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“Subtle and brilliant.” -- TES

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Adorable Granpa nurses his granddaughter?s dolls, mistakes her strawberry-flavoured pretend ice cream for chocolate, and falls in with her imaginary plans to captain a ship to Africa. It is a friendship that children who read this book will long remember.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099434083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099434085
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,339,428 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jump___ on October 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My 3-year old daughter likes this book a lot and so do I, both the pictures and the simple yet affecting story. It is basically a series of scenes of the little girl playing with her granpa, each accompanied with just a few words spoken, such as a scene where she is playinmg with mudcakes and granpa says "'This is a lovely chocolate ice cream.'to which she says 'It's not chocolate, it's strawberry.'" or another scene--that resonates only too well with real life--where granpa seems peeved and someone, perhaps the girl's mother off-stage, says "That was not a nice thing to say to granpa." And these scenes are interspersed with scenes of imagination or wistful memory, in a playful and clever way. The illustrations are beautiful, to our eyes anyway; they are perhaps somewhat rough or sketchy, but the author's technique is always fresh, engaging and colorful. (We have 6 or 7 of his books now, this one being the favorite.) The book is quite moving, as you will see. Our 3-year old is delighted with every page of the book, but also seems to, you know, sort of get the deeper drift of it. An excellent book, entertaining, subtle, moving.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Ordway on February 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
this book is incredible! the movie format is magical. i bought it for my daughter before my father died. we loved it. after my father died, i could not open the book for over a year. it was so heartbreaking. but, now it's so comforting. wonderful book for all ages. movie is a great companion.
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By T.D on July 8, 2014
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