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Quentin Blake - Illustrator

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

Featured Books, with extracts, illustrated by Quentin Blake

All the Year Round
John Yeoman - illustrated by Quentin Blake
December 2017 Book of the Month A series of twelve short, funny poems, one for every month of the year, written with brio by John Yeoman and illustrated by Quentin Blake with all his characteristic vitality and joie de vivre,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Roald Dahl: George's Marvellous Experiments
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 A great collection of simple semi-scientific experiments perfect for curious children to do at home. In Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous...
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Format: Paperback | Released 23/02/2017
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The Story of the Dancing Frog
Quentin Blake
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...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2017
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The Tale of Kitty in Boots
Beatrix Potter - illustrated by Quentin Blake
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | September 2016 Book of the Month There was great excitement in the literary world earlier this year at the news that an unpublished Beatrix Potter story had been discovered. The Tale...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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The BFG
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Roald Dahl's BFG in glorious full colour! This is a delightful, funny and exciting story, about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Dirty Beasts
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Roald Dahl's wondercrump collection of animal rhymes featuring grisly beasts out for human blood, ranging from Gocky-Wock the crocodile to Sting-A-Ling the scorpion. With full colour illustrations by Quentin Blake this will make a wonderful addition to your 'forever keeps'...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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The Twits
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Mr and Mrs Twit are possibly the vilest of all Roald Dahl's creations. They are ugly on the inside, as is evident from the cruel tricks they play on each other and the way they treat the Muggle-Wump monkeys, and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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The BFG
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Special Film Tie-in Edition This is a delightful, funny and exciting story, about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Ace Dragon Ltd
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Quentin Blake's wonderfully airy and energetic illustrations perfectly match this quirky fantasy by that other master, Russell Hoban. A little boy called John accidentally finds a dragon beneath a manhole cover in a busy street. The passers-by take no notice...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Young Performing Horse
John Yeoman - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Victorian London, splendidly imagined by Quentin Blake with typical wit and vitality, is the setting for this very entertaining story. When hard times hit the Priddy family the children Vicky and Bertie know just what to do: they head off...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The BFG
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also shows...
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Format: Mixed media product | Released 02/06/2016
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The Enormous Crocodile
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
The Enormous Crocodile is planning what to have for his lunch. This foul fiend - the greediest croc in the whole river - wants to eat something juicy and delicious. His teeth sparkle like knives in the sun and he's...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Fantastic Mr Fox
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Ideal as an early introduction to Roald Dahl just as a child is starting to read alone because it's a short story by comparison to some of his others. Filled with quirky black and white illustrations by the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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George's Marvellous Medicine
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
George's grandma is a grizzly, grumpy, selfish woman with pale brown teeth and a small puckered-up mouth like a dog's bottom. Four times a day she takes a large spoonful of thick brown medicine, but it doesn't seem to do...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Take a giraffe with a magic neck, a pelican with a retractable beak and a very agile monkey, and what do you have? The world's finest Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company, of course! Add in their friend Billy, the Duke and Duchess...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Magic Finger
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
The story of an unusual little girl who has magical powers. When someone makes her angry, she zaps a punishment on them with her magic, flashing finger!
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Roald Dahl Treasury
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Throughout this book, you can delve into stories, poems, memoirs and letters galore all wonderfully illustrated by Quentin Blake as well as other well-known artists, including Raymond Briggs,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 31/03/2016
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The Enormous Crocodile
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
"In the biggest, brownest muddiest river in Africa, two crocodiles lay with their heads just above the water. One of the crocodiles was enormouse. The other was not so big." One of Roald Dahl's best-loved books. The Enormous Crocodile is...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Danny the Champion of the World
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
A classic Roald Dahl title, a most touching story of a boy and his very special father. Danny and his father live in a caravan parked right next to the garage where his father works. Danny father teaches him how...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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The BFG
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl's best-known and most read creation and deservedly so. The secretive and magical world of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory is revealed to five ‘lucky' children, each of who has won...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Following on from Charlie's adventures in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie has been given ownership of Wonka's factory, and the Great Glass Elevator is taking Charlie and his family off to claim his prize through the roof of their...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr Willy Wonka
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl's best-known and most read creation and deservedly so. The secretive and magical world of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory is revealed to five ‘lucky' children, each of who has won...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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Danny the Champion of the World
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
A classic Roald Dahl title, a most touching story of a boy and his very special father. Danny and his father live in a caravan parked right next to the garage where his father works. Danny father teaches him how...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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Esio Trot
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
There's trickery afoot in this touching and brief story. Mr Hoppy loves his garden and he (secretly) loves Mrs Silver. Mrs Silver is oblivious of what Mr Hoppy feels and she gives all of her love to her tortoise! Mr...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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Fantastic Mr Fox
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Ideal as an early introduction to Roald Dahl just as a child is starting to read alone because it's a short story by comparison to some of his others. Filled with quirky black and white illustrations by the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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George's Marvellous Medicine
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
George's grandma is a grizzly, grumpy, selfish woman with pale brown teeth and a small puckered-up mouth like a dog's bottom. Four times a day she takes a large spoonful of thick brown medicine, but it doesn't seem to do...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Take a giraffe with a magic neck, a pelican with a retractable beak and a very agile monkey, and what do you have? The world's finest Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company, of course! Add in their friend Billy, the Duke and Duchess...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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Going Solo
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Everyone who has entered 'the brilliantly colored, sometimes grotesque and sometimes magical world Dahl has conjured up in Boy', as Claire Tomalin described it in the Sunday Times, will be longing to learn what happens to the supreme storyteller next...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
From the moment the magical Giant Peach appears in James's unhappy life, sweeps away his deadly Aunts Spiker and Sponge and lifts him off on the adventure of a life time all readers know they are in for a treat....
