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John Burningham - Author

About the Author

John Burningham (1936-2019) 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 was married to the illustrator, Helen Oxenbury.

Featured books by John Burningham

Mouse House

Mouse House

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: John Burningham Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/02/2018

In the house there lives a family: a mum, a dad, a girl and a boy. But they are not alone; a secret mouse family is living there too, who only come out when everyone else is asleep. One day they are spotted and the mouse catcher is called ... Will they escape in time?

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Borka: The Adventures of a Goose With No Feathers

Borka: The Adventures of a Goose With No Feathers

5+ readers

Author: John Burningham Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/1999

Once upon a time there were two geese called Mr and Mrs Plumpster. Each Spring they returned to the marshes of their ancestors, and Mrs Plumpster laid her eggs. Soon six fine young Plumpsters hatched: Archie, Freda, Jennifer, Oswald, Timothy and Borka. But Borka was different. Borka had no feathers and could not fly. When winter came the other geese flew off in search of warmer climates, leaving Borka all alone. But her adventure was only just beginning . . .

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Other books by John Burningham

John Burningham's Champagne

John Burningham's Champagne

Author: John Burningham, Joanna Lumley Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2015

Picnic

Picnic

Author: John Burningham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2014

One day Boy and Girl go out for a picnic. They meet all sorts of creatures along the way - some come with them and some chase them, but whatever happens, today will be a day for Adventure!

Picnic

Picnic

Author: John Burningham Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2013

One day Boy and Girl go out for a picnic. They meet all sorts of creatures along the way - some come with them and some chase them, but whatever happens, today will be a day for Adventure!

Tug of War

Tug of War

Author: John Burningham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2013

Hare, Hippopotamus and Elephant live together, but not happily, for Hippopotamus and Elephant are forever teasing poor Hare. One day, Hare decides to teach his friends a lesson, and so the great tug of war begins...

It's a Secret!

It's a Secret!

Author: John Burningham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2010

Join Marie Elaine on a thrilling rooftop journey that takes her to a most unusual party! One night Marie Elaine finds her cat Malcolm dressed to go to a party. On condition she keep his secret, Malcolm agrees to let her come with him, and they set off through the streets - a dangerous journey, for Marie Elaine is now as small as her cat! At the party there are cats and more cats, and they are all very excited ... the Queen of the Cats is on her way! It is a night that Marie Elaine will never forget - and she won't forget to keep the secret either!

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