Quentin Blake - Illustrator

About the 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 by Quentin Blake

Danny the Champion of the World

Danny the Champion of the World

7+ readers

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/2016

Danny thinks his dad is the most marvellous and exciting father a boy could wish for. Life is happy and peaceful in their gipsy caravan, until one day Danny discovers his dad has been breaking the law. What's more, soon Danny has to join his father as they attempt to pull off a daring and devilish plot against their horrible, greedy neighbour, Mr Victor Hazell. Phizz-whizzing new branding for the world's No.1 storyteller, Roald Dahl! Exciting, bold and instantly recognisable with Quentin Blake's inimitable artwork.

Cautionary Verses

Cautionary Verses

9+ readers

Author: Hilaire Belloc Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/1995

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 stories at your peril. If not, you might suffer a fate similar to those described in these cautionary tales.

Other books by Quentin Blake

The King of the Golden River

The King of the Golden River

Author: John Ruskin Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/03/2019

First published in 1851, John Ruskin's Victorian story, newly illustrated by Quentin Blake, tells the tale of the Black brothers: the kind-natured 11-year old Gluck and his two nasty older brothers, Hans and Schwartz. For Gluck, play is cleaning the floors, and his education consists of a wholesome quantity of punches. One stormy evening, Gluck is left at home to prepare his older brothers' dinner when an extraordinary-looking little man knocks at the door. Having been strictly warned not to let anyone in, Gluck watches as the little old man becomes increasingly drenched at the door. His soft heart tells him to ignore his brothers' advice, and so Gluck's encounter with the mysterious King of the Golden River begins. Appearing at first as a beggar, then the Southwest Wind, and finally as a Toby jug who Gluck unwittingly transforms into a dwarf, the King of the Golden River issues Gluck with a challenge: to climb to the source of the Golden River and cast into the stream three drops of holy water. If he can achieve this, the river will turn to gold.

Roald Dahl's Matilda's How to be a Genius Brilliant Tricks to Bamboozle Grown-Ups

Roald Dahl's Matilda's How to be a Genius Brilliant Tricks to Bamboozle Grown-Ups

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2019

MATILDA WORMWOOD is a genius - her brain fizzes and bubbles with brilliance. She outwits her gruesome parents, and even her terrifying head teacher, the monstrous Miss Trunchbull. YOU TOO can baffle, bewilder and bamboozle your friends and family! ASTOUND them with feats of calculation, scientific miracles, incredible creativity and fiendishly clever tricks, all with simple, step-by-step instructions. Inspired by ROALD DAHL'S terrific tale MATILDA, this is the perfect book for budding brainboxes everywhere!

Billy and the Minpins (illustrated by Quentin Blake)

Billy and the Minpins (illustrated by Quentin Blake)

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

A BRAND-NEW EDITION, ILLUSTRATED IN GLORIOUS FULL COLOUR BY QUENTIN BLAKE FOR THE FIRST TIME. Billy's mum says he must never go out through the garden gate and explore the dark forest beyond. So, one day, that's exactly what he does! There he meets the Minpins, tiny tree-dwelling people whose children are the size of matchsticks. They live in fear of the terrible, galloping GRUNCHER. Will it gobble Billy too - or can he find a way to defeat the hungry beast?

The Rights of the Reader

The Rights of the Reader

Author: Daniel Pennac Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/12/2018

Humane, humorous and deeply felt, this is a unique book about reading. The Rights of the Reader, which has sold over a million copies in France, grew from celebrated French writer Daniel Pennac's experiences of teaching in challenging schools. Central to the book is his belief that readers have rights: to read what, how, where and when they want, and - if they choose - the right NOT to read. This fresh new translation combines the talents of award-winning translator Sarah Adams and renowned artist Quentin Blake, who illustrates and introduces the work.

Matilda at 30: Chief Executive of the British Library

Matilda at 30: Chief Executive of the British Library

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

___________ The original, magical story with a brand new cover from Quentin Blake is the perfect Christmas gift this season! October 2018 marks 30 years since Matilda was published! This brand new jacket comes with a never-before-seen illustration of Matilda as the Chief Executive of the British Library- one of the careers that Quentin Blake himself has imagined that Matilda might have at 30 years old. ___________ Reunite with some of the greatest (and most ghastly) characters in history! Matilda Wormwood A remarkable child with a magical mind. Miss Honey The kindest, cleverest and most caring teacher. Mr and Mrs Wormwood Matilda's parents - liars, swindlers and TV addicts. Miss Trunchbull Headmistress of Crunchem Hall and the world's biggest bully. Bruce Bogtrotter Chocolate-cake-eating extraordinaire! These are just some of the unforgettable characters from this classic story by the world's number one storyteller - now with a brand-new cover design from Quentin Blake to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the publication of Matilda. Also available: Matilda at 30: Astrophysicist Matilda at 30: World Traveller

Matilda at 30: World Traveller

Matilda at 30: World Traveller

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

___________ The original, magical story with a brand new cover from Quentin Blake is the perfect Christmas gift this season! October 2018 marks 30 years since Matilda was published! This brand new jacket comes with a never-before-seen illustration of Matilda as a world traveller - one of the careers that Quentin Blake himself has imagined that Matilda might have at 30 years old. ___________ Reunite with some of the greatest (and most ghastly) characters in history! Matilda Wormwood A remarkable child with a magical mind. Miss Honey The kindest, cleverest and most caring teacher. Mr and Mrs Wormwood Matilda's parents - liars, swindlers and TV addicts. Miss Trunchbull Headmistress of Crunchem Hall and the world's biggest bully. Bruce Bogtrotter Chocolate-cake-eating extraordinaire! These are just some of the unforgettable characters from this classic story by the world's number one storyteller - now with a brand-new cover design from Quentin Blake to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the publication of Matilda. Also available: Matilda at 30: Chief Executive of the British Library Matilda at 30: Astrophysicist

Matilda at 30: Astrophysicist

Matilda at 30: Astrophysicist

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

__________ The original, magical story with a brand new cover from Quentin Blake is the perfect Christmas gift this season! October 2018 marks 30 years since Matilda was published! This brand new jacket comes with a never-before-seen illustration of Matilda as an astrophysicist- one of the careers that Quentin Blake himself has imagined that Matilda might have at 30 years old. ___________ Reunite with some of the greatest (and most ghastly) characters in history! Matilda Wormwood A remarkable child with a magical mind. Miss Honey The kindest, cleverest and most caring teacher. Mr and Mrs Wormwood Matilda's parents - liars, swindlers and TV addicts. Miss Trunchbull Headmistress of Crunchem Hall and the world's biggest bully. Bruce Bogtrotter Chocolate-cake-eating extraordinaire! These are just some of the unforgettable characters from this classic story by the world's number one storyteller - now with a brand-new cover design from Quentin Blake to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the publication of Matilda. Also available: Matilda at 30: Chief Executive of the British Library Matilda at 30: World Traveller

100 Figures The Unseen Art of Quentin Blake

100 Figures The Unseen Art of Quentin Blake

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Quentin Blake's illustrations are instantly recognisable to millions of people around the world. A new exhibition to be held at London's House of Illustration will explore an unusual aspect of Blake's work, however, exhibiting for the first time 100 examples of his works of art. 100 Figures, will feature all of the 100 exhibited works - ranging from large-scale oil paintings to drawings and prints, created between the 1950s and today. Works included date back to his post-grad years in the 1950s when he struggled to make a living as an illustrator and took life-drawing classes at Chelsea School of Art. It was here that he first engaged with the human figure, but soon, having observed how the human body behaves, he found he was able to draw it from memory in any pose, working from his vivid imagination. 100 Figures will also offer the chance to catch a rare glimpse of early oil paintings by Blake - some painted on hardboard since he was unable to afford canvases at that time and painted using commercial house-painters' brushes.