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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The Magic Finger
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Every Saturday morning the Greg family goes off to shoot animals and birds. But the girl who lives next door hates hunting. Now it's made her so angry she's put the magic finger on them all. And very strange things...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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Matilda
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Matilda - Roald Dahl's best-loved story - though now over 25 years old, is as fresh, funny and poignant as when it was first published in 1988. The...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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The Twits
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Mr and Mrs Twit are possibly the vilest of all Roald Dahl's creations. They are ugly on the inside, as is evident from the cruel tricks they play on each other and the way they treat the Muggle-Wump monkeys, and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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The Witches
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
The Witches, first published in 1983 and is reissued here for the Roald Dahl Centenary, and as with many of Dahl's works it is wonderfully illustrated throughout by Quentin Blake. A young boy and his grandmother uncover a plot by...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary
Oxford Dictionaries, Susan Rennie, Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Dictionaries don't come more fun than this celebration of Roald Dahl, his books and the joy he took in gobblefunking (ie playing with words, inventing new words and meanings). Dahl had an extraordinary understanding of what children like and used...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/02/2016
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Gabriel-Ernest and Other Tales
Saki - illustrated by Quentin Blake
What a treat for readers of all ages is this new collection of Saki's masterly – and frequently macabre – short stories. An unhappy early life spent with cold and neurotic aunts in England while his father was away in...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2015
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Quentin Blake's a Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Best-selling illustrator Quentin Blake brings fresh appeal to Charles Dickens's classic Christmas story in this lovely edition. He captures the essence of the miserable Ebenezer Scrooge who would like to live without kindness, charity, love and especially Christmas which he...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2015
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Ace Dragon Ltd
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Quentin Blake's wonderfully airy and energetic illustrations perfectly match this quirky fantasy by that other master, Russell Hoban. A little boy called John accidentally finds a dragon beneath a manhole cover in a busy street. The passers-by take no notice...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/06/2015
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How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Award-winning duo Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake are brilliantly witty in this sharply observed picture of the value of childhood pursuits. Orphaned Tom lives with his formidable aunt who takes no nonsense from anyone and serves perfectly disgusting food. Tom...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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A Near Thing for Captain Najork
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Tom is back for a second fooling-around adventure. When Tom, accompanied by his Aunt Bundlejoy, sets out on a jaunt in a jam-powered frog, Captain Najork and his hired sportsmen set out in hot pursuit in a pedal-powered snake. They...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/04/2014
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The Rain Door
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Former Children's Laureate Quentin Blake team up for this hugely original weather-based fantasy. It's a hot, hot summer Thursday when Harry hears the rag-and-bone man calling out “Rainy numbers up. Any thunder up?” Not knowing what any of it might...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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The Boy in the Dress
David Walliams - illustrated by Quentin Blake
This is a new book and CD pack - Touching, funny and full of insight, this tender story tells how Dennis decides that everyone does not have to be the same. Bravely, he decides to do something completely different. Taking...
