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Quentin Blake - Author

About the Author

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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 by Quentin Blake

The House in the Tree

The House in the Tree

9+ readers

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/06/2017

All children dream of having a secret house where they can live on their own, far from any rules and regulations. But not all of them are as lucky as Aglaia, who lives at the top of a magical tree together with her friend Bianca and an incredible host of flying dogs, talking cats, carnivorous flowers and children who speak in verse.Inventively illustrated by Quentin Blake, Aglaia's adventures - and her battles with the gruff Signor Brullo and the woodmen who want to cut down the tree - are sure to enchant and inspire the imagination of every child.

Three Little Monkeys

Three Little Monkeys

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/09/2016

A classic of the future. Hilda Snibbs had three little monkeys. Their names were Tim and Sam and Lulu. They were very lively...

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Other books by Quentin Blake

The Big Drawing

The Big Drawing

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Trip Hazards

Trip Hazards

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Night Thoughts

Night Thoughts

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

The Language of the Fan

The Language of the Fan

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Thirteen Things You Cannot Really Manage Without

Thirteen Things You Cannot Really Manage Without

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Moonlight Travellers

Moonlight Travellers

Author: Quentin Blake, Will Self Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2019

A large-format, signed Collector's Edition of this literary and artistic meditation on the theme of night travel from two of our greatest contemporary creative talents. 'The moon drives everyone mad - you know that, well enough. But this is no lycanthropic or otherwise spooky metamorphosis: it's far stranger than that...' When Quentin Blake embarked on creating a set of new drawings on fantasies of travel, even he had not envisaged a series so sombre, so haunting, as Moonlight Travellers. These watercolour journeys through unknown landscapes capture, with unmatched skill, all the mystery and intrigue of the dead of night. A unique collaboration, this book brings Blake's macabre wit into dialogue with the imaginative insight of Will Self. With characteristic sharpness, Self mingles fiction, fact and flights of memory to transport the reader on a radical tour of Blake's mysterious lands. In Moonlight Travellers, two creative minds at the height of their powers connect word and image, darkness and light with our deepest sensibilities. In eight-wheeled contraptions and winged machines, they carry us on a trail of dreamlike journeys. After all, 'there's nothing more prosaic - at least, at this end of human history - than a car journey.' This Collector's Edition includes: * Moonlight Travellers book * Signed by Quentin Blake * Bound in full cloth, printed with a design by the artist in silver blocking * Presented in a black moon crater effect slipcase * 47 illustrations * 106 pp * 28 cm x 21.5 cm

Scenes at Twilight

Scenes at Twilight

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2019

The Art of Conversation

The Art of Conversation

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2019

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