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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.
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.
Beautifully told, the fourteen folk stories in this collection are taken from around the world giving a slice of different kinds of magic from different times. In all there are elements of enchantment, transformation and trickery as the kind and good outdo the evil and mean spirited. Quentin Blake’s stunning illustrations capture the range of times and places as well as the essence of every story. Quentin Blake is probably best known as the illustrator for all Roald Dahl’s books including The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but Quentin is an author as well as an illustrator and his picture books, of which this is one are truly stunning and will bring much laughter and smiles to both parent and child in the nursery at bedtime. Click here to see a selection of these fabulous books all of which will be enjoyed equally by toddlers and by adults!
A warm-hearted story full of kindness tells how Bear shares his cosy winter house with all the other animals – even though they had all laughed at him while he built it. Sensible bear builds himself a lovely shelter so that he can enjoy a quiet sleep in the winter. But, when all the other animals decide to share it too, Bear has little chance to sleep… Quentin Blake’s illustrations capture the seasonal feel of the story and show long-suffering and charming Bear welcoming all. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award rewards the best in contemporary children's and young adult literature from all over the world. Quentin Blake was shortlisted for the award for 2010.
Which fish holds the world record for most escape attempts? Which human cannonball travelled the furthest? What is the world's soppiest fairy tale? Find out these amazing record breakers and lots, lots more in this hilarious alternative to the Guinness Book of World Records.
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. 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.
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