October 18, 2019
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Dick Bruna, creator of children’s favorite Miffy, dies

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch artist and children’s author Dick Bruna, whose much-loved cartoon rabbit Miffy has sold more than 80 million books since its creation in 1955, has died at the age of 89, his publisher said in a statement on Friday.

Bruna created the character to entertain his infant son after seeing a rabbit in the dunes while on a seaside holiday and went on to relate the giant-eared, orange-pullovered bunny’s adventures in more than 30 books sold worldwide.

Born in 1929 into a family of publishers, Bruna began his career as an illustrator of covers for books including Ian Fleming’s James Bond series and the Inspector Maigret thrillers of Georges Simenon.

Miffy, known as Nijntje in Dutch, was his best-known creation, enjoying great popularity in Asia and adorning lunchboxes the world over.

 



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