Quentin Blake: Pens Ink & Places

Quentin Blake: Pens Ink & Places

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

FOLLOWING FROM THE ENORMOUS SUCCESS OF WORDS AND PICTURES AND BEYOND THE PAGE , THIS THIRD VOLUME CONTINUES A NARRATIVE OF VISUAL ADVENTURES OF UNUSUAL DIVERSITY. Pens Ink & Places contains a wealth of new material, ranging from touching series of vignettes for Great Ormond Street Hospital to gigantic drawings for the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings; from the sombre apocalyptic landscapes of Riddley Walker to the energetic fantasy of Billy and the Minpins. This beautiful volume also includes Blake's unique illustrations made to accompany accompany the works of John Ruskin, La Fontaine, Lucius Apuleius and Beatrix Potter. Blake's commentary - straight, as it were, from the drawing board - explores the challenges and opportunities in the creation of drawings known around the world, as well as others seen here for the first time. It is clear from every page of this informative and richly illustrated volume that there has been no slackening of brio in the scratchy pen nib of an artist who has been called the `Godfather of Illustration'.

Quentin Blake: Pens Ink & Places

Quentin Blake: Pens Ink & Places

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

FOLLOWING FROM THE ENORMOUS SUCCESS OF WORDS AND PICTURES AND BEYOND THE PAGE , THIS THIRD VOLUME CONTINUES A NARRATIVE OF VISUAL ADVENTURES OF UNUSUAL DIVERSITY. Pens Ink & Places contains a wealth of new material, ranging from touching series of vignettes for Great Ormond Street Hospital to gigantic drawings for the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings; from the sombre apocalyptic landscapes of Riddley Walker to the energetic fantasy of Billy and the Minpins. This beautiful volume also includes Blake's unique illustrations made to accompany accompany the works of John Ruskin, La Fontaine, Lucius Apuleius and Beatrix Potter. Blake's commentary - straight, as it were, from the drawing board - explores the challenges and opportunities in the creation of drawings known around the world, as well as others seen here for the first time. It is clear from every page of this informative and richly illustrated volume that there has been no slackening of brio in the scratchy pen nib of an artist who has been called the `Godfather of Illustration'.

How Not To Be A Twit and Other Wisdom from Roald Dahl

How Not To Be A Twit and Other Wisdom from Roald Dahl

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2018

Never grow up, always down. Those are the wise words from the world's number one storyteller- Roald Dahl. Now, you can keep all of Roald Dahl's wit and wisdom on you at all times in this beautiful book, the perfect stocking filler! _____ Mr Dahl has given us a lot of wit and wisdom over the years. Whether it's how good thoughts will shine out of your face like sunbeams, or that a little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men. With this in your back pocket, you'll always be prepared if you're ever offered snozzcumbers for dinner, or if a certain Mr Wormwood tries to sell you a 'brand new' car. Filled with Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations, it's the perfect Christmas gift for little people growing up, and big people growing down.

Billy and the Minpins (illustrated by Quentin Blake)

Billy and the Minpins (illustrated by Quentin Blake)

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2018

A BRAND-NEW EDITION, ILLUSTRATED BY QUENTIN BLAKE FOR THE FIRST TIME. Billy's mum says he must never go out through the garden gate and explore the dark forest beyond. So, one day, that's exactly what he does! There he meets the Minpins, tiny tree-dwelling people whose children are the size of matchsticks. They live in fear of the terrible, galloping GRUNCHER. Will it gobble Billy too - or can he find a way to defeat the hungry beast?

The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl

The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

This fantastical and official new book, published just over 100 years after Roald Dahl's birth, will appeal to fans who grew up reading his stories, or reading them to their children, as well as to new readers who are discovering Dahl's world for the first time. It gives a brilliant new perspective on his most-loved (and hated) characters and stories. The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl brings together Dahl's wondrous creations and Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations with previously unpublished reproductions of imagined letters, artefacts, posters and much, much more. Inspired by the characters and events from each of Dahl's books, and including original thoughts and notes on yellow lined paper - as if written by Dahl himself - the book expands upon his stories in a humorous and creative way, making it the ideal addition to everyone's Dahl collection.

The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers

The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers

Author: John Yeoman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2018

It is nearly the summer holidays and Billy Dexter and his classmates are trying to finish their wicker baskets. Their craft teacher, Miss Beddows, is so appalled by Billy's efforts that she keeps him in after class for a pep talk. `As long as you set your mind on something and try hard enough, there's nothing you can't do.' Billy loves the idea that he can do anything, but his friends, Melanie and Paul, don't agree. `What about growing horns?' suggests Melanie. It is a challenge Billy has to accept. Brimming with humour and written in John Yeoman's matter-of-fact style, this story from 1961 is vividly illustrated with Quentin Blake's inimitable drawings. It was the second in a long line of collaborations between John Yeoman and Quentin Blake, following soon after their first, A Drink of Water.

Reekin Rhymes

Reekin Rhymes

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2018

Nae doot ye think ye ken this story. Ye dinnae. The real yin's faur mair gory. The phoney wan, the wan you ken, Wis cooked up auld lang syne and then Made tae soond aw saft and sappy Jist tae keep the bairnies happy. Mind ye, they got the first bit richt, The bit whaur in the deid o nicht, The Hackit Sisters, jewels and aw, Mairched swiftly tae the Palace Baw, While yon wee darlin Cinderellae Wis doon the cellar weet and smelly Whaur rats hauf-mad for things tae eat Began tae chaw on baith her feet... An enjoyable unputdownable scandalous retelling of traditional tales like Cinderella and Snow White made funnier and more gruesome in Matthew Fitt's hilariously honkin couplets in Scots. Roald Dahl took great delight in shocking and surprising his young readers and remains as popular as ever. This first ever translation of Revolting Rhymes into Scots is an exciting addition to the growing number of high quality books available to children and young people to read in the wonderfully rich and expressive Scots tongue.

The Enormous Crocodile (Book and CD)

The Enormous Crocodile (Book and CD)

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 03/05/2018

The Enormous Crocodile's stomach is grumbling... but he has a dastardly plan for his lunch... The foul fiend, the greediest croc in the whole river is hunting through the jungle, the playground and the funfair looking for something juicy and delicious to snap up with his teeth. His sharp teeth that sparkle like knives in the sun... He's looking for SOMEONE WHO LOOKS LIKE YOU! Read along with the greedy grumptious brute with this AMAZING audio CD!

