The most popular children's book ever written, lovingly illustrated by John Burningham
Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) was born in Edinburgh, but grew up with
relatives in Berkshire where he developed his love for the
countryside surrounding the upper parts of the River Thames. He was
educated at St Edward's in Oxford, but instead of going on to
Oxford University he joined the Bank of England, where he rose to
become Secretary. He wrote several books including The Golden
Age and Dream Days which includes the short story
'The Reluctant Dragon' (later made into a Disney movie).
Kenneth Grahame developed the character of Toad in The Wind in
the Willows to amuse his young son, Alistair. It was published
in 1908 and still remains a best-loved children's classic.
John Burningham was born in 1936. He studied illustration at the Central School of Art. His first children's book, Borka, was published in 1963, and it was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal as the best illustrated book of the year. John Burningham collaborated with Ian Fleming on Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, designing the model of the famous car. John Burningham lives in London with his wife Helen Oxenbury, also a well-known author and illustrator.