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Mr. Gumpy lives by a river. One sunny day he decides to take a ride in his small boat. It is such a perfect idea, for such a perfect summer day, that he soon has company: first the children, then the rabbit, the cat, the dog, the pig, the sheep, the chickens, and still others until-- Mr. Gumpy's outing comes to an inevitable but not unhappy, conclusion. With "Mr. Gumpy's Outing," John Burningham became the first artist ever to win England's Kate Greenaway Medal twice. In America, the book was a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner and an American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 1971. "Come for a ride another day," says Mr. Gumpy at the book's end. And young readers will return again and again to this sprightly story with its clever, captivating illustrations that reflect the sunlit quality of a lazy summer afternoon. Winner of the 1972 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Picture BooksAn ALA Notable Children's BookWinner of the Kate Greenaway MedalA 1971 "New York Times" Book Review Best Illustrated Children's BookA Child Study Association Children's Book of the YearA Library of Congress Children's Book of the Year
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About the Author

John Burningham is a highly acclaimed author and illustrator with numerous books to his credit. With Mr. Gumpy's Outing, he became the first artist ever to win England's prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal twice. He lives in England.

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"Mr. Gumpy's little scow becomes a miniature ark when he takes two children and one each of the various domestic animals for a ride. . . . The water appears so warmly inviting, and the tea they all share so satisfying, that the promise of the first glowing page is fulfilled. Burningham's sketchy yellow lines make the sun shine on his pages, and his animals--sometimes jaunty, more often appealingly hesitant--are his alone, unostentatiously distinctive. Mr. Gumpy has bumbling charm, and his outing is an unqualified pleasure." --Kirkus Reviews "A real charmer of a picture book for the very young." --Booklist "Mr. Grumpy's Outing is out of sight." --School Library Journal Mr. Gumpy's little scow becomes a miniature ark when he takes two children and one each of the various domestic animals for a ride. . . . The water appears so warmly inviting, and the tea they all share so satisfying, that the promise of the first glowing page is fulfilled. Burningham's sketchy yellow lines make the sun shine on his pages, and his animals--sometimes jaunty, more often appealingly hesitant--are his alone, unostentatiously distinctive. Mr. Gumpy has bumbling charm, and his outing is an unqualified pleasure. Kirkus Reviews A real charmer of a picture book for the very young. Booklist Mr. Grumpy's Outing is out of sight. School Library Journal" Mr. Gumpy's little scow becomes a miniature ark when he takes two children and one each of the various domestic animals for a ride. . . . The water appears so warmly inviting, and the tea they all share so satisfying, that the promise of the first glowing page is fulfilled. Burningham's sketchy yellow lines make the sun shine on his pages, and his animals--sometimes jaunty, more often appealingly hesitant--are his alone, unostentatiously distinctive. Mr. Gumpy has bumbling charm, and his outing is an unqualified pleasure. Kirkus Reviews A real charmer of a picture book for the very young. Booklist Mr. Grumpy's Outing is out of sight. School Library Journal" "Mr. Gumpy's little scow becomes a miniature ark when he takes two children and one each of the various domestic animals for a ride....Mr. Gumpy has bumbling charm, and his outing is an unqualified pleasure."--"Kirkus Reviews" "A real charmer of a picture book for the very young."--ALA "Booklist" ""Mr. Gumpy's Outing" is out of sight."--"School Library Journal's" "Best of the Best, 1966-1978"

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