Mr Stink Limited Gift Edition of David Walliams' Bestselling Children's Book

Mr Stink Limited Gift Edition of David Walliams' Bestselling Children's Book

Author: David Walliams Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/03/2018

David Walliams' bestselling book Mr Stink has gone FULL COLOUR in a brand-new anniversary edition. This beautiful hardback gift book is the perfect present for children of any age, and contains an introduction from David Walliams himself. Available for a limited time only! Mr Stink was the second David Walliams book to be illustrated by the inimitable Quentin Blake, and won unanimous critical acclaim. Mr Stink remains one of his most beloved characters - in a tale that continues to touch the hearts of readers everywhere. A highly collectable edition for fans old and new.

Roald Dahl's James's Giant Bug Book

Roald Dahl's James's Giant Bug Book

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2018

Enter the world of James and the Giant Peach, and head off on an incredible insect adventure. Now you can join James, The Centipede, The Earthworm and the rest of the gang in this bug-packed journey through the world of insects. Perfect to broaden inquisitive little minds, get your hands marvellously muddy and find out all the wacky and wondrous facts about your favourite creepy-crawlies! Based on Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, this phizz-whizzing activity book is packed with brilliant bugs and fun activities to try at home, like making your own ant farm and building your very own bug hotel. What were your children's favourite part of James's Giant Bug Book? Let us know in a review below!

Zagazoo

Zagazoo

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/12/2017

Zagazoo is a baby like no other. In this quite exceptional picture book young readers will be delighted by the hilarious and unexpected changes in his behaviour as Zagazoo grows up. Parents may detect some strange echoes of family life. There have been many classic picture books from the incomparable pen of Quentin Blake, but never one more extraordinary.

Quentin Blake's A Christmas Carol 2017 Edition

Quentin Blake's A Christmas Carol 2017 Edition

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

Quentin Blake turns his brilliant artistic talents to Dickens' much-loved Christmas story. A beautiful luxury edition of Dickens's timeless Christmas classic. A Christmas Carol is the book that defines the Christmas spirit. Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean-spirited miser, is visited by three ghosts one Christmas Eve. The ghosts show Scrooge the true value of Christmas: charity, good humour and love for his fellow man. Quentin Blake's colourful illustrations guide the reader through Scrooge's lively journey to find the meaning of Christmas. This unabridged edition contains a foreword by the illustrator and is the ultimate Christmas gift book.

The Witches (Colour Edition)

The Witches (Colour Edition)

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

THE WITCHES, Roald Dahl's most scary story for children, in a large format, full colour paperback edition. With Quentin Blake's brilliant line artwork in full colour, THE WITCHES is a must-have for children collecting all of the Roald Dahl in full-colour format including CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, FANTASTIC MR FOX, THE TWITS, GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, ESIO TROT and THE MAGIC FINGER.

Three Little Owls

Three Little Owls

Author: Emanuele Luzzati Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Three Little Owls is a charming rhyming story by the Italian artist Emanuele Luzzati, presented here in an English version by John Yeoman 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. This beautiful story comes to life again in a wonderful deluxe, clothbound edition of the tale. The perfect gift for fans young and old.

J.P. Martin Father of Uncle, including the Unpublished Uncle

J.P. Martin Father of Uncle, including the Unpublished Uncle

Author: J. P. Martin, Stella Martin Currey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2017

The much-loved Uncle series of children's books were fantastical, surreal, funny and heart-warming. Originally told by Martin to his children, they were finally published when he was over eighty years old - and the hilarious array of characters, including the rich but sometimes foolish elephant, Uncle, captured the imagination of children across the world. Some more well-known fans include Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix, Kate Summerscale, Martin Rowson, Will Self and many more. Whilst exploring the J.P. Martin archive, editor Marcus Gipps stumbled across over fifty pages of unpublished Uncle stories, which are just as hilarious and well-crafted as the published work. He also discovered a fascinating biography of Martin, the missionary-turned-author, by his daughter, which explores the unique imagination and experiences that informed this remarkable and inventive genius. Both the additional Uncle stories and the biography have never been seen before, and Marcus would love to share them with Uncle's legions of fans, and also introduce J.P. Martin and Uncle to new readers.

Bachgen Mewn Ffrog, Y

Bachgen Mewn Ffrog, Y

Author: David Walliams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2017

The World's Laziest Duck and other Amazing Records

The World's Laziest Duck and other Amazing Records

Author: John Yeoman, Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2017

Which fish holds the world record for most escape attempts? Which human cannonball traveled 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.

Uncle

Uncle

Author: J. P. Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

The wonderfully eccentric adventures of a kind-hearted elephant, hugely enjoyed by children and adults alike, by J. P. Martin and illustrated by Quentin Blake. Uncle is a millionaire elephant who has a B.A. and wears a purple dressing gown. He lives in a labyrinth of skyscrapers connected by water chutes, lifts and railways, and littered with oil lakes, walls of sweets and towers of treacle. He and his followers amuse themselves by exploring his home and falling into adventures with its inhabitants, a collection of lunatics, dwarfs and ghosts. Uncle also frequently fights with the inhabitants of neighbouring Badfort, among them the repulsive Jellytussles (a quivering blob) and the cowardly Hitmouse.

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.

George's Marvellous Medicine (Colour book and CD)

George's Marvellous Medicine (Colour book and CD)

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 23/02/2017

George Kranky's Grandma is a miserable grouch. George really hates that horrid old witchy woman. One Saturday morning, George is in charge of giving Grandma her medicine. So-ho! Ah-ha! Ho-hum! George knows exactly what to do. A magic medicine* it will be. One that will either cure her completely . . . or blow off the top of her head. *WARNING: Do not try to make George's Marvellous Medicine yourselves at home. It could be dangerous. Read the story and listen to the phizz-whizzing audio CD!

George's Marvellous Medicine

George's Marvellous Medicine

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

FREE Wondercrump DOOR HANGER Inside! A brand new phizz-whizzing edition of Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine. George Kranky's Grandma is a miserable grouch. George really hates that horrid old witchy woman. One Saturday morning, George is in charge of giving Grandma her medicine. So-ho! Ah-ha! Ho-hum! George knows exactly what to do. A magic medicine* it will be. One that will either cure her completely . . . or blow off the top of her head. *WARNING: Do not try to make George's Marvellous Medicine yourselves at home. It could be dangerous. 'A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero' - David Walliams

Revolting Rhymes (Colour Edition)

Revolting Rhymes (Colour Edition)

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 03/11/2016

Roald Dahl's irreverent and hilarious collection, Revolting Rhymes. Read along and listen! This book is filled with revolting rhymes. (Be warned: It's no ordinary Once upon a time). There's poor Cindy whose heart was torn to shreds, because her Prince, he chops off heads! Snow White's dwarfs although awfully nice, are guilty of one shocking vice . . . And what becomes of Goldilocks, that nasty thieving little louse, when she goes sneaking around the three bear's house . . . Animated film for BBC1 based on the Revolting Rhymes by Magic Light Pictures, producers of the Oscar nominated The Gruffalo and Room On The Broom, scheduled for Christmas 2016, Roald Dahl's centenary year. Listen to REVOLTING RHYMES and other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! inspired by the revolting Twits.

