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Quentin Blake

  • 4 stars across 56 books
    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 https://toppsta.com/authors/profile/quentin-blake

    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
    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... More

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    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... More

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    3rd March 2016

    The Enormous Crocodile

    The Enormous Crocodile is planning what to have for his lunch. This foul fiend - the greediest croc in the whole river... More

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    4th March 2010

    Mister Magnolia

    Mr Magnolia has only one boot. He has an old trumpet that goes rooty-toot - And two lovely sisters who play on the flut... More

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    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... More

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    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... More

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    17th February 1994

    Cockatoos

    When eccentric Professor Dupont tries to track down his troupe of brightly-coloured cockatoos, they're always just one s... More

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    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... More

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    30th September 2010

    Patrick

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

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    27th September 2012

    Quentin Blake's Nursery Rhyme Book

    In this brilliant collection of traditional rhymes, Quentin Blake is in his element. Come and join him and meet the fabu... More

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    1st July 2010

    Angelo

    Angelo and his family travel round the country playing music, singing songs and performing marvellous balancing tricks: ... More

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    5th August 2010

    Snuff

    'Snuff, at this rate it will be a very long time before we make a knight out of you.' Snuff can't wait to be a knight an... More

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    2nd April 1998

    Clown

    * INTERNATIONAL BOLOGNA RAGAZZI AWARD WINNER 1996 * SMARTIES BOOK PRIZE CATEGORY WINNER 1996 * KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL SHOR... More

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    7th September 2000

    Zagazoo

    Zagazoo is a baby like no other. In this quite exceptional picture book young readers will be delighted by the hilariou... More

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    20th February 1992

    All Join In

    'And if Ferdinand decides to make a chocolate fudge banana cake What do we do? For goodness sake! We ALL JOIN IN!' This... More

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    2nd October 2003

    Loveykins

    One bright spring morning, after a night of gales in the great woods, Angela Bowling discovers a small helpless bird who... More

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    1st May 2003

    Sailing Boat In The Sky

    While walking along the beach one day, Isobel and Nicholas discover a strange looking wreck. As they begin to put it tog... More

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    27th September 2012

    Jack and Nancy

    Jack and Nancy love to hear the sailors tell of adventures far away. But one day, they are walking on the cliffs and it ... More

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    1st May 1999

    Mister Magnolia

    Mr Magnolia has only one boot. He has an old trumpet that goes rooty-toot - And two lovely sisters who play on the flute... More

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    5th September 2013

    Three Little Owls

    Three Little Owls is a charming rhyming story by the Italian artist Emanuele Luzzati, here in an English version by John... More

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    10th April 2008

    Quentin Blakes Ten Frogs: A Book About Counting in English and French

    'Ten Frogs/Dix Grenouilles' is Quentin Blake's wonderfully illustrated counting book written in both English and Frenc... More

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    20th February 1992

    Ace Dragon

    One of a series of early reading books with large print and colour illustrations, this is the story of a dragon who wear... More

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    1st September 2014

    Five of Us

    THE FIVE OF US is a captivating tale of adventure, friendship and teamwork from one of Britain's best-loved illustrators... More

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    3rd November 2005

    Angel Pavement

    Corky and Loopy are two perfectly normal girls. They like chocolate biscuits, fizzy drinks, screaming at each other and ... More

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    19th April 2010

    Quentin Blake's Ten Frogs / Diez Ranas: English and Spanish Edition

    Populat book NOW IN SPANISH! A fun way for young children to learn their animals and numbers in another languag... More

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    4th May 2000

    The Green Ship

    Two children find the Green Ship when they climb over the wall into what is more like a forest than a garden. The ship h... More

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    3rd October 1996

    Quentin Blake's Nursery Rhyme Book

    One of a series of small-format paperback editions of popular picture books, this is a collection of quirky nursery rhym... More

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    6th May 1999

    Mrs Armitage on Wheels

    Mrs Armitage sets off for a quiet cycle with her faithful dog, Breakspear, but she just can't help thinking of ways to i... More

