The Story of the Dancing Frog by Quentin Blake
  

The Story of the Dancing Frog

Written by Quentin Blake
Illustrated by Quentin Blake

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 In a warm-hearted story with a touch of the ridiculous about it, former Children’s Laureate Quentin Blake tells of a happy friendship based on the success of a dancing frog. Left alone after her sailor husband is lost at sea Gertrude befriends George, a frog with a very special talent. George can dance and soon he and Gertrude are off on tour with George showcasing his amazing performing skills while Gertrude devotes her life to supporting him in his career. A gentle and tender story about friendship and happiness. ~ Julia Eccleshare

A Piece of Passion from Mairi Kidd, MD of Barrington Stoke: We are delighted to bring this gorgeous little story onto our list, and even more thrilled to have Quentin join our author ranks. As one of the one of the most recognisable and well-loved author-illustrators in the world, this is a crowning moment for the Little Gems.

High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities. Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page. They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.

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Synopsis

The Story of the Dancing Frog by Quentin Blake

The heartbroken widow of a captain drowned at sea discovers a friendly amphibian at her lowest point. But he is no ordinary frog - he's a dancing frog set on saving her! Soon the duo are touring the world with their routine, spreading light and laughter - and carrying out the occasional rescue - wherever they go.

Wonderful, witty and wise, this classic Quentin Blake tale will warm hearts of the young and old alike in a gorgeous new full colour gift format. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

Suitable for 5-8s with reading age of 6+.

About the Author

Quentin Blake

In 2010 we had a special feature on Quentin Blake's writing and illustration - click here to find out more.

Quentin Blake is one of Britain's best-loved and most successful author-illustrators, and was made the 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.

He is one of the best-known and best-loved illustrators of our time, and his books with a wide range of authors have been treasured by generations of children throughout the world. In 2013 he was knighted for services to illustration. Quentin lives in London.

photo © Linda Kitson

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Format

Paperback
96 pages
Interest Age: From 5 to 8 years

Author

Quentin Blake
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Author's Website

www.quentinblake.com/about/...

Publisher

Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th February 2017

ISBN

9781781125915

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