Roald Dahl's Glorious Galumptious Story Collection

Roald Dahl's Glorious Galumptious Story Collection

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 03/11/2016

Five fantastic Roald Dahl favourites come together in this very special box set: James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, The Magic Finger and Esio Trot. Complete with fun and fascinating extra material offering a sneak peek into the wonderful world of Dahl, this is a collection to treasure forever.

Didn't We Have a Lovely Time!

Didn't We Have a Lovely Time!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2016

A heartwarming short story set on a farm from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite children's author, with stunning illustrations from Quentin Blake. A heartwarming short story set on a farm from master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, the author of War Horse, with stunning illustrations from Quentin Blake. Published to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Farms for City Children, the charity founded by Michael and his wife Clare, Didn't We Have a Lovely Time! is based on the true story of a boy whose confidence and speech returns after meeting a very special horse down on the farm.

Matilda

Matilda

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2016

Chairlie and the Chocolate Works Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Scots

Chairlie and the Chocolate Works Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Scots

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/09/2016

Weelcome, ma freends! Weelcome tae ma chocolate works! When Mr Wullie Wonka invites five bairns ben intae his warld-famous chocolate factory, some o them turn oot tae be spoilt wee bampots. For Chairlie Baffie, the tour o Wonka's chocolate works is the adventure o a lifetime. Has Violet Boakregarde bitten aff mair than she can chaw? Will Mike Teeveeheid finally end up on TV? Will Chairlie go UP AND OOT in Wullie Wonka's Muckle Gless Lift? Find oot in Matthew Fitt's gallus new Scots translation o Roald Dahl's classic story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Pastai Odl

Pastai Odl

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2016

The GFG The Guid Freendly Giant (the BFG in Scots)

The GFG The Guid Freendly Giant (the BFG in Scots)

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2016

To celebrate the Roald Dahl centenary, we've translated one of Dahl's best-loved books into Scots for the very first time. And with the Spielberg movie also coming out this summer, this addition to Dahl Scots will be hugely popular, taking a new look at ahugely popular modern classic. Ae nicht, as the ither bairns sleep, Sophie is wheeched fae her bed in the orphanage by the muckle haund o a giant. Lucky for her, it belangs tae the Guid Freendly Giant. The GFG disna eat wee lassies. He jist eats foosty feechcumbers and drinks fuzzleglog. But there are ither giants that are no sae freendly and that snashter up slaversome human beans for their tea. Can Sophie an her new freend the GFG think on a sleekit ploy tae stap the likes o the Bluidsqueesher, the Girslegorbler, the Slaistermaister, an their hail ugsome clan?

Mr Ffiaidd

Mr Ffiaidd

Author: David Walliams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2016

Cerddi Ffiaidd

Cerddi Ffiaidd

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/04/2016

Penillion Ach-A-Fi

Penillion Ach-A-Fi

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/04/2016

Rhyme Stew

Rhyme Stew

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2016

RHYME STEW by Roald Dahl is a collection of raucous rhymes for older children featuring characters from fairy tales, fables and nursery rhymes - as you've never seen them before! From the tortoise and the hare and Hansel and Gretel to Ali Baba and Aladdin, these traditional stories will never seem the same again once you have had a taste of Roald Dahl's hilarious verse and Quentin Blake's suitably lively illustrations. Reissued in the exciting new Roald Dahl branding, this is an inventive and irreverant collection for older children and adults alike, which bubbles over with Roald Dahl's extraordinary humour and imagination. You can listen to all of Roald Dahl's stories on Puffin audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Also look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! and HOUSE OF TWITS inspired by the revolting Twits.

George's Marvellous Medicine

George's Marvellous Medicine

Author: Roald Dahl Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/03/2016

Puffin Audiobooks present a phizz-whizzing reading of Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine, read by Derek Jacobi. The audiobook features original music and 3D sound design by Pinewood film studios. George Kranky is eight-years-old and wondering what sort of mischief he might get into. George's Grandma is a grizzly old grouch and George wants to teach her a lesson . . . And when Grandma's finished drinking George's marvellous medicine, she'll really have something to grumble about. Listen to GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE and other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! inspired by the revolting Twits.

The BFG

The BFG

Author: Roald Dahl Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/03/2016

Puffin Audiobooks presents Roald Dahl's The BFG, read by actor, writer, and Britain's Got Talent judge David Walliams. This audiobook features original music and sound design by Pinewood film studios. The BFG is a nice and jumbly giant. In fact, he is the only big friendly giant in Giant Country. All the other giants are big bonecrunching brutes, and now the BFG and his friend Sophie must stop them guzzling up little human beans - with some help from Her Majester, the Queen. David Walliams is a multi-award winning British comedian, actor and writer, best known for the comedy series Little Britain; but his acting work includes plays, dramas and films. He is also the author of five hugely successful children's books, including two illustrated by Quentin Blake - Roald Dahl's favourite illustrator.

The Witches

The Witches

Author: Roald Dahl Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/03/2016

Puffin Audiobooks presents a brand new recording of Roald Dahl's classic The Witches, read by actress Miranda Richardson. This audiobook features original music and 3D sound design by Pinewood film studios. The Witches have a motto: One child a week is fifty-two a year. Squish them and squiggle them and make them disappear. The Grand High Witch of All the World is the scariest of the lot, but one boy and the grandmother he adores have a plan to get rid of the witches for good. Listen to THE WITCHES and other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! inspired by the revolting Twits.

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Author: Roald Dahl Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/03/2016

Puffin Audiobooks presents Roald Dahl's classic Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, read by the actor Douglas Hodge. This audiobook features original music. Charlie Bucket and his family are rushing around the Earth at seventeen-thousand miles an hour in a great glass elevator. It belongs to the fantastic Mr Willy Wonka, and the adventure becomes even greater upon discovering they're not the only ones orbiting the Earth at that particular time . . . Douglas Hodge is a multi-award-winning English actor, with Olivier and Tony awards for his performance in La Cage aux Folles, and nominations for his leading roles in Cyrano de Bergerac, Guys and Dolls and Inadmissible Evidence. In 2013 he is playing the role of Willy Wonka in Sam Mendes' musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Listen to other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! inspired by the revolting Twits.

Danny the Champion of the World

Danny the Champion of the World

Author: Roald Dahl Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/03/2016

Puffin Audiobooks presents Roald Dahl's classic Danny the Champion of the World, read with warmth by the actor and comedian Peter Serafinowicz. Danny thinks his dad is the most marvellous and exciting father any boy ever had - but Danny's dad has a very big secret. This secret leads them both into the strangest adventure of their lives, and a daring plot that makes Danny the champion of the world. Peter Serafinowicz is an award-winning English actor, writer, voice-artist, comedian and director. He has appeared in films such as Shaun of the Dead and Couples Retreat. As a voice artist his roles have ranged from Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace to Driver Dan in the CBeebies programme StoryTrain. Listen to DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD and other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! inspired by the revolting Twits.

