Search Results: "John Burningham"


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PICNIC by John Burningham
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"A very good 'good night.' (Picture book. 2-5)"
A picture-book master presents an engaging feast of a bedtime book. Read full book review >

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THE WAY TO THE ZOO by John Burningham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"As in so many of his other books, Burningham's appeal lies in his ability to invent a fantasy scenario available only to young children, accomplishing it again here with consummate grace.(Picture book. 2-5)"
What could be more exciting than discovering a hidden door in your bedroom that opens to a secret passageway to the zoo? Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 26, 1964

"The freely stylized illustrations in bold lines and appropriate, vivid colors are many and strong."
Borka, like the ugly duckling, was laughed into an inferiority complex. Read full book review >

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AVOCADO BABY by John Burningham
Released: Sept. 1, 1982

"With mediocre illustrations such a conceit might be as weak as the Hargraves—but Burningham's cartoons, as expertly ingenuous as the words, bring out all the kinetic humor of the situation while maintaining the tone of the text."
A scant 350 words tell matter-of-factly about the Hargraves baby, who is born into a very weak family but grows superstrong once its mother begins feeding it mashed avocado. Read full book review >

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WOULD YOU RATHER. . . by John Burningham
Released: Oct. 31, 1978

"The pictures are wonderfully zesty, childlike, and droll; and Burningham's ending ('or perhaps you would rather just go to sleep in your own bed') makes the whole exercise a choice bedtime book, to inspire any child's musings as (s)he drifts off to sleep."
Favorite childhood pastimes and mind play don't always survive translation to picture-book form, but Burnigham's free-floating, storyless imagination-stretcher is consistently felicitous. Read full book review >

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SEASONS by John Burningham
Released: Aug. 7, 1970

"The stock is heavy, the stitching chancy, but rebinding is feasible and it would be a pity to pass it by at either price."
So many eye-blinking picture books are in fact picture albums, empty of significant content, that it is good to have artistry unadorned, in the service of mood, moment, and surpassingly vibrant views. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 16, 1968

"Where youngsters will respond to the spoof of tally ho-kum, the pictures are sure to please."
The fox who disobeyed his father and went down to the valley redeemed himself by leading the hunters astray, thus saving the family den. Read full book review >

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IT’S A SECRET! by John Burningham
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"Bruce Ingman's Night on the Tiles (1999) offers a similar (if busier and more urbane) revelation, but the simpler plot and bigger pictures here will reveal the secret to larger and younger audiences. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Do cats sleep all day because they go somewhere at night? Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC BED by John Burningham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"However, one is never sure where it's coming from. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Georgie outgrows his crib and goes shopping for a bigger bed. Read full book review >

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HUSHABYE by John Burningham
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"Sleep tight. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Gently changing rhythms and drifting into and out of rhyme, the author of countless toddler favorites enjoins pajama-clad tots to follow a trio of kittens, a drowsy baby, three tired bears, and other weary creatures down to slumberland. Read full book review >

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COURTNEY by John Burningham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Witty, well told, and superbly illustrated. (Picture book. 4-8)"
One of Britain's most thoughtful and creative picture-book makers gives a familiar scenario his own inimitable spin. Read full book review >

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TUG-OF-WAR by John Burningham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Young audiences will relish the outcome of this simple trickster tale and likely be startled into laughter by its edgy language. The little runts. (no source note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
Burningham charges up selected and rearranged illustrations from one of his early works with a new text that adds considerable bite. Read full book review >