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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IT'S WHEN I PLAY THE TRUMPET
BEAR REALLY GOES QUITE BARMY;
HE WANTS US BOTH TO MARCH ABOUT
AND THINKS WE'RE IN THE ARMY by JOHN BURNINGHAM

IT'S WHEN I PLAY THE TRUMPET BEAR REALLY GOES QUITE BARMY; HE WANTS US BOTH TO MARCH ABOUT AND THINKS WE'RE IN THE ARMY

AND IF I PLAY A JOLLY JIG,
THE BEAR IS VERY GLAD;
BUT THE FIDDLE HAS SOME OTHER SOUNDS
WHICH MAKE HIM REALLY SAD by JOHN BURNINGHAM

AND IF I PLAY A JOLLY JIG, THE BEAR IS VERY GLAD; BUT THE FIDDLE HAS SOME OTHER SOUNDS WHICH MAKE HIM REALLY SAD

THE PIANO IS AN INSTRUMENT
HE'LL LISTEN TO FOR AGES;
IT HELPS A LOT IF WHILE I'M PLAYING,
THE BEAR WILL TURN THE PAGES by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE PIANO IS AN INSTRUMENT HE'LL LISTEN TO FOR AGES; IT HELPS A LOT IF WHILE I'M PLAYING, THE BEAR WILL TURN THE PAGES

BUT WHEN I PLAY MY BAGPIPES,
THE BEAR, HE SELDOM HEARS;
HE STAYS A LONG, LONG WAY BEHIND
AND COVERS UP HIS EARS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

BUT WHEN I PLAY MY BAGPIPES, THE BEAR, HE SELDOM HEARS; HE STAYS A LONG, LONG WAY BEHIND AND COVERS UP HIS EARS

ANOTHER THING HE LIKES TO DO
INVOLVES THE TAMBOURINE:
HE LIKES TO DANCE HOLDING A ROSE!
IT REALLY SHOULD BE SEEN by JOHN BURNINGHAM

ANOTHER THING HE LIKES TO DO INVOLVES THE TAMBOURINE: HE LIKES TO DANCE HOLDING A ROSE! IT REALLY SHOULD BE SEEN

WHEN WE GET TO THE BEACH CAN WE STAY THERE FOREVER?
YES, BUT WE MUST GO BACK FOR OUR TEA AT FOUR O'CLOCK by JOHN BURNINGHAM

WHEN WE GET TO THE BEACH CAN WE STAY THERE FOREVER? YES, BUT WE MUST GO BACK FOR OUR TEA AT FOUR O'CLOCK

IF I CATCH A FISH WE CAN COOK IT FOR SUPPER.
WHAT IF YOU CATCH A WHALE, GRANPA? by JOHN BURNINGHAM

IF I CATCH A FISH WE CAN COOK IT FOR SUPPER. WHAT IF YOU CATCH A WHALE, GRANPA?

HOLDING THE ROPE HIGH by JOHN BURNINGHAM

HOLDING THE ROPE HIGH

PREPARING TO JUMP by JOHN BURNINGHAM

PREPARING TO JUMP

EMERGENCY STOP by JOHN BURNINGHAM

EMERGENCY STOP

NO HANDS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

NO HANDS

IN THE GARDEN by JOHN BURNINGHAM

IN THE GARDEN

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

WOULD YOU RATHER ... DRIVE A BULLDOZER

MASHED WORMS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

MASHED WORMS

WOULD YOU RATHER BE MADE TO EAT ... EARWIG SOUP by JOHN BURNINGHAM

WOULD YOU RATHER BE MADE TO EAT ... EARWIG SOUP

NOW THERE'S WATER EVERYWHERE! by JOHN BURNINGHAM

NOW THERE'S WATER EVERYWHERE!

NORTH TO VANCOUVER by JOHN BURNINGHAM

NORTH TO VANCOUVER

DORMOUSE ASLEEP by JOHN BURNINGHAM

DORMOUSE ASLEEP

DOGS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

DOGS

THE HORSE-DRAWN SLEDGE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE HORSE-DRAWN SLEDGE