More About Boy Tales of Childhood

More About Boy Tales of Childhood

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2016

MORE ABOUT BOYcontains a wealth of new photos, facts and writings about Roald Dahl and his childhood, together with the original text and illustrations from his much-loved memoir. As a boy, all sorts of unusual things happened to Roald Dahl. There was the time he and four school friends got their revenge on beastly Mrs Prachett in her sweet shop. There are stories of holidays in fishing boats, African adventures and the days of tasting chocolate for Cadbury's. You'll hear tales of horrible school bullies and the car accident when Roald's nose was nearly sliced clean off . . Now you can discover even more about Roald Dahl's childhood, including some secrets he left out. Some are painful, some are funny, but all of them are TRUE. Listen to Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! and HOUSE OF TWITS inspired by the revolting Twits.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Author: Roald Dahl Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/03/2016

Puffin Audiobooks presents Roald Dahl's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, read by the actor Douglas Hodge. This audiobook features original music. Charlie Bucket desperately wants to eat more than cabbage soup every day. But even more than that, he longs to see Wonka's enormous chocolate factory! Now Mr Willy Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, has hidden golden tickets inside his delicious creamy chocolate bars. Only five winners can go through those great iron gates; will one of them be Charlie? Douglas Hodge is a multi-award-winning English actor, with Olivier and Tony awards for his performance in La Cage aux Folles, and nominations for his leading roles in Cyrano de Bergerac, Guys and Dolls and Inadmissible Evidence. In 2013 he played the role of Willy Wonka in Sam Mendes' musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Going Solo

Going Solo

Author: Roald Dahl Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/03/2016

Penguin presents the new, unabridged audiobook edition of Roald Dahl's Going Solo, read by Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens. The second part of Roald Dahl's remarkable life story, following on from Boy. When he grew up, Roald Dahl left England for Africa - and a series of dangerous adventures began. From tales of plane crashes to surviving snake bites, this is Roald Dahl's extraordinary life before becoming the world's number one storyteller.

Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Fox

Author: Roald Dahl Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/03/2016

Puffin Audiobooks presents a marvellous new celebrity reading of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox. The audiobook features original music and 3D sound design by Pinewood film studios. Mr Fox steals food from the horrible farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean - one fat, one short, one lean. These three crooks concoct a plan to dig Mr Fox out of his home, but they don't realise how truly fantastic Mr Fox is, or how far he'll go to save his family . . . Listen to other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! inspired by the revolting Twits.

The Enormous Crocodile

The Enormous Crocodile

Author: Roald Dahl Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/03/2016

Stephen Fry reads this enhanced audiobook edition of Roald Dahl's The Enormous Crocodile. The audiobook features original music and 3D sound design by Pinewood film studios. The Enormous Crocodile is a greedy grumptious brute who loves to guzzle up little girls and boys. But the other animals have a scheme to get the better of this foul fiend, once and for all! Stephen Fry is an award-winning comedian, actor, presenter, director and writer. Television work includes A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder and the host of QI. On film, he played Oscar Wilde, and appeared in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and The Hobbit. His voice work includes narrating the Harry Potter books. Listen to THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE and other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! inspired by the revolting Twits.

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

Author: Roald Dahl Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/03/2016

Puffin Audiobooks presents a brand new recording of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, to be read by Green Wing actor Julian Rhind-Tutt. The audiobooks features original music and '3D' sound design by Pinewood film studios. James Henry Trotter's parents have been eaten by a rhinoceros, so now he lives with his two repulsive aunts. One hot day something peculiar happens and an enormous peach grows in their garden. Soon James and the Giant Peach are rolling away from his horrible aunts, towards a most marvellous and wonderful place . . . Listen to JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! inspired by the revolting Twits.

The Twits

The Twits

Author: Roald Dahl Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/03/2016

Puffin Audiobooks presents a marvellous new reading of Roald Dahl's The Twits read by IT Crowd star Richard Ayoade. The audiobook features original music. Mr Twit is a foul and smelly man with bits of cornflake and sardine in his beard. Mrs Twit is a horrible old hag with a glass eye. They've kept Muggle-Wump monkeys caged in the garden for far too long, and now the monkeys want to take their revenge . . . Listen to THE TWITS and other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! inspired by the revolting Twits.

Matilda

Matilda

Author: Roald Dahl Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/03/2016

Puffin Audiobooks presents Roald Dahl's Matilda, read by Kate Winslet. This audiobook features original music and sound design by Pinewood film studios. Matilda Wormwood is an extraordinary genius with really stupid parents. Miss Trunchbull is her terrifying headmistress who thinks all her pupils are rotten little stinkers. But Matilda will show these horrible grown-ups that even though she's only small, she's got some very powerful tricks up her sleeve . . . Kate Winslet's award-winning and varied career has included standout roles in Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland, Revolutionary Road and The Reader, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Also a highly acclaimed voice artist, she received the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for Listen to the Storyteller. Listen to other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! inspired by the revolting Twits.

Boy Tales of Childhood

Boy Tales of Childhood

Author: Roald Dahl Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/03/2016

Puffin presents the new, unabridged audiobook edition of Roald Dahl's bestselling autobiography Boy, read by Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey. Throughout his young days at school and just afterwards, a number of things happened to Roald Dahl, which made such a tremendous impression he never forgot them. Boy is the remarkable story of Roald Dahl's childhood; tales of exciting and strange things - some funny, some frightening, all true.

The Twenty-Elephant Restaurant

The Twenty-Elephant Restaurant

Author: Russell Hoban Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2015

The inimitable duo of Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake tell a hilarious romp that begins with a wobbly table ... and ends with a bunch of dancing elephants! In this completely hilarious and gloriously absurd story, the pair behind the tales of Captain Najork explore just what happens when a man builds a new table ... a table sturdy enough for even an elephant to dance on. This table, said the man. What about the table? said the woman. It's wearing me out, said the man. What to do? The man makes a decision. He finds a tablewood tree, cuts it down, saws it up and makes a new table. There's nothing like a new table. This one is strong enough for elephants! But... Where would we get the elephants? said the woman. Advertise in the Classified Section, said the man. Elephants wanted for table work. Must be agile. It looks as if the man and the woman might need some more tables! We could open a restaurant, said the man. A restaurant with dancing elephants ... where will it all lead?!

The Twits

The Twits

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2015

A brilliant new hardback edition of Roald Dahl's The Twits with a hairy beard cover! Touch-and-feel Mr Twit's straggly old beard and even stick bits of food in it to make it even more disgusting...! The Twits are possibly the nastiest and most disgusting of all Roald Dahl's characters. They smell because they never wash, they fight because they play tricks on each other, AND they hate children. But worst of all, they keep monkeys in their back garden. In cages. It's time for the monkeys to get their revenge on these two most revolting creatures . . . The Twits is the most-read book in primary schools and you can also listen to THE TWITS and other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! And look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting bestseller, TWIT OR MISS! inspired by the revolting Twits.

Mortimer and the Sword Excalibur

Mortimer and the Sword Excalibur

Author: Joan Aiken Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2015

This is the fifth title about Arabel and her beloved but impossible raven, Mortimer. An enormous hole is being dug in the park and rumour has it that King Arthur's round table is buried there. None of this interests Mortimer however; his fancy has been taken by the giant grass-cutting machine, the LawnSabre. Mortimer finally gets to work the machine but with disastrous consequences for the round table and the sword Excalibur! Another funny and outrageous story about Arabel and Mortimer from Joan Aiken and Quentin Blake.

