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John Burningham (1936–2019)

Author of Mr. Gumpy's Outing

113+ Works 7,185 Members 245 Reviews 2 Favorited

About the Author

John Burningham was born in Farnham, United Kingdom on April 27, 1936. After two and a half years of non-military service as a conscientious objector, he graduated from Central School of Art with distinction in 1959. Before becoming a children's author and illustrator, he made puppets for Yoram show more Gross's animation film Joseph the Dreamer and was commissioned to produce a number of posters for London Transport. Burningham's first picture book, Borka: The Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers, was published in 1963 and won the Kate Greenaway Medal. His other books included Humbert, Avocado Baby, Oi! Get Off Our Train, Courtney, Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present, Come Away from the Water, Shirley, England, Cloudland, France, and There's Going to Be a Baby written with his wife and fellow illustrator Helen Oxenbury. He also illustrated Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 1964 and Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows in 1983. He received the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1970 for Mr. Gumpy's Outing, the Kurt Maschler award in 1984 for Granpa, and the Booktrust lifetime achievement award in 2018 with Oxenbury. Burningham died on January 4, 2019 at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Husband and wife John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury.

Series

Works by John Burningham

Mr. Gumpy's Outing (1970) 1,618 copies, 24 reviews
Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car (1973) 549 copies, 9 reviews
Hey! Get Off Our Train (1989) 533 copies, 4 reviews
Would You Rather... (1978) 323 copies, 9 reviews
Avocado Baby (1982) 250 copies, 6 reviews
Granpa (1984) 235 copies, 10 reviews
Come Away From The Water, Shirley (1977) 217 copies, 27 reviews
There's Going to Be a Baby (2010) 213 copies, 34 reviews
Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present (1993) 180 copies, 1 review
Cannonball Simp (1966) 171 copies, 4 reviews
The Shopping Basket (1980) 164 copies, 1 review
It's a Secret (2009) 161 copies, 11 reviews
Cloudland (1996) 121 copies, 1 review
The Magic Bed (2000) 100 copies, 6 reviews
Courtney (1994) 91 copies, 2 reviews
Trubloff (1963) 85 copies, 3 reviews
John Burningham's ABC (1964) 77 copies
Time to Get Out of the Bath, Shirley (1978) 75 copies, 6 reviews
Opposites (1985) 74 copies
Aldo (1991) 74 copies, 1 review
Where's Julius? (1986) 72 copies, 3 reviews
Picnic (2013) 64 copies, 4 reviews
The Way to the Zoo (2014) 55 copies, 4 reviews
The Dog (1966) 54 copies, 1 review
The Blanket (1962) 50 copies
Whaddayamean (1999) 49 copies, 2 reviews
Hushabye (2000) 47 copies
The Friend (1966) 46 copies, 4 reviews
The Baby (1974) 43 copies
Motor Miles (2016) 41 copies, 3 reviews
Seasons (1829) 38 copies
John Burningham's 123 (1985) 34 copies
Tug of War (2012) 28 copies, 1 review
Mouse House (2017) 25 copies
The snow (1974) 25 copies
Humbert (1975) 25 copies
The Rabbit (1974) 24 copies
The School (1974) 23 copies
Air Miles (2021) 18 copies, 4 reviews
John Burningham's France (1998) 18 copies
The Cupboard (1975) 14 copies
Alphabet Book (Concepts) (1987) 14 copies
Letters (2003) 12 copies
Around the World in Eighty Days (1972) 11 copies, 1 review
Grand Band (1989) 11 copies
A Good Job (1988) 7 copies
More Would You Rather (2018) 7 copies
Wobble Pop (Noisy Words) (1984) 6 copies
Slam bang (Noisy Words) (1984) 6 copies
Jangle Twang (1984) 6 copies
Skip Trip (1984) 5 copies
England (1992) 5 copies
Animal Chatter (1989) 5 copies
Sniff Shout (Noisy Words) (1984) 5 copies
Read One (1983) 4 copies
Mr Gumpy's Rhino (2019) 4 copies
Car Ride (1988) 4 copies
Ride Off (Number Play) (1983) 3 copies
Lionland Frieze (1981) 2 copies
Harquin der Fuchs (1980) 2 copies
Cadê o Júlio? 2 copies
Jungleland Frieze Mural (1981) 2 copies
Logis de souris (2017) 2 copies
Pigs Plus (1983) 2 copies
Count Up (Number Play) (1983) 2 copies
Die Kahnfahrt (1984) 1 copy
Malo Mobile (2016) 1 copy
野餐(精) (2015) 1 copy
Vroum bang (1984) 1 copy
Wo ist denn Julius (1987) 1 copy
L'Ecole 1 copy
La Neige 1 copy
Le Bébé 1 copy
Wir bekommen ein Baby (2011) 1 copy
Bébé balèze (1992) 1 copy
Albert kommt (1999) 1 copy
Heel/stuk 1 copy

