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John Burningham

Hear John Burningham talk about his brilliant life’s work as author illustrator on this Guardian video.

His drawings and paintings are so beautiful, but even more his stories are such perfect children’s picture book stories.

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sara fanellii and company

The Guardian has a series on great illustrators. Here’s Sarah Fanelli:

Sara Fanelli’s originality has brought a breath of fresh air to the world of British picture books. With an off-beat sense of humour and an inventive approach to everything from page design and typography to choice of materials…

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The artists in the other Great Children’s Illustrators series are also all brilliant stars in the world of children’s books:

John Burningham

Satoshi Kitamura

Michael Foreman

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goodnight moon

Sam is still not a keen sleeper.

I used to try The Gartan Lullaby. Not as tunefully as this of course:

Sleep, my son, the red bee hums
The silent twilight’s fall
The lady from the grey rock comes
To wrap the world in thrall
My darling boy, my pride, my joy
My love and hearts desire
The cricket sings his lullaby
Beside the dying fire

Dusk is drawn and the green man’s thorn
Is wrapped in wreaths of fog
The fairies sail their boat till dawn
Across the starry bog
My darling son, the pearl-white moon
Has drained her cup of dew
And weeps to hear the sad, sweet song
I sing, my love, to you

(Robin Williamson’s version)

Hypnotic incantatory picture books didn’t have much more effect.

I tried Husherbye by master illustrator / author John Burningham.

The classic Goodnight Moon was another one. It had more chance as a book than as a movie, but most times it was me that fell to sleep first.

Maybe it will work for you; perhaps you’ll wake up at 3 am with your head on the keyboard…

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