Mr Mingin (Mr Stink in Scots)

Mr Mingin (Mr Stink in Scots)

Author: David Walliams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2015

Mr Mingin minged. He monged tae. And if it is guid Scots tae say he mingit, then he mingit as weel. He wis the mingiest mingin minger that ever lived. Mingin is the warst kin o smell. Mingin is warse than honkin. Honkin is warse than bowfin. Bowfin is warse than a guff. And a guff can be eneuch tae make yer neb runkle. It wisnae Mr Mingin's faut that he wis mingin. He wis a gaberlunzie, efter aw. He didnae hae a hame and sae he never had the chaunce tae hae a richt guid wash like ye and me. Efter a while the mingin-ness jist got warse and warse.

Arabel, Mortimer and the Escaped Black Mamba

Arabel, Mortimer and the Escaped Black Mamba

Author: Joan Aiken Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2015

When Arabel and the raven Mortimer spend a fun-packed evening with their favourite babysitter, Chris Cross, they have no idea of the chaos they create in their wake. A reckless game of dressing up and hide and seek results in a big crash, a trumpet wedged onto Mortimer's head and a milk shortage. While Arabel, Mortimer and Chris are out replacing the milk, Arabel's parents return home to find the house empty and apparently ransacked. They fear the worst! Can it be that a black mamba has escaped from the zoo or has Arabel been kidnapped? Policemen, firemen and anxious ladies comb the streets in search of the missing trio, who are blissfully unaware of the chaos they have caused.

The Twits

The Twits

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 07/05/2015

Mr and Mrs Twit are extremely nasty, so the Muggle-Wump monkeys and the Roly-Poly bird hatch an ingenious plan to give them just the ghastly surprise they deserve! A full colour edition of the hilarious bestselling Roald Dahl story, plus a fantastic audio reading by Richard Ayoade, star of The IT Crowd.

A Near Thing for Captain Najork

A Near Thing for Captain Najork

Author: Russell Hoban Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2015

Another classic from Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake, featuring a jam-powered frog and an eccentric headmistress ... as nutty and compulsive as ever. A Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake classic, and a brilliant companion volume to How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen, this is the story of Tom who invents a jam-powered frog. Fooling around as he loves to do, Tom takes his Aunt Bundlejoy Cosysweet out on the frog out for a spin. When Captain Najork sees them hopping past his window, he and his hired sportsmen jump into their pedal-powered snake and set off in hot pursuit. Events, adventure and sheer craziness conspire to bring Tom and the Captain together at the local girls' boarding school, where Aunt Fidget Wonkham-Strong Najork is in the middle of a best-of-three arm-wrestling contest against the Headmistress... A rip-roaring adventure guaranteed to keep the pages turning and the laughs bouncing off the ceiling!

Arabel's Raven

Arabel's Raven

Author: Joan Aiken Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/03/2015

The first story about Arabel and her pet raven Mortimer. In Arabel's Raven, Mr Jones, while driving his taxi, notices something bedraggled in the road. He stops and discovers an injured raven. He takes it home and his four-year-old daughter Arabel falls in love at first sight. 'His name is Mortimer,' she announces and Mortimer has found a home. A series of thefts and a robber quarrel are only two of the dramas in this delightful tale in which Mortimer and Arabel find their ways straight to the reader's heart.

The Twenty-Elephant Restaurant

The Twenty-Elephant Restaurant

Author: Russell Hoban Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2014

A hilarious romp that begins with a wobbly table ... and ends with a bunch of dancing elephants! This table, said the man. What about the table? said the woman. It's wearing me out, said the man. What to do? The man makes a decision. He finds a tablewood tree, cuts it down, saws it up and makes a new table. There's nothing like a new table. This one is strong enough for elephants to dance on! But... Where would we get the elephants? said the woman. Advertise in the Classified Section, said the man. Elephants wanted for table work. Must be agile. It looks as if the man and the woman might need some more tables! We could open a restaurant, said the man. A restaurant with dancing elephants ... where will it all lead?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 04/09/2014

Charlie longs to see inside Mr Willy Wonka's enormous chocolate factory. Now Mr Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, has hidden golden tickets inside his delicious creamy chocolate bars. Only five winners can go through those great iron gates. Will one of them be Charlie? Follow the story and listen to the brilliant audio CD.

Esio Trot: Book & Toy Boxset

Esio Trot: Book & Toy Boxset

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Mr Hoppy, a retired bachelor, harbours a secret passion for his neighbour, the lovely Mrs Silver. Unfortunately, she lavishes all her affection on another...Alfie, her pet tortoise. Mr Hoppy's wildly ingenious plot to defeat his rival and win the love of his lady will delight and amaze, involving as it does a cryptic riddle and no fewer than a hundred and forty tortoises, large and small. Roald Dahl's classic tale of reptile-inspired romance, wonderfully illustrated by Quentin Blake, is presented together with an adorable tortoise toy. Perfect for small hands!

Moddion Rhyfeddol George

Moddion Rhyfeddol George

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2014

The Twits (Colour Edition)

The Twits (Colour Edition)

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Mr and Mrs Twit are extremely nasty, so the Muggle-Wump monkeys and the Roly-Poly bird hatch an ingenious plan to give them just the ghastly surprise they deserve!

The Roald Dahl Quiz Book

The Roald Dahl Quiz Book

Author: Richard Maher, Sylvia Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2013

Guaranteed to challenge, delight and amuse Dahl enthusiasts everywhere. Here are over 300 questions and answers based on six of Dahl's best-loved titles: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, George's Marvellous Medicine, Fantastic Mr Fox, Esio Trot, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me and Matilda. With Quentin Blake's illustrations throughout. Fascinating facts about Roald Dahl and his world.

Great Day for Up

Great Day for Up

Author: Dr. Seuss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2012

Two giants of children's publishing - Dr. Seuss and Quentin Blake - come together for this joyous celebration of life. Part of the stylish and collectable Essential Picture Book Classics range, this book is full of Dr. Seuss's trademark humour, illustrated beautifully by Quentin Blake. The book celebrates the vitality of life - with everyone getting UP to enjoy life, from whales to waiters, girls, boys and alligators! Except for one character, who in the charming ending, is resolutely not getting UP! Every day is a great day to read `Great Day for UP'!

Fantastic Mr Dahl

Fantastic Mr Dahl

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2012

Just how did Roald Dahl get into writing? Where did he get his ideas from? What ingredients in his life turned him into the kind of writer he was? Michael Rosen - poet, broadcaster and former Children's Laureate, comes up with some of the answers to these key questions in his lively biography of the world's Number1 storyteller. Full of stories and funny anecdotes from Roald Dahl's school days and family life, Michael Rosen's fascinating observations creates a vivid picture of one of the most famous writers of all time.

Mr Stink

Mr Stink

Author: David Walliams Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 02/08/2012

NEW BOOK AND CD PACK - The second original, touching, twisted, and most of all hilarious novel for children from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children's author in the country - beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake. Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well... Chloe sees Mr Stink every day, but she's never spoken to him. Which isn't surprising, because he's a tramp, and he stinks. But there's more to Mr Stink than meets the eye (or nose) and before she knows it, Chloe has an unusual new friend hiding in her garden shed. As Chloe struggles to keep Mr Stink a secret, and her dad tries to hide a secret of his own, the stage is set for an epic family confrontation. But there's one other person with an extraordinary secret - Mr Stink himself...

