hands. This book is a great way to encourage imagination and practise dexterity and fine motor skills.

Miffy's Bedtime

Miffy's Bedtime

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Meet Miffy - a lovable little bunny who likes to discover the wonder in everyday things. The sun is setting and it's time for bed. Join Miffy as she goes through her bedtime routine - bathtime, choosing a cuddly toy to bring to bed, a story and then blissfully drifting off to sleep. With over 30 stickers to decorate the illustrations in this charming sticker storybook! Share this book with your child to: *Relate to a child's first experiences *Practise dexterity and fine motor skills

Queen Miffy

Queen Miffy

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2015

In this royal tale, Miffy dreams she is the Queen of Rabbits - such a lovely thought! She would be a very kind and special queen, loved by all her subjects. What a pity it is just a dream... This highly desirable, collectible classic series has been updated for a new generation by award-winning poet, Tony Mitton.

Miffy at the Playground

Miffy at the Playground

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Miffy is going to the playground - she loves to play on the swings, slide and jump on the trampoline. What fun! This highly desirable, collectible classic series has been updated for a new generation by award-winning poet, Tony Mitton.

Miffy and the Royal Baby A Lift-the-Flap Book

Miffy and the Royal Baby A Lift-the-Flap Book

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Celebrate the arrival of the new royal baby with this charming Miffy lift-the-flap book! What is the best gift for a royal baby? Help Queen Miffy on her search for the perfect present by lifting the large lift-the-flaps.Sturdy board pages and rounded corners are perfect for little hands. Dick Bruna's simple but iconic artwork bring this royal Miffy adventure to life. This book is a great way to encourage imagination, practise dexterity and fine motor skills, and celebrate a new royal arrival!

Miffy is Crying

Miffy is Crying

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/01/2015

Miffy is very sad, she's lost her favourite teddy bear. She searches everywhere and even asks all her family? Will she be able to find it again? Award-winning UK poet, Tony Mitton, has worked closely with Dick Bruna's Dutch publisher to create new translations for the classic Miffy stories that are true to the books' original voice, and yet have a contemporary feel to the language that makes them appealing to the modern young audience. The translations beautifully convey the warmth and friendliness of the original Dutch whilst maintaining a style that is inimitably Miffy.

Miffy and Melanie

Miffy and Melanie

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/01/2015

Miffy's pen friendMelanieis coming to visit from far away. Miffy is very excited and can't wait to introduce her to family and play lots of fun games with her. Award-winning UK poet, Tony Mitton, has worked closely with Dick Bruna's Dutch publisher to create new translations for the classic Miffy stories that are true to the books' original voice, and yet have a contemporary feel to the language that makes them appealing to the modern young audience. The translations beautifully convey the warmth and friendliness of the original Dutch whilst maintaining a style that is inimitably Miffy.

Miffy's Dream

Miffy's Dream

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/10/2014

In this beautiful, wordless picture book Miffy dreams she meets another bunny high up in the sky. The two become friends and play together amongst the clouds. Award-winning UK poet, Tony Mitton, has worked closely with Dick Bruna's Dutch publisher to create new translations for the classic Miffy stories that are true to the books' original voice, and yet have a contemporary feel to the language that makes them appealing to the modern young audience. The translations beautifully convey the warmth and friendliness of the original Dutch whilst maintaining a style that is inimitably Miffy.

Miffy on Holiday!

Miffy on Holiday!

Baby and Toddler

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

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

Miffy

Miffy

Baby and Toddler

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

Baby and Toddler

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.

Christmas

Christmas

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/10/2013

Dick Bruna brings his iconic style to this beautiful re-telling of the Nativity story.

Apple

Apple

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2013

The Apple tells the story of a rosy red apple who yearns to see the world beyond his tree. With the help of a friendly rooster he finally gets a glimpse into the lives of others.

On My Scooter

On My Scooter

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2013

On My Scooter follows a child on their scooter and is a sweet illustration of a child's independence and empathy for others.

School

School

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2013

The School is a fun, rhyming introduction to the school day, perfect preparation for young children about to enter nursery or day school. Out of print since 1968, The School has been published to coincide with the 60th anniversary edition of The Apple, Dick Bruna's first book.

Round, Square, Triangle

Round, Square, Triangle

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/08/2012

From the well-loved author and illustrator of the Miffy stories, here are three compact and delightful picture books introducing shapes, colours, and numbers. All illustrated in Bruna's inimitable style, early learners can see how shapes pop up in everyday objects; that every colour is there in the clothes you wear; and how there are lots of things to count in everything you see.

My Vest is White

My Vest is White

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/08/2012

This title comes from the well-loved author and illustrator of the Miffy stories, here are three compact and delightful picture books introducing shapes, colours, and numbers. All illustrated in Bruna's inimitable style, early learners can see how shapes pop up in everyday objects; that every colour is there in the clothes you wear; and how there are lots of things to count in everything you see.

Miffy the Artist

Miffy the Artist

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/08/2008

Ever since Dick Bruna first created Miffy in 1955, she has endeared herself to generations of young children. She is now one of the best-loved children's characters of all time. In this charming new addition to her 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 walls are full of all her wonderful artworks. The perfect gift for a budding artist, this is a charming book from one of the master illustrators of our time.

The Christmas Book

The Christmas Book

Author: Dick Bruna Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2003

This paperback edition of Dick Bruna's charming Christmas Book comes complete with a press-out crib scene. From the creator of the much-loved Miffy series of books, this delightful title retells the birth of Jesus using simple text and charming illustrations, which also feature on the press-out pieces which can be used to create your own little nativity scene.

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