The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus by John Yeoman, Quentin Blake

The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus

Written by John Yeoman, Quentin Blake

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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 Family all of whom are a delight.


The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus by John Yeoman, Quentin Blake

Roll up, roll up for the Fabulous Foskett Family Circus! There are Milly and Willy who perform with young Fred, who does a back flip and lands on his head. Uncle Phoenix Foskett who blows smoke rings, Jess and Bess with their conjuring tricks, not to mention singing dogs and birds and performing parrots. And at the end of all that excitement it is time for a well earned rest.

Take a ringside seat for this glorious romp of a book from a master picture book illustrator in top gear!

Quentin Blake originally created the images of the eccentric and multi-talented Foskett
family to decorate a hospital ward. They are combined here with a specially commissioned text by John Yeoman to create a glorious book, which will be enjoyed and treasured by book lovers of all ages.


Engagingly eccentric... deliciously dynamic -- Amanda Craig * The Times * The drawings are Blake at his absolute best -- Kate Kellaway * Observer * Wonderful... absolute treat of a read * Sun * A proper QB classic aimed at under-fives, but they'll have trouble beating off the grown-ups * Saga Magazine * Fabulous fun... the jaunty rhythm will carry young readers delightedly from page to page * Children's Books Ireland, Recommended Reads *

About the Author

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.

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32 pages


John Yeoman, Quentin Blake
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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

4th April 2013




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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