The Great Piratical Rumbustification

The Great Piratical Rumbustification

Author: Margaret Mahy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

Yo ho ho! All across the city, the pirates are getting restless and long for a party. So when a retired pirate comes to babysit for the Terrapin family, they are in for quite a surprise... From the rumbustious author and artist team of Margaret Mahy, winner of the Carnegie medal, and Quentin Blake, the first Children's Laureate, and best known for his partnership with Roald Dahl, this is a dazzling story which will delight pirate loving boys everywhere.

Matilda (Theatre Tie-in)

Matilda (Theatre Tie-in)

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2011

Matilda is a brilliant and sensitive child, but her parents think of her only as a nuisance. Even before she is five years old, she has read Dickens and Hemingway and still her parents think of her as a pest. So she decides to get back at them. Her platinum-haired mother and car salesman father are no match for her sharp genius, and neither is the cruel headmistress Miss Trunchbull. And then the child prodigy discovers she has an extraordinary psychic power that can save her school and especially the lovely kindergarten teacher, Miss Honey.

Bananas in My Ears

Bananas in My Ears

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2011

A comic collection of verse from the illustrious pairing of two former Children's Laureates. From the chaos of breakfast and to the calm of bedtime, this quirky collection of nonsense poetry written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Quentin Blake is full of delightful moments. Read of the pleasures of messing about and the pains of feeling ill, of animal antics down at the doctor's and strange goings-on on the beach... All this and a trip on a flying bed too.

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2010

A heartbreakingly honest account of a father's grief for his son from the illustrious pairing of two former Children's Laureates. Very occasionally the term non-fiction has to stretch itself to accommodate a book that fits into no category at all. Michael Rosen's Sad Book is such a book. It chronicles Michael's grief at the death of his son Eddie from meningitis at the age of 19. A moving combination of sincerity and simplicity, it acknowledges that sadness is not always avoidable or reasonable and perfects the art of making complicated feelings plain. It wasn't made like any other book either; Michael Rosen said of the text, I wrote it at a moment of extreme feeling and it went straight down onto the page ... Quentin didn't illustrate it, he 'realized' it. He turned the text into a book and as a result showed me back to myself. No writer could ask and get more than that. And Quentin Blake says that the picture of Michael being sad but trying to look happy is the most difficult drawing he's ever done... a moving experience.

The Enormous Crocodile

The Enormous Crocodile

Author: Eileen Jones Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2010

A new title from the best-selling _Read & Respond_ series. * Differentiation advice and assessment guidance. * Plot, character and setting, speaking and listening activities. * Guided reading notes and texts for shared reading. * Extended writing projects.

Revolting Rhymes

Revolting Rhymes

Author: Gill Friel, James Friel Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2010

A new title from the best-selling _Read & Respond_ series. * Differentiation advice and assessment guidance. * Plot, character and setting, speaking and listening activities. * Guided reading notes and texts for shared reading. * Extended writing projects.

Charlie a'r Esgynnydd Mawr Gwydr

Charlie a'r Esgynnydd Mawr Gwydr

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2010

Mr Stink

Mr Stink

Author: David Walliams Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2009

The second original, touching, twisted, and most of all hilarious novel for children from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children's author in the country - beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake. Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well... Chloe sees Mr Stink every day, but she's never spoken to him. Which isn't surprising, because he's a tramp, and he stinks. But there's more to Mr Stink than meets the eye (or nose) and before she knows it, Chloe has an unusual new friend hiding in her garden shed. As Chloe struggles to keep Mr Stink a secret, and her dad tries to hide a secret of his own, the stage is set for an epic family confrontation. But there's one other person with an extraordinary secret - Mr Stink himself...

Great Day For Up

Great Day For Up

Author: Dr. Seuss Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2009

A new edition of Dr. Seuss's much-loved classic, `Great Day for Up'! With wonderful illustrations from children's favourite illustrator Quentin Blake! This gorgeous hardback book makes the perfect gift for Seuss fans and collectors! Dr. Seuss has been delighting young children and helping them learn to read for over fifty years. Creator of the wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat, and ranked among the UK's top ten favourite children's authors, Seuss is firmly established as a global best-seller!

Spagan A-muigh Air A' Bhaidhsagal

Spagan A-muigh Air A' Bhaidhsagal

Author: Ellen Blance, Ann Cook Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/06/2009

Spagan Aig Feill Nan Deideagan

Spagan Aig Feill Nan Deideagan

Author: Ellen Blance, Ann Cook Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/06/2009

Spagan Ag Obair

Spagan Ag Obair

Author: Ellen Blance, Ann Cook Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/06/2009

Spagan Agus am Baidhsagal Ur

Spagan Agus am Baidhsagal Ur

Author: Ellen Blance, Ann Cook Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/06/2009

Spagan Air Chuairt A-muigh

Spagan Air Chuairt A-muigh

Author: Ellen Blance, Ann Cook Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/06/2009

Spagan Agus A'bhriosgaid

Spagan Agus A'bhriosgaid

Author: Ellen Blance, Ann Cook Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/06/2009

Spagan Agus an Taigh Ur

Spagan Agus an Taigh Ur

Author: Ellen Blance, Ann Cook Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/06/2009

Spagan Aig an T-soirceas

Spagan Aig an T-soirceas

Author: Ellen Blance, Ann Cook Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/06/2009

Spagan Anns an Ospadal

Spagan Anns an Ospadal

Author: Ellen Blance, Ann Cook Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/06/2009

Spagan Agus an Dealbh

Spagan Agus an Dealbh

Author: Ellen Blance, Ann Cook Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/06/2009

Spagan A' Ceannach Peata

Spagan A' Ceannach Peata

Author: Ellen Blance, Ann Cook Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/06/2009

Uncle

Uncle

Author: J. P. Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2009

Uncle Cleans Up

Uncle Cleans Up

Author: J. P. Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2009

The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress

Author: David Walliams Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2008

The debut children's novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children's author in the country. Now experience the whole story in glorious sound as David teams up with an old friend (his name begins with Matt and ends with Lucas) to deliver a hilarious and beautifully produced audiobook. Dennis was different. Why was he different, you ask? Well, a small clue might be in the title of this book... Charming, surprising and hilarious - David Walliams's beautiful first novel will touch the hearts (and funny bones) of children and adults alike. Now David teams up with Matt Lucas to produce an audiobook with a difference. Read by two of the brightest stars in sketch comedy, this lavish production brings the hilarious voices behind Little Britain to your nearest earphones. And it tells a fantastic story too...

