John Burningham was born in 1936 and has a great collection of works and he believes that, "My audience is not just children, it’s broader than that, it’s people. And whilst I’m working towards simplification, I’m trying to steer away from childish things" With that motto, John has built a great audience for his work in the past 40 years, and even branched out into cinema with Granpa and Oi! Get off my Train. He is best known for the illustrative work on Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang from In Fleming.
Edwardo is an ordinary boy who does his best to live up to grown-ups’ expectations. So when they rant at him for being the clumsiest, noisiest, nastiest, cruelest, messiest, and dirtiest boy in the whole wide world, he becomes all those things with a vengence, thus earning the title of the horriblest boy in the whole wide world. How Edwardo becomes the nicest boy in the whole wide world will be appreciated by ordinary little boys everywhere. John Burningham’s amusing illustrations bring a lighthearted touch to the power of positive reinforcement.