Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Cloudland” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


3.49  ·  Rating details ·  100 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Albert and his mum and dad go walking one day in the mountains. Unfortunately, Albert slips and disappears over the edge of a cliff; his parents are very upset. Albert is lucky though - the Cloud Children see his fall and speak the magic words ("They either said, Fumble gralley goggle ho hee", or "Teetum waggle bari se nee", or was it "Gargle giggle fiddle num dee?") that ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published March 4th 1999 by Red Fox (first published August 1st 1996)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Cloudland, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Cloudland

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
This mixed-media picture book about a boy who tumbles into the clouds and meets other children there totally made me want to collage a story.

But I won't because I know it is not as easy as it looks.
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure how much I really liked this book but it is very creative and imaginative and I think I would have liked it as a kid as it is all about a boy who falls off a mountain while hiking with his parents and he ends up being rescued by the cloud children who live in the cloudlands and he has all sorts of adventures with them but ends up becoming homesick. The ending is very "Wizard of Oz" in the no-place-like home and did-it-really-happen sense.
Charlotte Dutton
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
John Burningham's Cloudland is an imaginative story about a young boy, Albert, and his adventure in Cloudland. Whilst high in the mountains with his parents, Albert slips and falls off the edge of a cliff but finds himself being saved by the children of Cloudland. Although he enjoys his time playing games with the children, he soon becomes homesick and begins to wonder how he is going to get back home. With the help from the Queen of Cloudland, the Wind and a few magic words, Albert soon finds h ...more
Jenni Holland
May 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing

My favorite illustrations of all time.
Jay Bushara
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Paper cut-out people against cloudy, moody skies. A boy goes hiking in the mountains with his parents when - oops! - he falls off of a cliff. This opening device may strike some readers as jarring - like one of Roald Dahl's rhinoceroses on the loose - though you cannot help paying closer attention to even the most insignificant details of cloud-games and cloud-parties that follow because, jeez, is this really all happening? What about his poor parents, for heaven sakes? Everyone's fine in the en ...more
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Our story time crowd was captivated by this gripping and fanciful story about little Albert who FALLS off a cliff while hiking back down a mountain with his parents.

Fortunately the children who live in the clouds saw him falling and said some magic words which had the effect of making him as light as a feather so he could be caught and put to bed on his very own cloud.

There are lots of adventures followed by a very satisfactory conclusion.

Burningham illustrates this drama by drawing cartoon-like
Whole And
Play in the clouds with John Buningham's creative expression with the children who live in the clouds, as Albert discovers after he falls from a cliff. Adventures in the sky are wonderful to nourish the imagination. Children make lots of noise with musical instruments to help the thunderstorm and paint the rainbows that come shortly thereafter. When Albert becomes tired of being away from his family, the Queen finds a way for him to go safely home.

Excellent resource for exploring a variety of cr
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book stirs the imagination. You can easily visualize children playing amongst the clouds in the sky. There was a reference to an upcoming storm where the children preceeded to be as loud as they could. I remember growing up with a story of people bowling when it was thundering and lightening. My kids enjoyed this book. I'm sure the next time we are outside on a nice cloudy day someone will reference this book.
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a really interesting picture book. Burningham's illustrations have a distinctive style--one that would be fun for kids to emulate. And, this book in particular is a kid favorite. Haven't you ever wondered if you could play in the clouds? I know I have--imagined sitting on them, sleeping on the cushiony softness that appears....
Dec 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
An creative story suitable for children.
photographs as background for drawn characters
adventure in clouds when boy 'falls from a cliffside'
neither of my kids asked to read it beyond the first time
Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it
A benign story about a child with a near death experience.
rated it really liked it
Jul 25, 2013
Emily Cox
rated it it was amazing
Oct 26, 2010
rated it really liked it
Apr 14, 2012
rated it really liked it
Apr 05, 2009
rated it it was ok
Jul 23, 2014
Philip Martin
rated it really liked it
Nov 29, 2016
rated it liked it
Jun 29, 2012
rated it liked it
Nov 28, 2009
rated it it was amazing
Aug 05, 2012
rated it really liked it
Oct 10, 2010
rated it really liked it
Aug 10, 2016
Christine Turner
rated it really liked it
May 18, 2008
rated it liked it
Dec 29, 2012
rated it really liked it
Jan 24, 2013
rated it liked it
Oct 30, 2016
rated it really liked it
May 12, 2018
rated it liked it
Dec 15, 2011
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Married to Helen Oxenbury They have one son and two daughters.

John Burningham was born in 1936 in Farnham, Surrey, and attended the alternative school, Summerhill. In 1954 he spent two years travelling through Italy, Yugoslavia and Israel, working at a variety of jobs.

From 1956-1959, he studied at the Central School of Art, after which he designed posters fo
More about John Burningham
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »