Tuesday, January 18, 2011

gackern bähen

gackern bähen
Erste Wörter ~ John Burningham ~ Verlag Sauerländer, 1984


If you love old books like me, you often find yourself buying them in languages other than your own just because you adore the illustrations. It's hard to turn down John Burningham, no matter what the speak. I believe this is German (yes? no?) and I assume the title has something to do with the animal sounds "cluck" and "baa"... maybe? (Anyone. Anyone?) I'm hesitant to research what it is in English as part of the fun is having no idea what the words mean. Especially when the pencil and ink pictures are so hilarious. I've been a Burningham fan for a while, as his drawings are wonderful and the themes in his own writings are very real and often imperfect. Plus, the guy is married to Helen Oxenbury. How can you not love him?

I'll grunzen to that!

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The Snow

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4 comments:

ahoi! said...

Have you seen the John Burningham monograph? It's an impressive book. http://www.amazon.com/John-Burningham-Limited/dp/076364434X/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1295420987&sr=8-4

B. Streetman said...

no, but looking now. thanks.

Angelica said...

Totally made me smile just now. Thanks so much!

Chrstina Rodriguez said...

Very neat! It is German: grunt, babble, screech. The title means "Start Cackling" or something like that.

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