Miles is a very difficult dog... Until he is given his very own motor car and learns to love the open road!
This enigmatic story is a joy to read, gently exploring the transformational power of freedom. John's distinctive, expressive artwork is stunning, whether it's his instantly recognisable characters or the expansive, contemplative spreads of colour, as Miles discovers the joys of the road. This is a story that children will immediately engage with, while parents absorb the magically nostalgic air and subtle celebration of change and growing up.
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
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);
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).
John is married to the illustrator, Helen Oxenbury. They have three children, three grandchildren and a dog named Miles. They live in London.