Sir Quentin Blake

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Books

Quentin Blake has been drawing ever since he can remember and has always made his living as an illustrator, though for many years he taught at the Royal College of Art, where he was Head of the Illustration Department from 1978 to1986. He is known for his collaborations with writers such as Russell Hoban, John Yeoman, and most famously Roald Dahl. He has also illustrated classic books for adults and created much-loved characters of his own such as MR MAGNOLIA and MRS ARMITAGE. MR MAGNOLIA was winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1988; ALL JOIN IN won the Kurt Maschler Award in 1990; and CLOWN won the International Bologna Ragazzi Prize in 1996. He also curates exhibitions and is a Patron of the Campaign for Drawing.

Quentin Blake was made an OBE in 1988, and, in the words of The Guardian, was ‘already a national institution’ when he was appointed the first ever Children’s Laureate in 1999. In the spring of 2002 he was named Illustrator of the Year in the Hans Christian Andersen Awards, and collected his CBE in 2005.

In 2016, two new works illustrated by Quentin will be published: THE TALE OF KITTY IN BOOTS (Penguin), a previously unpublished Beatrix Potter story, and THREE LITTLE MONKEYS (HarperCollins Children's Books), a collaborations between Quentin and his former student, Emma Chichester Clark. 

 

Children's

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THE FIVE OF US

2014

Tate

THE FIVE OF US is a captivating tale of adventure, friendship and teamwork from one of Britain's best-loved illustrators. Angie, Ollie, Simona, Mario and Eric are five fantastic friends, each of whom has an unusual ability. Disaster strikes on a day out to the countryside but, working together and combining their individual powers, the Fantastic Five save the day. Teeming with Quentin Blake's characteristic sense of fun and his exuberant illustrations, THE FIVE OF US is also a powerful, though subtle, reminder that the world is a better place when we focus on what we can do, rather than on what we can't.

THE BOY IN THE DRESS

2009

HarperCollins

The sparkling debut children’s novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country.

Illustrated by Quentin Blake and brilliantly written by David Walliams, The Boy in the Dress is full of the sharp humour and vivid characters you would expect from the co-creator and co-star of Little Britain.

It is also a timeless and hilarious fable about what happens when an ordinary boy does something extraordinary – and the way that people, even the petty and cruel, can surprise you in the end. Quentin's illustrious black and white drawings are interspersed throughout, forming a perfect accompaniment to this funny and touching story.

MR STINK

2009

HarperCollins

The second original, touching, twisted, and most of all hilarious novel for children from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country – beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake.

"Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…”

It all starts when Chloe makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. Yes, he smells a bit. But when it looks like he might be driven out of town, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed.

Now Chloe's got to make sure no one finds out her secret. And speaking of secrets, there just might be more to Mr Stink than meets the eye… or the nose.

MICHAEL ROSEN'S SAD BOOK

2011

UK:Walker Books (Translation: Walker Books)

We all have sad stuff - maybe you have some right now, as you read this. What makes Michael Rosen most sad is thinking about his son, Eddie, who died. In this book he writes about his sadness, how it affects him and some of the things he does to try to cope with it. Whether or not you have known what it's like to feel really deeply sad, the truth of this book will surely touch you.
Quentin Blake's beautiful and poignant illustrations were produced in full collaboration with Michael Rosen's words, making this a wonderful example of the many books Quentin produces with other writers.

MR STINK

2009

World; HarperCollins

The second original, touching, twisted, and most of all hilarious novel for children by David Walliams – beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake.
"Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…”

It all starts when Chloe makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. Yes, he smells a bit. But when it looks like he might be driven out of town, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed.

Now Chloe's got to make sure no one finds out her secret. And speaking of secrets, there just might be more to Mr Stink than meets the eye… or the nose.

D IS FOR DAHL

2005

UK: Viking Children's Books; US: Viking Juvenile; Japanese: Hyronsha; Dutch: De Fontein Jeugd

From Aardvark to Zipfizzing, this is THE alphabetical guide to everything you ever needed to know - and a lot that you didn't - about Britain's best-loved, bestselling children's writer, packed with fascinating and completely unnecessary facts about Dahl's life, books and family. With snippets from his school reports, secrets that he shared with his best friends and the truth about where he got the inspiration for his most famous creations - once you dip in to D is for Dahl you'll be sucked into an irresistible vortex and come out a complete Dahlmaniac!

ANGEL PAVEMENT

2005

UK: Jonathan Cape Children's Books; (Translation: Jonathan Cape)

Corky and Loopy are two perfectly normal girls. They like chocolate biscuits, fizzy drinks, screaming at each other and drawing. But they are also a little bit special - because they are angels. One day they visit Sid, a pavement artist. Sid is sad because he wants to take part in the big drawing competition but can't work out how the judges will ever get to see his work. Corky and Loopy decide to help and give him a very special pencil from their collection. So begins a bright and colourful adventure from the brilliant Quentin Blake.

THE TALE OF KITTY IN BOOTS

2016

Penguin

"A serious, well-behaved young black cat, who leads a daring double life defeating vile villains."

When Miss Kitty sneaks out to go hunting in her beautiful boots she gets herself into all sorts of scrapes, but on this particular night she meets the foxiest hunter of them all - Mr. Tod!

This utterly entertaining tale is filled with mistaken identities, devious villains and even an appearance from Peter Rabbit.

THREE LITTLE MONKEYS

2016

HarperCollins

A remarkable collaboration – that brings together giants of the picture book world – to create a funny, anarchic and utterly delightful picture book. A classic of the future.
Hilda Snibbs had three little monkeys. Their names were Tim and Sam and Lulu. They were very lively…

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

2010

UK: Atlantic Books

With text by John Julius Norwich, this is a delightful spoof of the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas", which records the daily thank-you letters from one increasingly bemused young lady to her unseen admirer: from initial gratitude for the delightful partridge in the sweet little pear tree, through to dismay and distress and finally a solicitor's letter, as a bacchanalia of pipers, scantily clad dancers and the full percussion section of the Liverpool Philharmonic create mayhem outside her door. The witty full-colour drawings by Quentin Blake are a perfect accompaniment to the irrepressible humour of this sparkling little book.

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