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I did about 2000 covers altogether, for all sorts of books - from Shakespeare to James Bond - and I always had the idea that I must give 100%, no matter who the author was. ---->>>

I come from a family of business people, but I had the idea I wanted to become an artist. ---->>>

Then one day I thought it would be wonderful to make a whole book, to make my text and my drawings together, and that's how I started doing children's books. ---->>>

Before he went to sleep, I told him a little story about a rabbit we saw run around the beach house we rented. ---->>>

But we discovered that, although I liked publishing, the commercial side meant nothing at all to me. ---->>>

I have been drawing all my life. ---->>>

I thought it was amazing to work with authors, to get a manuscript and try to make up a cover for it. ---->>>

I thought it would be very nice to become Picasso or Rembrandt, or a van Gogh. ---->>>

I want a nice picture book with 12 pictures - I do my best with that format. ---->>>

Miffy has changed quite a lot since the early books, although I never realised it at the time. ---->>>

But I don't sit down and think: this is meant for children. ---->>>

Each book first begins with a little idea. ---->>>

My father realised that for me to become a publisher in his firm would have been the end of the firm! ---->>>

Right at the beginning, I didn't know if Miffy was a boy or girl. ---->>>

When I make a book, I make it for the child and not for the parent - no jokes in it for the parents! ---->>>

Now, I had been drawing all this time - especially in France of course - so, when I came back, my father gave me the chance to do a cover for one of the books he published. ---->>>


Born: 08-23, 1927
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Die: 2017-02-16
Occupation: Artist

Hendrik Magdalenus (Dick) Bruna (23 August 1927 – 16 February 2017) was a Dutch author, artist, illustrator and graphic designer. Bruna was best known for his children's books which he authored and illustrated, numbering over 200. His most notable creation was Miffy (Nijntje in the original Dutch), a small rabbit drawn with heavy graphic lines, simple shapes and primary colors (wikipedia)