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Format: Mixed media product | Released 02/01/2014
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Monsters
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
John loves drawing monsters. Red monsters. Purple monsters. Spotted monsters. Furry monsters. Any kind of monster. And then he draws just a monster's tail. And that takes up four big pieces of paper….Can John control his monsters? Of course, the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/11/2013
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How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
A must-read for anyone who thinks that fooling about is a waste of time! Through the brilliant combination of Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake, the story celebrates all the skills that children learn on their own. Tom likes nothing more...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/11/2013
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Rosie's Magic Horse
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
An enchanting and magical story richly illustrated by former Children's Laureate Quentin Blake. Rosie collects old ice lolly sticks. Without any lolly left what is the point? Luckily, the sticks themselves work out a reason and form themselves into a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/09/2013
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Michael Morpurgo Christmas Collection
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Award-winning master storyteller Michael Morpurgo tells four magical Christmassy stories, each fully illustrated by a different artist, in this beautifully illustrated book. There's sadness before great happiness in The Best of Times, the story of how a prince discovers that...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/11/2012
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Rosie's Magic Horse
Russell Hoban - illustrated by Quentin Blake
ONE OF JULIA ECCLESHARE'S TOP 10 OF 2012 Children's Laureate Quentin Blake and best-selling author Russell Hoban have created an entrancing magical and lyrical fantasy that's perfect for anyone who can share the dream of a magical adventure. A discarded...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2012
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice - illustrated by Quentin Blake
The world-wide smash hit musical is available in full here with wonderful illustrations by Quentin Blake capturing the magic of the story and the brilliant entertainment that the musical version gives.
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2012
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Quentin Blake's Amazing Animal Stories
John Yeoman - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Wonderful animal tales from around the world are vividly brought to life in these entertaining stories which are gloriously brought to life in Quentin Blake's illustrations. There are magical monkeys, a daring tortoise, a tricksy locust who outsmarts a coyote...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2011
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Daddy Lost his Head
Andre Bouchard & Quentin Blake - illustrated by Quentin Blake
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. What would happen if someone really lost their head? This hilarious and surreal fable tells how one family patches things up and puts them back together again when their father...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2011
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James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Best-selling Roald Dahl has delighted children for half a century and this 50th anniversary edition celebrates that amazing feat. His titles show no sign of ageing and thankfully they never will as all of them are timeless classics. From the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2011
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The Heron and the Crane
John Yeoman - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Prize-winning illustrator Quentin Blake's stunning illustrations bring great pathos to this touching story of how two lonely birds make a hash of communicating. Back and forth across the swamp the two leggy birds go as Crane and Heron make offers...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/02/2011
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Danny, The Champion Of The World
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
October 2011 Guest Editor Roddy Doyle. All of Dahl's books are great, but this one stands out for two reasons: 1. the poaching plans, and the poaching itself, are brilliantly precise and an invitation to the reader to choose poaching...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/09/2010
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The Bear's Water Picnic
John Yeoman - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Best-loved illustrator Quentin Blake brings to life this lyrical, watery story. Pig, squirrel, hedgehog and hen are excited to join bear for his water picnic. They all love the quiet of the lake until they meet the noisy frogs! Searching...
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Format: Paperback | Released 08/07/2010
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Mr Stink
David Walliams - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Book of the Decade. A World Book Day 'Recommended Read' for 2011. Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. Galaxy Children's Book Award shortlist 2010.The second original, touching, twisted, and most of all hilarious...
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Format: Paperback | Released 27/05/2010
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Quentin Blake's the Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor
John Yeoman, John Yeoman - illustrated by Quentin Blake
The seven amazing voyages of Sinbad of adventure and danger, shipwreck and heroism, fabulous treasures and terrifying monsters have been brilliantly retold by the talented storyteller John Yeoman coupled with some sensational and wonderfully lively illustrations by one of the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 20/07/2009
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The Twits
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
In this special edition there's a page of disgustingly smelly scratch-and-sniff stickers to decorate Mr Twit's beard included too! Yuck!. Mr and Mrs Twit are possibly the vilest of all Roald Dahl's creations. They are ugly on the inside, as...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2007
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The Roald Dahl Treasury
Roald Dahl - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Divided into four themed sections - Animals; Magic; Family, Friends and Foes; and, Matters of Importance, this collection of extracts, poems, letters and memoirs introduces some of the author's characters from Willy Wonka to the BFG, from the Witches to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2003
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Quentin Blake's ABC
Quentin Blake
Apples, Breakfast, Cockatoos and Ducks launch Quentin Blake's witty alphabet book in which he illustrates every letter with his characteristically bold and entertaining illustrations. The accompanying rhyming text adds a story element to each letter making the whole a wonderful...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/10/2002
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Clown
Quentin Blake
This wordless picture book will have adults and children utterly captivated by the illustrations throughout the book. When clown finds himself stuffed into a dustbin with other unwanted toys he decides to do something about it. Each time he thinks...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/1998
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Cautionary Verses
Hilaire Belloc - illustrated by Quentin Blake
This omnibus of Belloc's stories is a feast of delightful tales told in rhyme - all with a dramatic moral twist in the tail. Are you prone to pulling faces, telling tales or bouts of extravagance? Yes? Then ignore these...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/1995
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Cockatoos
Quentin Blake
Cockatoos is possibly the funniest counting book every to be published. The professor may own 10 cockatoos but when they decide to disappear he has none. He knows they're a mischievous lot but where are they – can you see...
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Format: Paperback | Released 17/02/1994
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