Snuff by Quentin Blake


Written by Quentin Blake

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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 despairs of Snuff, his dreamy page boy. Snuff can’t sword fight, can’t bow and can’t even dance without landing himself right in the sandwiches! How will he ever become a knight? But Snuff has hidden talents as he shows when his cunning plan saves the Boot maker from the four horrible boot thieves. Quentin Blake is probably best known as the illustrator for all Roald Dahl’s books including The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but Quentin is an author as well as an illustrator and his picture books, of which this is one are truly stunning and will bring much laughter and smiles to both parent and child in the nursery at bedtime. Click here to see a selection of these fabulous books all of which will be enjoyed equally by toddlers and by adults!


Snuff by Quentin Blake

'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 and have lots of adventures, but Sir Thomas Magpie despairs of him - Snuff just doesn't always get things right. But when the bootmaker is raided by thieves, Snuff might just have an idea of how to save the day...

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Lavishly illustrated and brimming with adventure and charm, the delightfully dotty Snuff will make a whole new generation of children fall in love with him -- Pam Norfolk Lancashire Evening Post The threes plus will love having this very funny story read to them Newbury Weekly News

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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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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Red Fox an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Publication date

5th August 2010




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