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Quentin Blake - Author

About the Author

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 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...

ebook of the month

Other books by Quentin Blake

Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Whipple-Scrumptious Sticker Activity Book

Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Whipple-Scrumptious Sticker Activity Book

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/05/2017

Head inside Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, where Charlie Bucket, Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt and the rest await! In this fun collection of puzzles, you can complete the Oompa-Loompa's favourite songs, help lead Violet Beauregarde to the juicing room, and find all of Mr Wonka's finest products. This fun collection of activities includes full colour stickers and classic Quentin Blake artwork.

Roald Dahl's Matilda Wonderful Sticker Activity Book

Roald Dahl's Matilda Wonderful Sticker Activity Book

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/05/2017

A whole world of Matilda stickers and puzzles! Crack Mr Wormwood's secret code, guide Matilda to Miss Honey's house, and find the Trunchbull's meanest words! Matilda is one of Roald Dahl's most magical creations, and now she has her very own sticker book, packed full of fun activities and classic Quentin Blake artwork. The perfect book for keeping your own brilliant children busy and entertained at home.

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...

ebook of the month
Three Little Owls

Three Little Owls

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2015

Three Little Owls is a charming rhyming story by the Italian artist Emanuele Luzzati, and presented here in an English version by John Yeoman and with gorgeous new illustrations by Quentin Blake. Three irrepressible little owls take us on their journey round the world, from one Christmas Day to the next - fishing, dancing, snoozing, and NOT behaving. Blake's delightful drawings combine with this fantastical poetic treat to create a story that young and old will enjoy reading again and again.

The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus

The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus

Author: Quentin Blake, John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Roll up, roll up for the Fabulous Foskett Family Circus! There's 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. Quentin Blake originally created the eccentric and multi-talented Foskett family to decorate a hospital ward. Combined here with a specially commissioned text by John Yeoman they now star in their own glorious book, which will be enjoyed and treasured by readers of all ages.

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