Sleekit Mr Tod

Sleekit Mr Tod

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/2008

Doon in the glen there were three ferms. The men that had these ferms were aboot as scunnersome and grippy as ony men ye could meet. They were cried Fermer Bodge, Fermer Bauchle and Fermer Beek.On a brae above the glen there wis a widd. In the widd there wis a muckle tree. Unner the tree there wis a hole. In the hole steyed Mr Tod, Mrs Tod and the fower Wee Tods. Ilka nicht, as soon as it wis gloamin-time, Mr Tod wid say tae Mrs Tod,'Weel, ma deerie, whut it'll be this time? A sonsie fat cookie fae Bodge? A deuk or a goose fae Bauchle? Or a braw bubblyjock fae Beek?'And when Mrs Tod had telt him whit she wantit, Mr Tod wid jouk doon intae the glen in the mirk o the nicht and help himself.And so the scene is set for a grand confrontation between the scunnersome fermers and the tremendous Tods. Following on from the phenomenal success of the bestselling The Eejits and Geordie's Mingin Medicine, Scots translations of Roald Dahl's The Twits and George's Marvelous Medicine, Itchy Coo presents another Scots version of a Roald Dahl classic.This time Fantastic Mr Fox has been transformed into Sleekit Mr Tod and he'll require all his wily wits to escape Fermers Bodge, Bauchle and Beek while, at the same time, raid their well-stocked stores for a full-scale banquet. But who will win?

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2008

A heartbreakingly honest account of a father's grief for his son from the illustrious pairing of a current and a former Children's Laureate. What makes Michael Rosen most sad is thinking about his son, Eddie, who died. In this jacketed hardback book he writes about his sadness, how it affects him and some of the things he does to try and cope with it. Whether or not you have known what it's like to feel really deeply sad, its truth will surely touch you.

Geordie's Mingin Medicine

Geordie's Mingin Medicine

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2007

Geordie's grannie is a crabbit auld grumph. As far as she's concerned, Geordie can do nothing right. But, when the time comes for him tae bring her medicine, Geordie decides tae give her a mingin brew of his own recipe.

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

Author: Huw Thomas Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2006

NEW Read and Respond is back by popular demand and ready for the 21st Century. The completely new text provides teachers with everything they need to teach these classic children's books. Notes and activities reflect the way that teachers teach now and include shared texts, guided reading notes, reading activities, speaking and listening activities, writing projects and assessment guidance. Over a third of each book is filled with invaluable photocopiables - all illustrated by the original children's book illustrators. ** Everything the teacher needs to teach a classic book ** Based on best-selling children's books ** Speaking and listening activities ** Assessment guidance ** Photocopiable pages NEW READ AND RESPOND JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH provides teachers with all the resources they need to teach James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. James and the Giant Peach is a popular choice for teachers because it can support the NLS at Key Stage 2 as a classic, a humorous story, an adventure story, a fantasy story, and a story by an established writer.

My Friend Mr. Leakey

My Friend Mr. Leakey

Author: J. B. S. Haldane Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2004

Collected Plays for Children

Collected Plays for Children

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2001

This volume contains six plays by Ted Hughes which are particularly suitable for performance by children. Four of them were published originally under the title, The Coming of the Kings and Other Plays. Added to these are Orpheus and The Pig Organ, the former only ever published in America, the latter (which was written as a libretto) never before published. Hughes enters the timeless world of folklore and fable and brings home a wonderful haul, managing to produce comedy, tragedy and magic from the same net, and then to move effortlessly between them. He makes stories from familiar elements (the Nativity, or Beauty and the Beast or a quest to save a sickening king), but approaches them from unexpected angles and sets them off in different directions. What characterizes the pieces is the energy Hughes generates not only in the unfolding action but in the drama of the language itself, which is as robustly up-to-date as it is lyrical.

Great Piratical Rumbustification & the Librarian and the Robbers AND The Librarian and the Robbers

Great Piratical Rumbustification & the Librarian and the Robbers AND The Librarian and the Robbers

Author: Margaret Mahy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2001

Wild and wonderful, these stories will appeal to all readers of fine children's literature, and Blake's illustrations, full of spirit and exuberance, are the perfect accompaniment of Mahy's vigorous tales. The Great Piratical Rumbustification introduces us to Alpha, Oliver, and Omega Terrapin, alone for an evening of devilish fun and none other than Orpheus Clinker, a reformed pirate cleverly transformed into a respectable babysitter. Or has he reformed? Before you can say Yo Ho Ho the Terrapin household has become headquarters of the century's biggest pirate party. The Librarian and the Robbers is an equally tickling tale of a band of wicked robbers who one day carry off Serena Leburnum, a beautiful librarian. Follow what happens as the lovely and learned Miss L. not only outwits the robbers, turning them into outstanding citizens, but also teaches them the everlasting pleasures of the Dewey Decimal System.

The Green Ship

The Green Ship

Author: Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2000

Two children find the Green Ship when they climb over the wall into what is more like a forest than a garden. The ship has bushes for bows and stern and its funnels are trees; a small garden shed on an ancient stump is the wheel house and in command of the ship is the owner of the garden, old Mrs Tredegar. Throughout the summer she and the Bosun and the two children sail the Seven Seas visiting exotic faraway places and having wonderful adventures.

Roald Dahl's Cookbook

Roald Dahl's Cookbook

Author: Felicity Dahl, Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/1996

This book is a mixture of anecdotes covering Roald Dahl's family, his childhood, and his happiness at home with Liccy, his wife, and their numerous children, grandchildren and friends. For this extensive family, there is no more enjoyable way of relaxing than sharing good food and wine. The meals they enjoy together round the old pine farmhouse table at Gipsey House are either fine examples of national dishes of their heritage - Norwegian, French, British, etc - or favourite recipes that have delighted three generations of discerning eaters. Many recipes have acquired a particular significance for the Dahl family over the years, and these are introduced with reminiscenses rich in nostalgia and humour. The recipes are for all occasions, covering family birthday parties, Christmas and Easter celebrations, Roald's passion for chocolate, onions and wine, his enthusiasm for gambling and gardening and finally, a Dahl-style chapter: Hangman's Suppers - contributed by Francis Bacon, P.D. James, John Le Carre, Peter Ustinov and others.

The Bfg

The Bfg

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/10/1993

Master storyteller Roald Dahl is by far the most popular children's writer of the late twentieth century, and The BFG (the Big Friendly Giant), recently adapted for the stage with great success, is set to become a claasic of its period (it was first published in 1982) This story of a vegetarian giant who disapproves of eating children has all the Dahl ingredients of humour, irreverence and verve that have made readers of countless youngsters. The humour is perfectly matched by Quentin Blake's irresistible drawing.

The Vicar of Nibbleswicke

The Vicar of Nibbleswicke

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/1992

The Reverend Lee is suffering from a rare and acutely embarrassing condition: Back-to-Front Dyslexia. It affects only his speech, and he doesn't realize he's doing it, but the parishioners of Nibbleswicke are shocked and confused by his seemingly outrageous comments. At last a cure is found and the mild-mannered vicar can resume normal service. Or at least as normal as is possible for a man who must walk backwards to be sure of talking forwards! A highly comic tale in the best Dahl tradition of craziness, written for the benefit of the Dyslexia Institute.

Matilda

Matilda

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/1992

Winner of the Children's Book Award.

Ace Dragon

Ace Dragon

Author: Russell Hoban, Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/1992

One of a series of early reading books with large print and colour illustrations, this is the story of a dragon who wears wellington boots and the boy who discovers him below a coal-hole marked Ace Dragon Ltd. His exploits include skywriting, flying stunts and turning gold into straw.

The Witches

The Witches

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/1985

Whitbread Award Winner.

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