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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 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
11th February 2016

Matilda

"A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero" - David Walliams "So Matilda's strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured... MoreMatilda

(232 reviews) Review
6th September 2007

The Twits

"A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero" David Walliams Mr and Mrs Twit are extremely nasty, so the Muggle-Wump monk... MoreThe Twits

(230 reviews) Review
11th February 2016

The BFG

'A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero' - David Walliams On a dark, silvery moonlit night, Sophie is snatched from h... MoreThe BFG

(193 reviews) Review
11th February 2016

George's Marvellous Medicine

'A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero' - David Walliams WARNING: DO NOT try to make George's Marvellous Medicine yo... MoreGeorge's Marvellous Medicine

(161 reviews) Review
11th February 2016

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

'The ultimate children's story' - David WalliamsGreetings to you, the lucky finder of this Gold Ticket from Mr Willy Won... MoreCharlie and the Chocolate Factory

(160 reviews) Review
6th September 2007

James and the Giant Peach

A brand-new phizzwhizzing novelty edition!James and the Giant peach is a children's classic that has captured young read... MoreJames and the Giant Peach

(97 reviews) Review
2nd January 2014

The Boy in the Dress

NEW BOOK AND CD PACK - The sparkling debut children's novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest gro... MoreThe Boy in the Dress

(84 reviews) Review
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Mr Stink

The second original, touching, twisted, and most of all hilarious novel for children from David Walliams, number one bes... MoreMr Stink

(79 reviews) Review
2nd June 2016

Fantastic Mr Fox (Colour Edn)

Phizzwhizzing new cover look and branding for the World's NUMBER ONE Storyteller!Fantastic Mr Fox - the legendary tale o... MoreFantastic Mr Fox (Colour Edn)

(72 reviews) Review
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Esio Trot

Phizzwhizzing new cover look and branding for the World's NUMBER ONE Storyteller!This is the wonderful and warm-hearted ... MoreEsio Trot

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