John Burningham, children's author and illustrator, dies aged 82posted on 08 Jan 2019
John Burningham, the children’s author and illustrator behind some of the 20th century’s most enduring children’s books, has died at the age of 82.
The writer and artist died on Friday after contracting pneumonia, his literary agent confirmed on Monday.
Burningham, who last year was jointly given a lifetime achievement awardfrom children’s charity Booktrust with his wife and fellow illustrator Helen Oxenbury, wrote and illustrated dozens of books including Husherbye, Avocado Baby – inspired by their youngest daughter, whose favourite food was avocados - Granpa and Oi! Get Off Our Train.