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The Shopping Basket (Picture Lions) Paperback – 12 May 1983

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Lions; New edition edition (12 May 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006621481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006621485
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 15.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,681,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Burningham studied illustration and graphic design at the Central School of Art, graduating with distinction in 1959. Many illustration commissions followed including iconic posters for London Transport, before the publication of Borka: the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers, John's first book for children (Cape, 1963) which won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration and heralded the beginning of an extraordinary career.

John Burningham has since written and illustrated over thirty picture books, that have been translated and distributed all over the world. These feature his classic and much loved children's books including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, by Ian Fleming (Jonathan Cape, 1964); Mr Gumpy's Outing (Jonathan Cape, 1970) also awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal; Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (Jonathan Cape, 1972); The Shopping Basket (Random House, 1980); The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Penguin/Puffin, 1983); Granpa (Jonathan Cape, 1984) later made into an animated film and Oi! Get off our Train (Jonathan Cape, 1989) and various books for adults England (Jonathan Cape, 1992); France (Jonathan Cape, 1998); The Time of Your Life (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2002) and When We Were Young (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2004).

Tug of War was republished in 2012, and a special edition of Borka, celebrating 50 years in print, was published in June 2013. Picnic appeared in the autumn of 2013 and The Way to the Zoo was published in the UK in 2014. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is celebrating its 50th year in print with a limited edition in hardback to be published in 2015.

John is married to the illustrator, Helen Oxenbury. They have three children, three grandchildren and a dog named Miles. They live in London.

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"A classic story" (Nursery World)

"One of the best writers in the business" (Financial Times)

"The language of children is Burningham's" (TES) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Tea-time is looming, and Steven is sent out to the corner shop. Along the way he meets several shady characters who are only too willing to lighten Steven's basket by helping themselves to his shopping! Only by his quick wits can Steven outsmart the bullies and save his tea. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This is a favourite of mine. My mum read it with different voices for each of the animals and it had us rolling about with laughter. The pictures are great and its a bit surprising because he doesnt look like the sort of boy who would stand up to bullies. I will read this book to my children.
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We got The Shopping Basket out at the library and my son loved this book. We had to buy it as we couldn't just keep on re-newing it every month. He loves the humour and how the boy Steven outwits each animal that tries to take from his shopping basket on his route home. The pictures may seem a bit dated now but the story more than makes up for it. It's helped my son learn to read and he gets great enjoyment telling me what happens to each animal as they fall for Steven's plan to get away from them. I didn't hold any high hopes for it when we first sat down to read it, but what a suprise. A simple but really clever story. Well worth reading.
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This book was fantastic fun for my Reception class. We used it first as a funny story and secondly as a way of talking about subtraction. Excellent fun to act out too!.
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My children, now teenagers, loved this book. We unearthed it during a recent 'clear out' and under no circumstances could we get rid of it! They still remembered it with fondness and so did I. There are different characters in the story and the fun is creating different voices for each one, you can't help yourself really. I bought the new one for a friends grandchild and I'm sure it will be as loved and as well read as our copy.
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I appear to be in a minority, but I find this book quite unpleasant. The animals threaten the boy, and it seems sad to give children such an unnecessarily negative impression of animals (whether in the character's imagination or not). I should mention that I'm neither an animal rights activist nor even a vegetarian, but I was uneasy about reading this to my two year old.
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By hfffoman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 April 2015
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John Burningham has written many children's books with inspirational stories and pictures. This isn't one of them. It doesn't have any of the subtlety or the humanity of Aldo, Courtney, Shirley, Oi get off our train, nor does it have his best artwork. Most importantly, it didn't get much interest from the children.
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The Shopping Basket is a well written, humourous and intelligently written book, that a child can't help but return to time and time again to read with amusement awe and admiration for a fellow peer.
Steven is asked to run a simple errand by his mother. It invloves a trip to the local corner shop but on the way home... Steven meets a rich and varied range of animals demanding his shopping with menaces. After cunningly dealing with each animal in turn, he arrives home, but where his efforts appreciated?
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I read it out to children at nursery, but did not get a great feeling back. I read the book again to another group, same again. The end is abrupt, language occasionally more for adults. I will try again with props and use it as a maths activity. A bit dissappointed.
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