This is the story of Humbert, a working horse, Mister Firkin, his master, and the Lord Mayor of London. Mister Firkin was a scrap-iron dealer and he would travel the streets of London with Humbert, shouting 'Any scrap, any old iron for sale?' The Brewery horses are terrible snobs and show off about how important they are because they are used in the Lord Mayor's Show. But when disaster strikes, it's Humbert who rushes to rescue and escorts the Mayor to Mansion House.
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(280mm x 216mm x 3mm)
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
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A four-by-four red and ruffled Lord Mayor riding on a stove in Mr. Firkin the junkman's wagon, drawn by the determined horse Humbert - when the coach and four broke down. Humbert insisted on volunteering. Burningham (like another Britisher we could mention) is so good he's sometimes too good - too much textured sky, too many scarlet-to-purple buildings looking like London on fire, too big a crowd of abase caricatures - but when he concentrates on Humbert and the Lord Mayor, on Mr. Firkin enjoying his sandwich and his pint, he packs a very funny Punch. The plot, however, is just another poor-horse-makes-good. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - John Burningham
John Burningham is one of the most prestigious and well-loved illustrators working in the children's book field today. Trained at the Central School of Art, his first picture book, Borka was published in 1963. He has won the Kate Greenaway Award twice for Borka and Mr Gumpy's Outing, and has enjoyed a distinguished career spanning over 45 years.