Sir Quentin Blake

From his iconic illustrations of The BFG and Matilda to Mr Stink with birds and beasts of all shapes and sizes along the way, Roald Dahl’s favourite illustrator Quentin Blake has been making us smile for more than half a century.

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Celebrating the long career of one of Britain’s most iconic and best-loved artist-illustrators, The Quentin Blake Book offers luminous insights into his famous creations, collaborations and artistic process.
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Picture Books by Quentin Blake

Mister Magnolia
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Zagazoo
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Three Little Monkeys Ride Again
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Cockatoos
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Clown
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Simpkin
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The Green Ship
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Three Little Monkeys Ride Again
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Angelica Sprocket's Pockets
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Quentin Blake's ABC
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Angel Pavement
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The Weed
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All Join In
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Jack and Nancy
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Patrick
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Angelo
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Three Little Monkeys
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Fantastic Daisy Artichoke
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1000 piece jigsaw puzzle created by the internationally acclaimed artist Quentin Blake which features a iconic collage of historical Cambridge characters including Darwin, Byron, Newton, Milton, Frank Whittle, Crick and Watson.
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With Roald Dahl

Matilda
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The Twits
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George's Marvellous Medicine
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Fantastic Mr Fox
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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The Witches
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The Enormous Crocodile
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The BFG
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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
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The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
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The Magic Finger
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James and the Giant Peach
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Esio Trot
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The Enormous Crocodile
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Danny the Champion of the World
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Matilda
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Revolting Rhymes
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Picture Books with Roald Dahl

Dirty Beasts
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The Enormous Crocodile (Colour Edition)
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Esio Trot (Colour Edition)
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Fantastic Mr Fox (Colour Edn)
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George's Marvellous Medicine (Colour Edn)
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James and the Giant Peach (Colour Edition)
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The Magic Finger
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Matilda (Colour Edition)
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Revolting Rhymes (Colour Edition)
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The Twits (Colour Edition)
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The Witches (Colour Edition)
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The BFG (Colour Edition & CD)
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In Collaboration

Quentin Blake not only worked with Roald Dahl but has also collaborated with many other fantastic children's authors including David Walliams, Joan Aiken, John Yeoman, J.P Martin and Russell Hoban.

Mr Stink
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The Boy in the Dress
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The Bear's Winter House
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Meet the Family
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Uncle
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Sixes and Sevens
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The Wild Washerwomen
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Mouse Trouble
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The Boy in the Dress
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The Young Performing Horse
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The Bear's Water Picnic
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The Marzipan Pig
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Mr Stink
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Arabel's Raven
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Uncle Cleans Up
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The Twenty-Elephant Restaurant
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Beatrice and Vanessa
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The Spiral Stair
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The Best of Blake

Gift Books and Illustrated Hardbacks

The Quentin Blake Book
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The Box of Delights
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Quentin Blake's Magical Tales
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The Quentin Blake Treasury
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Mr Filkins in the Desert
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On Angel Wings
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Quentin Blake's Amazing Animal Stories
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Quentin Blake's Amazing Animal Stories
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The Birthday Book
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Three Little Owls
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The Five of Us
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The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus
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Quentin Blake's Magical Tales
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Quentin Blakes Ten Frogs
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Mrs Armitage

Mrs Armitage on Wheels
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Mrs Armitage And The Big Wave
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Mrs Armitage Queen Of The Road
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Poetry and Plays

On the Move: Poems About Migration
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On the Move: Poems About Migration
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Simpkin
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Cautionary Verses
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The Puffin Book of Nonsense Verse
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Bananas in My Ears
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Quentin Blake's Nursery Rhyme Book
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Collected Plays for Children
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So Much Nonsense
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The Art of Quentin Blake

The Quentin Blake Book
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Quentin Blake - A Year of Drawings
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Words and Pictures
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Beyond the Page
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Quentin Blake: Pens Ink & Places
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Quentin Blake: Pens Ink & Places
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Tell Me a Picture
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Women of Paris in Pictures
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Wildlife Artists of the Year
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20 Bald Men
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On the Wing
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Linear
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Chance Encounters
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Moonlight Travellers
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Children's Classics

The Tale of Kitty In Boots
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Five Children and It
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The Box of Delights
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The Box of Delights
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The Midnight Folk
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Christmas Books

Quentin Blake's A Christmas Carol
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Three Little Monkeys at Christmas
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Three Little Monkeys at Christmas
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Roald Dahl: On the First Day of Christmas
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Christmas Stories
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Biography

Appearing everywhere from greetings cards to hospitals and the National Gallery, Blake’s characters have become part of the fabric of British life and are some of the most instantly recognisable images in the world.

Born in London in 1932, Blake’s career as an illustrator started earlier than most, with his first cartoons for Punch appearing when he was just sixteen. Whilst teaching art, both at the Royal College of Art and at the prestigious Lycées Francais de Londres, Blake began illustrating children’s books in 1960 with A Drink of Water.

Since then he has gone on to illustrate more than 300 children’s books, collaborating with many of the best-loved children’s storytellers including Joan Aiken for her Arabel and Mortimer series, Michael Rosen and more recently David Walliams, bringing his hilarious characters Mr Stink and Gangsta Granny to life.


The Face of Dahl

In a career rich with successes it is as Roald Dahl’s illustrator that Blake will be remembered. As Dahl’s preferred illustrator, Blake worked closely with the author throughout his career, illustrating 18 of Dahl’s works and creating iconic images for some of his most famous creations including Matilda, The BFG and The Enormous Crocodile.

There is a lightness, a playful vibrancy about Blake’s illustration that lends itself to children’s characters in particular, making figures like spritely Willy Wonka, the outlandish Mrs Armitage or feisty pet raven Mortimer appear to dance, whirl and squawk from the page. Blake’s innovative, seemingly spontaneous style is actually created through painstaking work using a light box to overlay a rough scene with repeated drafts until he is happy with the exact details of expression and interaction. He says "what I want to convey is movement and gesture and atmosphere."


Laureateship and Beyond

Not only is Blake an award-winning illustrator, he has also written and illustrated many of his own works, creating some larger-than-life characters including Mrs Armitage and Mister Magnolia as well as more contemplative works such as The Green Ship and The Story of the Dancing Frog.

His position at the heart of contemporary children’s literature made him ideally placed to take up the inaugural post of Children’s Laureate in 1999, a position he held until 2001. He is a champion of children’s literature, involved with many exciting contemporary projects including illustrating a never-before-seen Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Kitty in Boots, in 2016.

Like his art, Blake seems constantly in a state of readiness, expectant, looking to the future, he says: 'The great thing is to keep on, thinking through the ideas, working on those drawings, trusting that 'something may happen.'