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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BUT HE SAID NOTHING by JOHN BURNINGHAM

BUT HE SAID NOTHING

NOW AUTUMN WAS HERE, THE LEAVES WERE FALLING AND SOON IT WOULD BE WINTER by JOHN BURNINGHAM

NOW AUTUMN WAS HERE, THE LEAVES WERE FALLING AND SOON IT WOULD BE WINTER

A SWING by JOHN BURNINGHAM

A SWING

THE MICE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE HUMANS HAVE GONE TO BED BEFORE THEY LOOK FOR FOOD by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE MICE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE HUMANS HAVE GONE TO BED BEFORE THEY LOOK FOR FOOD

THEY ARE THE MOUSE FAMILY by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THEY ARE THE MOUSE FAMILY

AND ONCE, IN THE WINTER, THEY DROVE OUT AND PLAYED IN THE SNOW by JOHN BURNINGHAM

AND ONCE, IN THE WINTER, THEY DROVE OUT AND PLAYED IN THE SNOW

AND HE DIDN'T LIKE OTHER DOGS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

AND HE DIDN'T LIKE OTHER DOGS

MILES DID NOT COME WHEN HE WAS CALLED, DID NOT LIKE GOING FOR WALKS, DID NOT LIKE HIS FOOD. OR THE RAIN. HE BARKED TOO MUCH by JOHN BURNINGHAM

MILES DID NOT COME WHEN HE WAS CALLED, DID NOT LIKE GOING FOR WALKS, DID NOT LIKE HIS FOOD. OR THE RAIN. HE BARKED TOO MUCH

DRIVING OUT by JOHN BURNINGHAM

DRIVING OUT

WOULD YOU RATHER ... DRIVE A BULLDOZER by JOHN BURNINGHAM

WOULD YOU RATHER ... DRIVE A BULLDOZER

'JOHN PATRICK NORMAN MCHENNESSY, YOU ARE LATE AND WHERE IS YOUR OTHER GLOVE?'
'I AM LATE, SIR, BECAUSE ON THE WAY A CROCODILE CAME OUT OF A DRAIN AND GOT HOLD OF MY SATCHEL, AND WOULD ONLY LET GO WHEN I THREW MY GLOVE, WHICH HE ATE.' by JOHN BURNINGHAM

'JOHN PATRICK NORMAN MCHENNESSY, YOU ARE LATE AND WHERE IS YOUR OTHER GLOVE?' 'I AM LATE, SIR, BECAUSE ON THE WAY A CROCODILE CAME OUT OF A DRAIN AND GOT HOLD OF MY SATCHEL, AND WOULD ONLY LET GO WHEN I THREW MY GLOVE, WHICH HE ATE.'

THE BOY AND HIS DOG by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE BOY AND HIS DOG

THROUGH LEAVES IN THE AUTUMN by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THROUGH LEAVES IN THE AUTUMN

SO MR HUDDY STARTED TO MAKE THE CAR FOR MILES by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SO MR HUDDY STARTED TO MAKE THE CAR FOR MILES

SYLVIE WENT ALONG THE PASSAGE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SYLVIE WENT ALONG THE PASSAGE

THE BABY ELEPHANT BURST INTO TEARS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE BABY ELEPHANT BURST INTO TEARS

THEY WERE ALL VERY TIRED AS THEY CLIMBED UP THE HILL by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THEY WERE ALL VERY TIRED AS THEY CLIMBED UP THE HILL

THEN THEY PLAYED GAMES UNTIL IT WAS TIME TO GO HOME by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THEN THEY PLAYED GAMES UNTIL IT WAS TIME TO GO HOME

THEY ALL WENT OVER THE FIELD TO FIND A PLACE FOR THEIR PICNIC ... by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THEY ALL WENT OVER THE FIELD TO FIND A PLACE FOR THEIR PICNIC ...

PIG'S BALL ROLLED INTO A POND AND DUCK WENT IN TO LOOK FOR IT by JOHN BURNINGHAM

PIG'S BALL ROLLED INTO A POND AND DUCK WENT IN TO LOOK FOR IT

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