Beyond the Page by Quentin Blake

Beyond the Page

Written by Quentin Blake

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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 illustrator Quentin Blake has delighted young and old for over fifty years with his wonderful picture books such as Mr Magnolia and his iconic illustrations for Roald Dahl’s classic titles including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and numerous others. In this stunning book packed full of illustrations of all kinds, Blake tells of the amazing pictures he has created in all sorts of other places – especially the walls of hospitals including his joyous and life-affirming pictures for the Rosie Maternity hospital - and galleries as well as his myriad greetings cards. Blake captures the excitement at these opportunities and describes how the technical challenges are overcome. A book to savour for its beauty as well as an invaluable insight into the world of an iconic illustrator.


Beyond the Page by Quentin Blake

The author, creator of iconic characters for amongst others Russell Hoban, Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen, and Roald Dahl. In this title, he writes about his projects and describes his working processes, his collaborators, his travels, and his various projects and commissions.

Quentin Blake is one of the best-known illustrators in the world having created brilliant and iconic characters including those for many Roald Dahl creations as well as his own picture book characters (Mister Magnolia to name just one). Beyond the Page is a stunning, richly illustrated first-hand account of his work.

Click here to view a special Quentin Blake section on the Lovereading4kids website.

Generously illustrated with 240 full-colour reproductions of his inimitable work, this is an unsurpassed collection of Quentin Blake's achievements, which together with his fascinating story make it a must for aficionados and professionals alike.

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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15th November 2012




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