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Quentin Blake

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Quentin Blake Biography
Quentin Blake is a much celebrated English illustrator, author and lecturer. He was born in London in 1932 and is still very active, helping to decorate public spaces including hospitals, galleries and theatres with his drawings. In 2013 he was knighted for services to illustration and became Sir Quentin Blake.

Blake is best known as an illustrator, particularly for Roald Dahl books but he has also illustrated David Walliams books (The Boy in the Dress and Mr Stink) and has written over 35 books himself

Blake has a distinctive and quirky illustration style. His drawings are full of humour and he is able to convey energy, movement and character with just a few lines. He was the first ever Children’s Laureate 1999-2001 a position created by friends Michael Morpurgo and Ted Hughes to celebrate children’s books and children’s authors/illustrators.

Blake has a new book coming out in 2016, called The Tale of Kitty in Boots. It’s a new story from Beatrix Potter, written more than 100 years ago but never before published.

Quentin Blake Facts
Blake taught at the Royal College of Arts for over 20 years.

His first illustration was published in the satirical magazine Punch, when he was aged just 16 and still at school.

Blake has illustrated a book for the American author Dr. Seuss. He illustrated “Great Day for Up”, the first book by Dr. Seuss that he didn’t illustrate himself.

Quentin used to present the 1970s story-telling programme Jackanory on the BBC.

Our favourite Quentin Blake book characters
The BFG in Roald Dahl’s The BFG

Mr. Stink in David Walliams’ Mr. Stink

Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Mr Magnolia in Quentin Blake’s Mr Magnolia

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3rd March 2016

The Enormous Crocodile

The Enormous Crocodile starting to feel a bit peckish... what should he have for his lunch? This foul fiend - the greedi... MoreThe Enormous Crocodile

(23 reviews) Review
6th September 2018

Three Little Monkeys

A remarkable collaboration - that brings together giants of the picture book world - to create a funny, anarchic and u... MoreThree Little Monkeys

(18 reviews) Review
1st September 2011

Angelica Sprocket's Pockets

Angelica Sprocket lives next door. Her overcoat has pockets galore! And you'll never guess what's in them...Prepare to b... MoreAngelica Sprocket's Pockets

(15 reviews) Review
4th March 2010

Mister Magnolia: Celebrate Quentin Blake’s 90th Birthday

A classic, exuberant, rhyming picture book from the much-loved Quentin Blake.Mr Magnolia has only one boot.He has an old... MoreMister Magnolia: Celebrate Quentin Blake’s 90th Birthday

(8 reviews) Review
1st July 2004

Mrs Armitage Queen Of The Road

When Uncle Cosmo buys himself a motorbike and gives Mrs Armitage his boring old car, it soon becomes obvious that her dr... MoreMrs Armitage Queen Of The Road

(6 reviews) Review
17th February 1994

Cockatoos: Celebrate Quentin Blake’s 90th Birthday

When eccentric Professor Dupont tries to track down his troupe of brightly-coloured cockatoos, they're always just o... MoreCockatoos: Celebrate Quentin Blake’s 90th Birthday

(6 reviews) Review
5th April 2010

The Wishing-Chair Collection: Three stories in one!

Whizz off on three magical adventures in one bumper illustrated book from the world’s best-loved children’s author, Enid... MoreThe Wishing-Chair Collection: Three stories in one!

(6 reviews) Review
1st February 2017

The Story of the Dancing Frog

The heartbroken widow of a captain drowned at sea discovers a friendly amphibian at her lowest point. But he is no ordin... MoreThe Story of the Dancing Frog

(6 reviews) Review
6th May 1999

Mrs Armitage And The Big Wave

Ars Armitage arrives on the beach with her surfboard and her faithful dog Breakspear, and paddles out to sea to wait for... MoreMrs Armitage And The Big Wave

(5 reviews) Review
30th September 2010


Welcome to the wonderful world of Patrick! For when he plays his violin, the most extraordinary things start to happen: ... MorePatrick

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