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    7th November 2013

    Enormous Crocodile

    The Enormous Crocodile is a horrid greedy grumptious brute who loves to guzzle up little boys and girls. But the other a... More

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    4th June 2015

    The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus

    Roll up, roll up for the Fabulous Foskett Family Circus! There's Milly and Willy who perform with young Fred, who does ... More

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    27th September 2012

    The Quentin Blake Treasury

    The Quentin Blake Treasury contains: All Join In * Quentin Blake's Nursery Rhyme Book * Patrick * Angelica Sprocket's Po... More

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    27th September 2012

    Quentin Blake's ABC

    'A is for Apples, some green and some red, B is for Breakfast we're having in bed.' With a simple rhyming text and chara... More

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    10th December 1997

    Danse, Danse

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    3rd February 2000

    Mrs.Armitage and the Big Wave

    MINI TREASURES: delightful mini picture books to treasure forever. ONE STORMY NIGHT 'One Stormy night, the wind was howl... More

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    31st August 2013

    Uncle

    Uncle is a millionaire elephant who has a B.A. and wears a purple dressing gown. He lives in a labyrinth of skyscrapers ... More

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    3rd October 1996

    The Puffin Book of Nonsense Verse

    Ever eaten Poodle Strudel? Slain a Jabberwock? Bathed in Irish Stew? Quentin Blake is one of the best loved of children'... More

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    19th March 2009

    Quentin Blake's Ten Frogs (Board Book)

    Count along with Quentin Blake's entertaining animals in this fun-filled board book for little readers. On Crow, Two G... More

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    10th November 1993

    The Singing Tortoise: And Other Animal Folktales

    A retelling of eleven animal folktales, includes The crocodile and the jackal, The coyote and the ravens, The turkey gir... More

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    8th January 2015

    Tell Me a Picture

    In 2001, Quentin Blake - the first Children' s Laureate - chose twenty-six of his ... More

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    3rd May 2001

    Fantastic Daisy Artichoke

    Meet Fantastic Daisy Artichoke. She's got three fat cats we like to stroke and a pond in which she likes to soak...She i... More

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    1st March 1999

    Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered

    Quentin Blake is one of the most celebrated illustrators in the world today, and the best person imaginable to col... More

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    7th October 2004

    Mister Magnolia

    Mister Magnolia has only one boot - he has an old trumpet, two sisters, a pond, green parakeets, some fat owls, a scoote... More

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    9th May 1998

    All Join in

    A musical interpretation of some of Quentin Blake's favourite stories including "All Join In", "Mr Magnolia", "Mrs Armi... More

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    2nd October 2008

    You're Only Young Twice

    Quentin Blake's drawings have been entertaining children and their parents for as long as any of us can remember, but th... More

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    1st April 2018

    The Marzipan Pig

    From the inimitable team of Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake, the pair behind Captain Najork and The Twenty Elephant Rest... More

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    17th August 2017

    The World's Laziest Duck: and other Amazing Records

    Which fish holds the world record for most escape attempts? Which human cannonball traveled the furthest? What is the wo... More

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    7th June 2018

    The Five of Us

    The Five of Us is a captivating tale of adventure, friendship and teamwork from one of Britain's best-loved illustrators... More

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    1st October 1995

    Simpkin

    A picture book featuring Simpkin, who is fat and thin, sensible and silly, smooth and rough. And when he's really needed... More

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    10th September 1992

    Snuff

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    28th December 2017

    Three Little Monkeys

    A remarkable collaboration - that brings together giants of the picture book world - to create a funny, anarchic and utt... More

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    7th March 2013

    Mister Magnolia & Angelica Sprocket's Pockets (Flip Book)

    One way up you have the marvellous Mister Magnolia - rooty toot toot! The other way up rejoice in the rhyme of Angelica ... More

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    1st June 2019

    Three Little Monkeys #2

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

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