Associated Works

The Wind in the Willows (1908) — Illustrator, some editions — 24,171 copies, 329 reviews
Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang (1964) — Illustrator, some editions — 2,200 copies, 41 reviews
The Wind in the Willows: Novelisation (1996) — Illustrator, some editions — 6 copies
The Extraordinary Tug-of-War (1969) — Illustrator; Illustrator, some editions — 4 copies

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Trubloff, a little mouse, lives with his family (the “Trubs”) behind the walls of an inn in a tiny Central European village. Winters are very cold and very snowy, and villagers like to spend their evenings listening to travelling gypsy musicians in the inn’s Parlour Bar. They aren’t the only ones; Trubloff does, too. He is particularly attracted to the balalaika. After getting the local mouse craftsman, Nabakoff, to fashion a tiny one for him, Trubloff discovers that playing the instrument is harder than it looks. One of the kindly older gypsy musicians tells the little mouse that he would’ve given him lessons, but the troupe is on their way. Without telling his family, Trubloff, determined to learn to play, hides in the man’s pocket. He travels with the gypsies, gets nightly regular instruction, and becomes increasingly proficient.

Meanwhile, there is trouble on the home front. The Trubs are most distressed at the disappearance of their balalaika-loving son and brother. Mama has actually become ill from the stress of it, as well as from the news that the innkeeper plans to drive the mice out of their home with the aid of some fierce farm cats. Learning that Trubloff is with the gypsies, the family sends his sister (on skis) to retrieve him. She succeeds. They have an eventful journey home, but when they arrive Trubloff’s return makes all the difference. Not only does Mama get better but Trubloff’s talent saves the family from the disaster of homelessness. When the innkeeper has no one to play one night, the balalaika-playing mouse volunteers his services. He is received with enthusiasm, gains a reputation, and the innkeeper is glad to have the Trubs stay on.

Burningham isn’t my favourite illustrator, but I still do love his books. They’re very well received by young children. This charming tale is no exception. The humorous illustrations and Slavic flavour make it particularly special.
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fountainoverflows | 2 other reviews | Jul 16, 2024 |
PreS-Gr 2—Adults notice that the text never uses the word "death." Very young children notice that Miles, an old
dog, is about to lean into his very best adventure. Slightly older children grasp all of it. Heartbreaking and
breathtaking, this is the very best book for the late Burningham to leave in his wake.
 
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BackstoryBooks | 3 other reviews | Apr 1, 2024 |
EducatingParents.org rating: Approved
Warning - one page with bathtub scene revealing little boys privates.
Illustrations do not portray the father of children being present. Could be a great a talking point for dads in the military or who travel for work.
 
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MamaBearLendingDen | 33 other reviews | Nov 21, 2023 |
Genre
Picture books for children
Tone
Feel-good
Illustration
Cartoony
Subject
Animals
Boating
Boating accidents
 
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kmgerbig | 23 other reviews | Apr 6, 2023 |

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