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Tell Me a Picture

Written by Quentin Blake

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As the first Children’s Laureate, Quentin Blake created an original exhibition in the National Gallery, London for which he chose 26 of his favourite pictures. Some were illustrations from children’s books, others were pictures by artists such as Edward Hopper and Paula Rego. All were wonderful pictures that tell a story. Through Quentin Blake’s choices and his gentle notes about the pictures all young readers have the opportunity to enjoy all kinds of art and to bring their own meaning to it. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Tell Me a Picture Synopsis

In 2001, Quentin Blake - the first Children's Laureate - chose twenty-six of his favourite paintings for an exhibition at the National Gallery. Very different artworks were chosen, some by fine artists and some by children's illustrators, but they all had one thing in common: a story to tell. The accompanying book urges children to use their imaginations and look for the stories in the pictures.

Reissued with a new introduction from the author, Tell Me A Picture will show a new generation the adventures that await in looking at art.

Tell Me a Picture Press Reviews

Children's Book Of The Week Reissued for a new generation, this classic has lost none of its power. The Times

The children's art criticism is engagingly artless but encourages curiosity. The Observer

A truly awesome collection of art from some of our favourite artists, wrapped up in a book that just begs to be explored. Read It Daddy

Excellent. Red Reading Hub

An absolute must for children (and grown ups) everywhere. Angels & Urchins

As the first Children's Laureate, Quentin Blake created an original exhibition in the National Gallery, London, for which he chose 26 of his favourite pictures. Some were illustrations from children's books, others were pictures by artists such as Edward Hopper and Paula Rego. All were wonderful pictures that tell a story. Through Quentin Blake's choices and his gentle notes about the pictures, all young readers have the opportunity to enjoy all kinds of art and to bring their own meaning to it. -- Julia Eccleshare Love Reading

An unusual and stimulating approach to art. Parents in Touch

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781847807656
Publication date: 02/06/2016
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781847806420
Publication date: 08/01/2015
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847807656
Publication date: 2nd June 2016
Author: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Art

About Quentin Blake

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. ...

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