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Gumdrop: Gumdrop Makes A Start (Knight Books) Paperback – 15 Oct 1992


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; New edition edition (15 Oct 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340398973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340398975
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 0.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,194,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps the very moment when Val decided to become an artist occurred during a maths lesson at school. Val had drawn a caricature of the teacher that made his friend, George, giggle. Impressed by Val's artistry, but unappreciative of the disruption to his lesson, the teacher banged both boys' heads together saying, "This young man will go far. But not, repeat, not during my lessons!"

Val was born in the city of Budapest, Hungary in 1921. Living with his parents in a big flat, overlooking the Houses of Parliament with a glimpse of the river Danube beyond. Val moved to England in 1939 to study art in London.

His work has been wide-ranging. Val's twenty-one year association with the Radio Times, where his art appeared on a regular basis, was where he established his name as an illustrator.

Val has created approximately 3,000 book covers during his career, including covers for C.S. Forester's "Hornblower" novels, and other greats such as Evelyn Waugh and Noel Coward, and has illustrated around 80 books for numerous British publishers.

In the 1960s Val created his own children's books. Taking inspiration from his own love of vintage cars (Val can be seen sat on the running board of the real Gumdrop, in the photo above), his Austin in particular, the Gumdrop series was born. Written and illustrated in Val's well-recognised, style and humour, it centres on Gumdrop, the vintage Austin motor car. Val has written and illustrated 37 Gumdrop titles in as many years. The series grew in popularity with many foreign editions sold worldwide, and even a cartoon series was made!

Val continues to illustrate children's books, currently working alongside Award Publications with a number of their titles - most notably the series of Treasuries including Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales, Charles Perrault's Mother Goose Fairy Tales, Aesop's Fables and Grimm's Fairy Tales.

After celebrating his 90th birthday in 2011, Val is still working hard and is currently writing and illustrating a brand new addition to the Treasuries, "Tales from the Arabian Nights"...look out for its release in 2013.

For more information visit Val's website: www.valbiro.co.uk

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Join Gumdrop for another exciting adventure --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Val Biro: Val Biro lives in West Sussex with his wife. He was born in Hungary and trained as an artist in Budapest before coming to London to study at the Central School. He worked in publishing before coming a freelance illustrator and starting this popular series based on the real Gumdrop, his own Austin 12/4 Heavy, 1926., Val Biro: Val Biro lives in West Sussex with his wife. He was born in Hungary and trained as an artist in Budapest before coming to London to study at the Central School. He worked in publishing before coming a freelance illustrator and starting this popular series based on the real Gumdrop, his own Austin 12/4 Heavy, 1926.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. G. Poyton on 13 Dec 2011
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At last We have the start of the Gumdrop story. It explains the background to all the other Gumdrop books in the normal entertaining and enjoyable way. A new favorite for the Grandson, I am sure Gumdrop will be the books that start him on a life of reading pleasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By netherton on 18 July 2011
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This is the first of the Gumdrop stories and as such sets the scene for all the others. I therefore purchased this for my 'car mad' five year old grandson, whose father adored the Gumdrop stories when he was a little boy. As expected, my grandson loved hearing how Mr Oldcastle came to own his 1928 vintage car and we are now collecting many of the other Gumdrop adventures.
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By HK on 2 July 2013
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We enjoyed Gumdrop when the children were small - now enjoying him again with grandchildren. Hope they love the car as much as we did.
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