Thursday, 18 October 2012

John Burningham

I've developed into a real fan of John Burningham's children's books and often find myself choosing them to read to my daughter at bedtime. Some are really quite odd and funny and appeal to adults as much as they do children. I love 'Come away from the water, Shirley' (1977) and 'Time to get out of the bath, Shirley' (1978). I managed to find a large book all about his life and work and it's now become one of my favourite book to dip into. Here are some photos from it. Are there any other fans of his out there?







17 comments:

Tracey said...

I love his work too and also have that book which is fantastic!

verykerryberry said...

There is a huge warmth and quirk in his illustrations. I loved to read them to my daughter when she was little and still appreciate them now

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sittinginthekitchensink said...

Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present is one of my favourite Christmas stories - the watercolour wash landscapes in it are beautiful. Would You Rather is brilliantly silly and was a favourite in my classroom!

Jane Foster Blog said...

Yes, I read that one last night and my daughter doesn't like any of the choices!

Kath Grimshaw Illustration and Design said...

I love him - my favourite book as a young child was My Gumpy's Outing... apparently it was the first book I learnt to read and the pictures still make me fizzy with nostalgia. Both my boys prefer the boy version - Mr Gumpy's Motor Car because, of course, it has a car in it!

Flora said...

Massive fans in our house too! Especially "Would You Rather..." which, although brilliant, is kind of useless as a bedtime story as it gets the kids in such a frenzied state of hysterics!

Anna Lewis said...

Yes I absolutely love his stuff!
Its so free and honest and a change from all the 'perfect neat' looking work out there. It inspires me to get back to my rough style in my own work. Your new book looks cool by the way! Anna :)

Bornali Shade said...

Yes, I'm a huge fan but my 4 year old unfortunately is not - perhaps when she's older she'll "get" the humour. I hope...

Dotty Jo said...

Yes, yes, yes! I love his books - one of my favs is 'The friend'. it's out of print now but the illustrations are fabulous and so funny. I'm a big fan of retro children's illustrations and I think there wa some amazing work done in the 1970s. Try Googling Kate Greenaway winners and then search the individual illustrators if you want to find some truly inspirational work. I think John Burningham has won the award twice at least, Jo x

Sally Waters said...

We have 'The Magic Bed' which is a wonderful story - and my son is called George like the boy in the book - makes it a very special one for us! x

Helen said...

We absolutely adore John Burningham in our house. The kids still giggle at 'Would you rather' even though we've been reading it for years! I struggle reading 'Grandpa' now though as my Dad, their Grandpa died last year. We don't have this book so I am going to hunt it out and get it for Christmas - so thank you! xx

Genna Byrne said...

My favourite book of his is Borka, its such a sweet story.

Mrs Biddle said...

I absolutely love him too - Mr Gumpy is a favourite with our one year old at the moment. I saw a beautiful exhibition of his work in Newcastle when I was pregnant at the Seven Stories centre there. Have you been? It's a lovely place dedicated to children's books. Mrs B x

Jelly Jam said...

Big Mr Gumpy fan here! Just love all that cross hatching. As a teacher his books always feature during the Foundation year.
Ellie
x

Esther Cox said...

Have loved them since I was little. Seasons is still a favourite for fantastic textures and imagery.

WandaFish said...

Thanks for the introduction! I've now ordered my daughter's Christmas book to read on Christmas Eve :)

Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present - I'm excited!