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 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

FOUR ELEPHANTS FALL INTO THE WATER by JOHN BURNINGHAM

FOUR ELEPHANTS FALL INTO THE WATER

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

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

WOULD YOU RATHER BE ... SQUASHED BY A HIPPO by JOHN BURNINGHAM

WOULD YOU RATHER BE ... SQUASHED BY A HIPPO

NOW THERE'S WATER EVERYWHERE! by JOHN BURNINGHAM

NOW THERE'S WATER EVERYWHERE!

NORTH TO VANCOUVER by JOHN BURNINGHAM

NORTH TO VANCOUVER

THE NAUGHTY SCHOOLBOY II by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE NAUGHTY SCHOOLBOY II

THE HORSE-DRAWN SLEDGE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE HORSE-DRAWN SLEDGE

DORMOUSE ASLEEP by JOHN BURNINGHAM

DORMOUSE ASLEEP

DOGS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

DOGS

GOING TO A PARTY by JOHN BURNINGHAM

GOING TO A PARTY

OPENING THE CHAMPAGNE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

OPENING THE CHAMPAGNE

HERE'S TO CHAMPAGNE! II by JOHN BURNINGHAM

HERE'S TO CHAMPAGNE! II

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