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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SKATING WITH ALDO by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SKATING WITH ALDO

ON THE ICE WITH ALDO by JOHN BURNINGHAM

ON THE ICE WITH ALDO

OF COURSE I WATCH TELEVISION by JOHN BURNINGHAM

OF COURSE I WATCH TELEVISION

SOMETIMES WE GO TO THE PARK by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SOMETIMES WE GO TO THE PARK

IT LOOKS AS IF IT IS GOING TO RAIN SOON.
IF IT DOES WE CAN ALL MUCK ABOUT WITH UMBRELLAS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

IT LOOKS AS IF IT IS GOING TO RAIN SOON. IF IT DOES WE CAN ALL MUCK ABOUT WITH UMBRELLAS

THE BOY AND HIS DOG by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE BOY AND HIS DOG

OUR TRAIN by JOHN BURNINGHAM

OUR TRAIN

THERE IS A DOG THAT I KNOW WELL,
WHO ONLY LIKES TO HOWL by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THERE IS A DOG THAT I KNOW WELL, WHO ONLY LIKES TO HOWL

THE PIG IS GOOD AT GRUNTING
AND GROVELLING IN THE YARD;
I LIKE TO GRUNT AND GROVEL TOO,
BUT KEEPING CLEAN IS HARD by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE PIG IS GOOD AT GRUNTING AND GROVELLING IN THE YARD; I LIKE TO GRUNT AND GROVEL TOO, BUT KEEPING CLEAN IS HARD

WHEN I SAY BAA-AA TO THE SHEEP,
THE SHEEP SAYS BAA-AA TO ME.
BAA-AA GETS A LITTLE BORING, THOUGH  
I WISH SHE'D SPEAK, YOU SEE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

WHEN I SAY BAA-AA TO THE SHEEP, THE SHEEP SAYS BAA-AA TO ME. BAA-AA GETS A LITTLE BORING, THOUGH I WISH SHE'D SPEAK, YOU SEE

BUT WITH A GOOSE I'D LIKE TO HISS,
AND FLAP ALONG THE GROUND by JOHN BURNINGHAM

BUT WITH A GOOSE I'D LIKE TO HISS, AND FLAP ALONG THE GROUND

WHEN MONKEY COME TO VISIT ME
THEY LIKE TO HAVE A NATTER;
I ALWAYS GIVE THEM CUPS OF TEA
AND THEN WE SIT AND CHATTER by JOHN BURNINGHAM

WHEN MONKEY COME TO VISIT ME THEY LIKE TO HAVE A NATTER; I ALWAYS GIVE THEM CUPS OF TEA AND THEN WE SIT AND CHATTER

THE KANGAROO PUSHED JOHN PATRICK NORMAN MCHENNESSY INTO THE WATER by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE KANGAROO PUSHED JOHN PATRICK NORMAN MCHENNESSY INTO THE WATER

'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.'

HE THREW A GLOVE INTO THE AIR AND THE CROCODILE SNAPPED AT THE GLOVE AND LET GO OF THE SATCHEL by JOHN BURNINGHAM

HE THREW A GLOVE INTO THE AIR AND THE CROCODILE SNAPPED AT THE GLOVE AND LET GO OF THE SATCHEL

FOR LUNCH WE ARE HAVING SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE WITH LETTUCE AND CUCUMBER. FOR PUDDING THERE IS PLUM DUFF by JOHN BURNINGHAM

FOR LUNCH WE ARE HAVING SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE WITH LETTUCE AND CUCUMBER. FOR PUDDING THERE IS PLUM DUFF

SO MR TROUTBECK TOOK THE TRAY WITH THE CHEESE SALAD WITH CELERY AND TOMATO AND THE ORANGE FOR PUDDING TO AFRICA by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SO MR TROUTBECK TOOK THE TRAY WITH THE CHEESE SALAD WITH CELERY AND TOMATO AND THE ORANGE FOR PUDDING TO AFRICA

ELEPHANT by JOHN BURNINGHAM

ELEPHANT

SNAKE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SNAKE

DUCK by JOHN BURNINGHAM

DUCK