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Author photo. Husband and wife John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury.

Husband and wife John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury.

John Burningham (1936–2019)

Author of Mr. Gumpy's Outing

Includes the names: J BURNINGHAM, John Burmingham, John Burningham
Also includes: John Birmingham (3)

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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 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) — biography from Mr. Gumpy's Outing… (more)
Mr. Gumpy's Outing 1,485 copies, 25 reviews
Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car 514 copies, 9 reviews
Hey! Get Off Our Train 505 copies, 4 reviews
Would You Rather... 305 copies, 9 reviews
Avocado Baby 238 copies, 6 reviews
Granpa 215 copies, 10 reviews
Come Away From The Water, Shirley 212 copies, 27 reviews
There's Going to Be a Baby 201 copies, 33 reviews
Cannonball Simp 163 copies, 4 reviews
It's a Secret 153 copies, 11 reviews
The Shopping Basket 153 copies, 1 review
Cloudland 113 copies, 1 review
The Magic Bed 92 copies, 6 reviews
Courtney 82 copies, 2 reviews
Opposites 71 copies
Trubloff 69 copies, 2 reviews
Where's Julius? 68 copies, 3 reviews
Aldo 66 copies, 1 review
Picnic 57 copies, 4 reviews
The Way to the Zoo 52 copies, 4 reviews
The Dog 51 copies, 1 review
The Blanket 46 copies
Whaddayamean 46 copies, 2 reviews
The Friend 44 copies, 4 reviews
Motor Miles 42 copies, 3 reviews
Hushabye 41 copies
The Baby 41 copies
Seasons 35 copies
Tug of War 26 copies, 1 review
The snow 24 copies
Humbert 24 copies
The Rabbit 23 copies
Mouse House 22 copies
The School 22 copies
Air Miles 17 copies, 3 reviews
The Cupboard 13 copies
Letters 12 copies
Grand Band 8 copies
A Good Job 7 copies
Jangle Twang 6 copies
England 5 copies
Skip Trip 4 copies
Car Ride 4 copies
Read One 4 copies
Pigs Plus 2 copies
Heel/stuk 1 copy
Vroum bang 1 copy
Le Bébé 1 copy
The Wind in the Willows (Illustrator, some editions) 22,728 copies, 324 reviews
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Illustrator, some editions) 2,059 copies, 41 reviews
The Wind in the Willows: Novelisation (Illustrator, some editions) 6 copies
The Extraordinary Tug-of-War (Illustrator; Illustrator, some editions) 4 copies
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