Mr. Gumpy is going to take his boat out for a ride, but many people and animals ask to go along. This is fine with him, as long as they follow his instruction about how to behave. They do great for a little while, but what do you think happens when they get restless out in the middle of the water?
You are probably right!
However, like most things, it’s all what you make of it. Mr Gumpy is a wonderful role model! He is open to sharing his life and making the best of any situation. John Burningham’s art is rarely the same in any of his books. He uses rich and unusual textures and techniques. Look up as many of his works as you can!