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  • Writer's pictureElla Fothergill

Children's Book Review: Mr Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham

Updated: Mar 7

Age: 2+

Mr Gumpy is an older gentleman who lives a quiet life by the water. One sunny day, he hops onto his small boat to enjoy a lazy ride on the river.

The warm breeze, chirping crickets and vibrant blue water make it such a perfect outing. So perfect, in fact, that Mr Gumpy soon has a queue of animals hoping to join him. A cat, a dog, a rabbit, a pig, a sheep, a chicken, a calf and a goat all pile onto the teeny-tiny boat, with the only request that they MUST NOT FIGHT. What will happen .... ?

The gently-coloured pictures and rhythmic writing makes for a sweet, calm bedtime read. It’s a simple, gentle story with a high quality finish. Mr Gumpy’s Outing is a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book and Boston Globe-Horn Book winner. It’s gentle illustrations won John Burninngham the Kate Greenaway Medal twice. A lovely read.

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