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Quentin Blake is one of Britain's best-loved and most successful author-illustrators, and was made th first Children's Laureate in 1999.  He has won the Whitbread Award, the hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, been shortlisted for The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award which rewards the best in contemporary children's and young adult literature from all over the world and has won the Kate Greenaway Medal among others. 

He was born in 1932 and has been drawing ever since he can remember. His first drawing was published in Punch when he was only 16. He studied English at Downing College, Cambridge, and after that he did a postgraduate teaching diploma at the University of London. This was followed by a part-time course at Chelsea Art School.

Quentin has received many awards for his books including the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Children's Book Award, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award, the Bologna Regazzi Prize and the 2002 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, which is the highest international recognition given to creators of children's books.

He is also famous for illustrating books for other authors, including Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen and Russell Hoban. But he is most famous for the illustrations he did for Roald Dahl's books.

Quentin Blake was awarded the O.B.E. in 1988, and in 1999 he was appointed the first Children's Laureate. This position, which he held for two years, saw him undertaking lots of ambitious projects in his quest to spread the word about the exciting world of children's books.

His book Laureate's Progress in 2002, recorded many of his activities and the illustrations he produced during his two-year tenure. Quentin Blake was created CBE in 2005, is an RDI and has numerous honorary degrees from universities throughout the UK.

For parents who love Quentin Blake's illustrations, his book Beyond the Page  is a fascinating read. Blake writes about his projects since 2000, vividly describing his working processes, his collaborators, his travels, and his various projects and commissions, including his 'illustrated walls' projects for hospitals in the UK and France.

 


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You're Only Young Twice
You're Only Young Twice
Quentin Blake
A joyous celebration through Quentin's uniquely original illustrations of the art of ageing.  A delightful little picture book to share with any child, but parents and grandparents will delight in its contents too, so in that respect it will make...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Bookshelf Essentials
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2013
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Beyond the Page
Beyond the Page
Quentin Blake
Both a memoir and a treasury, this is the perfect book for adults this Christmas, particularly those who have an interest in children’s illustration and those who have or are still sharing Quentin Blake picture books with children or grandchildren.  Best-selling...
Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | Fascinating Facts
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/11/2012
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The Quentin Blake Treasury
The Quentin Blake Treasury
Quentin Blake
From Quentin's very first picture book to his most recent adventures, this collection spans and celebrates his astonishing career. There's inspiration and exuberance, wit and wonder, joy and jollity to be found within these pages; we can't wait for you...
Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/09/2012
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Angelica Sprocket's Pockets
Angelica Sprocket's Pockets
Quentin Blake
Nominated for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. A master of hilarious and outlandish invention, the former Children’s Laureate’s new book is reminiscent of his classic Mr Magnolia. Like him, Angelica Sprocket, out on a picnic with some children, can...
Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2011
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Patrick
Patrick
Quentin Blake
Stuffed full of happiness, Patrick is the story of all the wonderful, life enhancing things that happen when Patrick plays his violin. Patrick buys a magical violin from a market stall and immediately finds that by playing a few notes...
Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/09/2010
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Snuff
Snuff
Quentin Blake
A delicious romp of a story from former Children’s Laureate Quentin Blake, Snuff tells how an incompetent page boy finds that he can be useful after all. Sir Thomas Magpie is an easy going kind of knight but even he...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/08/2010
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Angelo
Angelo
Quentin Blake
A delightful story of a happy little boy meeting an unhappy girl who is trapped in her mean uncle’s house.  Angelo knows just what to do to turn Angelina’s life into something worth living for and what a wonderful happy...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/07/2010
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Angelica Sprocket's Pockets
Angelica Sprocket's Pockets
Quentin Blake
Nominated for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. A master of hilarious and outlandish invention, the former Children’s Laureate’s new book is reminiscent of his classic Mr Magnolia. Like him, Angelica Sprocket, out on a picnic with some children, can...
Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/04/2010
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Mister Magnolia
Mister Magnolia
Quentin Blake
Greenaway winner in 1980. From one of THE top illustrators of all time comes a wholly delightful picture book classic. Effortless rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations that meld so brilliantly into the story. Click here to see other titles...
Featured in: 3+ readers | Baby and Toddler
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/03/2010
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Quentin Blake's Ten Frogs (Board Book)
Quentin Blake's Ten Frogs (Board Book)
Quentin Blake
With Quentin’s hallmark illustration style this is a wonderful little board book to help toddlers learn to count all with the use of some delightful animals.  Starting with One Crow, Two Goats, Three Dogs, and Four Cats this board book...
Featured in: 3+ readers | Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book - Released: 19/03/2009
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You're Only Young Twice
You're Only Young Twice
Quentin Blake
A joyous celebration through Quentinâ•’s uniquely original illustrations of the art of ageing.  A delightful little picture book to share with any child, but parents and grandparents will delight in its contents too, so in that respect it will make...
Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2008
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Quentin Blake's ABC
Quentin Blake's ABC
Quentin Blake
Apples, Breakfast, Cockatoos and Ducks launch Quentin Blake’s witty alphabet book in which he illustrates every letter with his characteristically bold and entertaining illustrations. The accompanying rhyming text adds a story element to each letter making the whole a wonderful...
Featured in: 3+ readers | Baby and Toddler
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/10/2002
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Clown
Clown
Quentin Blake
This wordless picture book will have adults and children utterly captivated by the illustrations throughout the book.  When clown finds himself stuffed into a dustbin with other unwanted toys he decides to do something about it.  Each time he thinks...
Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/1998
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Cockatoos
Cockatoos
Quentin Blake
Cockatoos is possibly the funniest counting book every to be published.  The professor may own 10 cockatoos but when they decide to disappear he has none.  He knows they’re a mischievous lot but where are they – can you see...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 17/02/1994
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