The illustrations of Quentin Blake evoke a host of childhood memories. His distinctive, spontaneous style is both inspiring and tangible. Although for many he may be well know for illustrating the likes of Roald Dahl or Michael Rosen he is also a prolific author himself. Quentin Blake had his first illustration published at the age of 16, first illustrated a book in 1960, has been writing books since 1968 and became the first Children’s Laureate in 1999.
He has a rich range of titles many of which are perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers. His stories are filled with rhyming silliness, strong female figures and of course his splendid illustrations. The depth of imagination within the pages of his books is enchanting and never fails to raise a smile. As his works span the ages he is one author whose work will grow with your child. Some of our favourites are:
Angelica Sprocket’s Pockets This is Quetin Blakes’ latest book released April 2010. We were sent a copy and are absolutely over the moon with it. It has everything you would expect from one of his books as well as pockets and pockets full of surprises. We particularly love what she keeps for people who fall asleep – a bookshelf treasure.
ZagazooWhen George and Bella find a strange looking package with Zagazoo inside they think life is perfect. Zagazoo starts to change and they find all was not as they expected. I have a feeling that it may be a useful book to hang onto once our bambinos are heading for the teen years…
Fantastic Daisy Artichoke is the kind of person every child should have in their lives. The book is written poetically and entices everyone to join in with the story.
Cockatoos is hilarious. Professor Dupont is a creature of habit but one morning his ten cockatoos play a trick on him. Follow him around as he looks for the cheeky birds. A great book for children learning to count.
The Green Ship is a story about living through imagination and bringing adventure into our lives without leaving the back yard.