JOHN BURNINGHAM (Born 1936)

John Burningham was born in Rowledge, Surrey on 27 April 1936. He was educated at the progressive Summerhill School and then, as a result of refusing National Service, was drafted into two years of work in farming and forestry, hospital and social work. read more...

John Burningham was born in Rowledge, Surrey on 27 April 1936. He was educated at the progressive Summerhill School and then, as a result of refusing National Service, was drafted into two years of work in farming and forestry, hospital and social work. He studied art at the Central School of Arts and Crafts (1956-59), under Keith Vaughan, Laurence Scarfe and Bernard Neville. An award enabled him to retain his independence for a year, in which he designed some posters for London Transport and then worked in New York on educational publications.
Returning to England, Burningham developed his career as a children’s writer and illustrator, and was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal for Borka (1963), his very first book and again for Mr Gumpy’s Outing (1970), which also won the Boston Globe Book Award and was listed in the New York Times choice of the best illustrated children’s books of the year (1971). Subsequent successes have included The Wind in the Willows (1983) and Granpa (1984), the latter being turned into an award-winning film for UNICEF (Prix Jeunesse 1990), Oi! Get Off Our Train (1989), Cloudland (1996) and Magic Bed (2003).
His ability to illustrate for adults as well as children is well- demonstrated by John Burningham’s England (1992) and John Burningham’s France (1998), and the two books he compiled and illustrated, The Time of Your Life (2002), and When We Were Young (2004), which were all launched at Chris Beetles Gallery. In 2006, a retrospective of his work was exhibited in the Sungkok Gallery, Seoul and in 2007, his one-man show, ‘The World of John Burningham’s Picture Book Artwork’, opened in Osaka, Japan, before moving to Tokyo in 2008.
John Burningham is married to illustrator Helen Oxenbury.
His latest works include
It’s a Secret!, London, Walker, 2009, and John Burningham, London, Jonathan Cape, 2009, an anthology of his work and memoir of his life.

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'MAY I COME PLEASE, MR GUMPY?' SAID THE PIG by JOHN BURNINGHAM

'MAY I COME PLEASE, MR GUMPY?' SAID THE PIG

TO HOOT WITH OWLS IS REALLY FUN
I'M FRIENDLY WITH ONE, YOU KNOW.
BUT WHEN THEY START TO EAT THE MICE
I FEEL IT'S TIME TO GO by JOHN BURNINGHAM

TO HOOT WITH OWLS IS REALLY FUN I'M FRIENDLY WITH ONE, YOU KNOW. BUT WHEN THEY START TO EAT THE MICE I FEEL IT'S TIME TO GO

EVERYONE GAVE A MIGHTY HEAVE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

EVERYONE GAVE A MIGHTY HEAVE

EVERYONE GAVE A MIGHTY HEAVE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

EVERYONE GAVE A MIGHTY HEAVE

EVERY DAY AFTER SCHOOL, MILES AND NORMAN USED TO GO AND SEE THE CAR BEING MADE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

EVERY DAY AFTER SCHOOL, MILES AND NORMAN USED TO GO AND SEE THE CAR BEING MADE

THROUGH LEAVES IN THE AUTUMN by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THROUGH LEAVES IN THE AUTUMN

'LET'S GO AND SEE WHAT HUDDY IS UP TO NOW,' SAID NORMAN by JOHN BURNINGHAM

'LET'S GO AND SEE WHAT HUDDY IS UP TO NOW,' SAID NORMAN

HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA by JOHN BURNINGHAM

HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA

POP CHAMPAGNE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

POP CHAMPAGNE

OPENING THE CHAMPAGNE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

OPENING THE CHAMPAGNE

WITH TRUE YORKSHIRE GRIT, HE PERSISTED AND JUST BEFORE 10AM THE FOLLOWING DAY, AFTER ALMOST 23 HOURS, HE STEPPED ONTO FRENCH SOIL, STILL NAKED, TO BE GREETED BY A CROWD OF ADMIRING FRENCHMEN. BURGES THEN DRANK SOME MORE OF HIS CHAMPAGNE
(IAN MATHER, COUNT by JOHN BURNINGHAM

WITH TRUE YORKSHIRE GRIT, HE PERSISTED AND JUST BEFORE 10AM THE FOLLOWING DAY, AFTER ALMOST 23 HOURS, HE STEPPED ONTO FRENCH SOIL, STILL NAKED, TO BE GREETED BY A CROWD OF ADMIRING FRENCHMEN. BURGES THEN DRANK SOME MORE OF HIS CHAMPAGNE (IAN MATHER, COUNT

IF THE AUNT OF THE VICAR HAS NEVER TOUCHED LIQUOR,
WATCH OUT WHEN SHE FINDS THE CHAMPAGNE
(RUDYARD KIPLING) by JOHN BURNINGHAM

IF THE AUNT OF THE VICAR HAS NEVER TOUCHED LIQUOR, WATCH OUT WHEN SHE FINDS THE CHAMPAGNE (RUDYARD KIPLING)

GLYNDEBOURNE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

GLYNDEBOURNE

DINNER FOR TEN AT THE STAR AND GARTER HOTEL
(INCLUDING FOUR BOTTLES OF CHAMPAGNE AND 13 OTHER BOTTLES) by JOHN BURNINGHAM

DINNER FOR TEN AT THE STAR AND GARTER HOTEL (INCLUDING FOUR BOTTLES OF CHAMPAGNE AND 13 OTHER BOTTLES)

COME QUICKLY, I AM TASTING THE STARS!
(DOM PERIGNON) by JOHN BURNINGHAM

COME QUICKLY, I AM TASTING THE STARS! (DOM PERIGNON)

JOHN BURNINGHAM'S CHAMPAGNE
FRONT COVER by JOHN BURNINGHAM

JOHN BURNINGHAM'S CHAMPAGNE FRONT COVER

THE BABY ELEPHANT BURST INTO TEARS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE BABY ELEPHANT BURST INTO TEARS

SYLVIE WENT ALONG THE PASSAGE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SYLVIE WENT ALONG THE PASSAGE

THEN SHE CAME BACK WITH A TIGER AND HER CUB by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THEN SHE CAME BACK WITH A TIGER AND HER CUB

SYLVIE HAD DIFFERENT ANIMALS IN HER ROOM EVERY NIGHT by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SYLVIE HAD DIFFERENT ANIMALS IN HER ROOM EVERY NIGHT