chased after them over the ground.”
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He did and slept in her bed.”
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I’m keeping things incredibly brief today. There’s been a lot of moving of furniture in our home (made all the more complicated by the fact that our house is tiny), and it’s been a lot like moving, as well as a game of Tetris. I’m about to fall right over, and it’s a tiny miracle I’m even getting this post up.
John Burningham is one of my favorite illustrators of all time. Today’s post celebrates the fact that he has two new illustrated titles out — The Way to the Zoo (Candlewick, August 2014) and the 50th anniversary edition of Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, coming from Candlewick in August.
Burningham created the original illustrations for Chitty, the only children’s book Ian Fleming wrote. (Fleming, as the story goes, wrote it for his son.) Published in 1964, it was then adapted to film four years later (with a screenplay by Roald Dahl, no less), as well as a 2002 musical. This deluxe anniversary edition of the novel is beautifully-designed (ah, silver endpages), and Burningham’s dynamic illustrations are expertly reproduced in all their glory.
The Way to the Zoo is a brand-new picture book and includes many things I’ve come to love about Burningham’s books over the years — secret passageways, adventures, and intrepid, young protagonists in a (mostly) adult-free world, to name but a few. In this one, a young girl discovers a door in the wall of her bedroom and, after exploring one night, discovers the door leads to the zoo. One by one, she brings animals back into her home until she has to take matters into her own hands (my favorite illustration of the book, where she gets “very upset”). Magic, mystery, Burningham’s glorious illustrations — this one’s a keeper.
She found herself in the zoo, with lots of animals looking at her.”
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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. Text by Ian Fleming copyright © 1964, 1964 by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. Illustrations copyright © 1964 by John Burningham. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a registered trademark of United Artists Corporation and Danjaq LLC used under license by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.
THE WAY TO THE ZOO. Copyright © 2014 by John Burningham. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA on behalf of Walker Books, London.
Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.
Forgive me again for an absence of kicks (I sorta did this last week), but I’m. wiped. out. Tell me YOUR kicks this week, while I continue to haul books around our tiny home.