Q – Quentin Blake

QBQuentin Blake is an illustrator, probably most famous for his collaborations with Roald Dahl.  I must confess that I did not know Quentin Blake before this A-Z.  He was meant to be a springboard to talk about Roald Dahl who has influenced me spectacularly in my life. However, today I feel this is unfair to Quentin and I cannot bring myself to do this.  I have discovered he is an excellent children’s book author in his own right. So I will write a dual post detailing a few details for each man.

RDRoald Dahl is a classic children’s author who’s stories have captured the imaginations of children worldwide , many of which have been made into animated tv series’s and/or films.  My favourite book, surprise surprise, was Fantastic Mr Fox. But I loved all of them, they were funny, gross, exciting and clever what more does a child want from a book? Dastardly, devious bad guys and curious, creative protagonists? They’ve got those too!

cockatoosQuentin Blake has illustrated more than 323 books.  18 of these were written by Roald Dahl, 35 he has written himself. He has also worked with Michael Rosen, Russell Hoban, Joan Aiken and John Yeoman. He has won many awards for his work in children’s literature including the Hans Christian Andersen Award (2002), which is the highest recognition that can be received internationally.

Quentin’s illustrations have a very distinct style and now I wonder how I could have missed the extent and spread of his work! It goes to show how as readers we hail the writer but rarely remember the work of the illustrators. I will now endeavour to change how I look at book and those who are involved in their production.

List of Works

Written by Roald Dahl and Illustrated by Quentin Blake

James & the Giant Peach (1961)                          Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (1964)

The Magic Finger (1966)                                        Fantastic Mr Fox (1970)

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1972)     Danny, the Champion of the World (1975)

The Enormous Crocodile (1978)                           The Twits (1980)

Georges Marvellous Medicine (1981)                  The BFG (1982)

The Witches (1983)                                                 The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (1985)

Matilda (1988)                                                         Esio Trot (1989)

The Vicar of Nibbleswicke (1990)

Picture Books Written & illustrated by Quentin Blake

Includes only a few of the 35 books (for a complete list click here):

Patrick (1968)                                                          Jack and Nancy (1969)

Mister Magnolia (1980)                                        Cockatoos (1992)

Clown (1995)                                                           The Green Ship (1998)

Zagazoo (1998)                                                        Loveykins (2002)



Fantastic Mr Fox, just one thing: “Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean. These horrible crooks so different in looks, were nevertheless equally mean.” Mr Fox is a character that uses his cunning and intellect to save his family from the mean farmers.

bfgSophie is an orphan who is kidnapped by the bfg. The BFG, or The Big Friendly Giant, eats snozzcumbers and farts musically with his whizz pops and whizz bangs. Sophie finds friendship, hope and happiness. However, there are evil giants that she discovers eat children, so she hatches a plan to stop them using the dream weaving skills of the BFG.

the witches bookThe Witches is a story about a boy who goes to stay in a hotel with his grandma on holiday.  The boy has had run ins with witches in the past and has learned to recognise them.  He is horrified to discover that the hotel in which they are staying happens to be host to a conference of witches who are planning to get rid of children once and for all. It is up to him to stop them before they can hatch their dastardly plan.






4 responses to “Q – Quentin Blake

  1. My son is on a big Dr Seuss kick (actually, it’s me, I love reading Dr Seuss) so I recognized Blake from “Great Day for Up!” We haven’t gotten into Dahl yet but I’m looking forward to it. 🙂

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