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John Burningham: Behind the Scenes

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Written by:
John Burningham, with a contribution from Brian Alderson and a foreward from Maurice Sendak
Paperback, 300 x 230mm, 223 pages
Red Fox
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John Burningham: Behind the Scenes is a celebration of an extraordinary life in illustration. It traces the development of the artist from early childhood drawings and experiences through to the creative explosion of art school and beyond, bringing us to the publication of John's first book for children, Borka, the Adventures of a Goose with no Feathers, in 1963. Alongside the books for children there are further treats – posters for London Transport, magazine covers and a lamp in the form of a tower block are just some of those featured here. And there are the books for adults that also reveal a witty and perceptive artist: on a trip around the world in eighty days, or in the affectionate skewering of both England and France, or in the more recent tributes to both childhood and old age. Told in his own words, and featuring a foreward by Maurice Sendak and an introduction by the critic, Brian Alderson, this book is an indispensable guide to one of the defining illustrators of our time. This book is a first edition and it has been signed by John Burningham.

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