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Product details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406331082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406331080
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 0.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,850 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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"Funny, beautifully observed and rewarding to reread, right through to a baby's arrival and beyond." (Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times) "A very special book... warm, emotional and reassuring." (Bookseller)"

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From two of the world's best-loved picture-book creators, an absolute gem for new-siblings-to-be.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By coldcomfortHeart on 12 Sept. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the reviewer who says this book doesn't quite work- it was bought for my first son when I was pregnant with my second. Helen Oxenbury's illustrations are half wonderful (the mother and son) but the other half (the fantasy baby doing adult jobs like working at the bank and making lots of money, deemed to be very good) just don't flow. It addresses none of the issues or questions my son had about his new sibling. Annie Kubler's board books and Hello Baby (for a very beautiful and frank story of a home birth) are much better.

A shame as usually Oxenbury can do no wrong in my eyes and I have copies of her board books from my own babyhood that my children love now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Lass on 25 Sept. 2012
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I bought this for my son's family as they were expecting a second child, and I wasn't sure how their existing boy would take to a new addition.

A lovely book with delightful words and pictures that can provide valuable reassurance to children.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Murray Cumming on 19 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I hoped for more from these authors. The story doesn't quite work. There's a few too many specific details for the apparent target age, so I have to edit it as I read to make it seem relevant.

There are two alternating styles. One is a simple but beautiful series of the mother and son in daily life, but the second, about an imagined baby with various adult jobs, doesn't work. I'd prefer just a shorter book without the second story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Heath on 16 Nov. 2010
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Bought for Daughter and Grandson as a new baby is on the way. Most popular of several books on the subject she reads to him.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L H on 26 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
I read this book in a library today with my 2 year old nephew and thought it was horrible!! It would say things like "why is there a baby? I want it to go away" and "I hope the baby gets a job at the zoo so it gets eaten by a tiger" I thought this was an awful book so much so I felt I needed to review it so nobody buys it!!
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