Dick Bruna's Iconic Apple Picture Book Republished after 60 Years


The Apple, Dick Bruna’s first picture book before he created his iconic character Miffy, has been republished by Tate to mark the title’s 60th anniversary this August.

Featuring a charming story about a little rosy apple that is taken on an adventure by a bird, The Apple is available in stores from today, 1 August 2013, alongside two other titles by Dick Bruna: The School, out of print since 1968, and new book, On My Scooter. All three books are published in hardback, priced £4.99 each, available from all good book stores.

The 12 illustrations in The Apple are the first expression of Dick Bruna’s signature style, now familiar to generations worldwide. Created in 1953 whilst he was still working as a freelance graphic designer in his father’s publishing house in Amsterdam, The Apple shows Dick Bruna experimenting with form and shape, using bold black outlines and bright, contrasting primary colours.

Having published The Apple in the Netherlands, Dick Bruna produced several more picture books over the next two years, before creating the little bunny character Miffy, which brought him international 

Dick Bruna Exhibition at Foyles Book Shop, London: Tate is marking the publication and 60th anniversary of The Apple with an exhibition of Dick Bruna’s artwork at the Foyles Café, Charing Cross Road, London from 6 – 29 August, together with children’s colouring activities throughout all branches of Foyles. In addition, look out for The Apple-themed activities at all Tate cafés, including apple desserts and a Dick Bruna library, throughout August.