John Yeoman, Quentin Blake - Author Picture

John Yeoman, Quentin Blake - Authors

John Yeoman (pictured) is the author of A Drink of Water, which was the very first children's book Quentin Blake illustrated. Since then, Yeoman has teamed up with Quentin Blake on many other children's books.

Quentin Blake 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.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award rewards the best in contemporary children's and young adult literature from all over the world. Quentin Blake has been shortlisted for the award, the winner of which will be announced in March 2010.

Featured Books, with extracts, by John Yeoman, Quentin Blake

The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus
John Yeoman, Quentin Blake
Roll Up! Roll Up! Award winning Quentin Blake brings to life juggling, conjuring, fire-eating and much, much more in his soft hue illustrations to John Yeoman's mellifluous words. Together they portray the varied and talented members of the performing Foskett's...
Lovereading Price: £10.39 - Saving £2.60 (20%) Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/04/2013
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Quentin Blake's Magical Tales
John Yeoman, Quentin Blake
Beautifully told, the fourteen folk stories in this collection are taken from around the world giving a slice of different kinds of magic from different times. In all there are elements of enchantment, transformation and trickery as the kind and...
Lovereading Price: £8.79 - Saving £2.20 (20%) Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 18/10/2010
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The Bear's Winter House
John Yeoman, Quentin Blake
A warm-hearted story full of kindness tells how Bear shares his cosy winter house with all the other animals – even though they had all laughed at him while he built it. Sensible bear builds himself a lovely shelter so...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2009
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