One of Britain's (if not the world's!) best loved illustrators, no one can deny the influence of Quentin Blake on the world of children's books! He has illustrated many favourite titles for other authors and has written and illustrated some gems of his own!
The first to take up the position of Children's Laureate in 1999, he worked hard to promote the importance of illustration. I went to the 'Tell Me A Picture' exhibition at the National Gallery in 2001 and still use the book from this to encourage children to look at the works of art he chose.
He conceived the idea for the 'House of Illustration' (http://www.houseofillustration.org.uk) where the 'Quentin Blake Gallery' will open on the 29th April 2016. Its first exhibition will be 'Seven Kinds of Magic'- 'The exhibition, curated by Quentin himself, will explore the varied depictions of magic both in his own books and in those of other writers such as Russell Hoban, John Yeoman and Roald Dahl. It will show original illustrations from seven very different books - including Angel Pavement and Rosie's Magic Horse - and is intended to appeal to lovers of illustration of all ages.'
My son and I used to love sharing the poems from 'All Join In' (we made our way through two copies of this one!) and the Mrs Armitage stories were firm favourites. These are also books that I have used regularly in class over the years.
Blake's illustrations have a way of tempting the most reluctant reader to pick up a book- his lively, fun pictures make the characters come to life! A must for each classroom, library and home shelf, works either illustrated by, written by or both by this amazing and talented author/illustrator have become a core part of children's literature today.
You can find out more at: http://www.quentinblake.com/