Despite being married for more than 50 years, [Burningham & Oxenbury] have collaborated on only one book – 2010’s There’s Going to Be a Baby. “It’s much easier if we don’t really,” said Burningham, who works on the ground floor of their home, while Oxenbury has an outside studio. They do show each other drawings that they aren’t quite happy with. “I’ll say to John, ‘What do you think of this?’ And it’ll be something that has proved to be very difficult and I’ve spent a long time over it, and all he says is, ‘Absolutely no good.’ It’s terribly depressing and you have to start again. And I do the same for him.”
“Absolutely, yes,” said Burningham. “We can take it in small doses, but if we worked in the same studio it would be dreadful.” “Feathers would fly,” said Oxenbury.