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Sir Quentin Blake was born in 1932 and has drawn ever since he can remember. Quentin Blake's first drawing was published in Punch when he was just 16. Quentin Blake went to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School before reading English at Downing College, Cambridge.  After National Service Quentin Blake did a postgraduate teaching diploma at the University of London, followed by life-classes at Chelsea Art School.



Quentin Blake has always made his living as an illustrator, as well as teaching for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art, where he was head of the Illustration department from 1978 to 1986. His first drawings were published in Punch while he was still at school. He continued to draw for Punch, The Spectator and other magazines over many years, while at the same time entering the world of children's books with A Drink of Water by John Yeoman in 1960.

He is known for his collaboration with writers such as Russell Hoban, Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen, John Yeoman and, most famously, Roald Dahl. He has also illustrated classic children's books, and created much-loved characters of his own, including Mister Magnolia and Mrs Armitage.

He is now recognised, according to The Guardian, as 'a national institution'. In 1999 he was appointed the first ever Children's Laureate, a post designed to raise the profile of children's literature. In 2002 Laureate's Progress recorded many of his activities and the illustrations he produced during his two-year tenure. In 1988 he was awarded an OBE for services to children’s literature and in 2005 he was made a CBE. In all Quentin Blake has collected over 12 honorary degrees which recognise his outstanding contribution to the worlds of illustration, children’s literature and now also exhibition curating. 2006/7 has brought him another clutch including Honorary Doctorates and in 2007, at the magnificent age of 75, France paid a special tribute to Quentin by creating him Officer de l’Ordre des Artes et des Lettres.
   
   
The Green Ship
The Green Ship

 
   
This child seemed to be interested in everything
This child seems to be interested in everything

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Charlie - 50th Anniversary Edition
Charlie - 50th Anniversary Edition
   
Down to the Beach
Down to the Beach
Everyone Ready?
Everyone Ready?

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Fifth Golden Ticket
Fifth Golden Ticket
How do you do?
How do you do?

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Mr Magnolia
Mr Magnolia
Mrs Armitage
Mrs Armitage
   
Round and round the Den
Round and round the Den
That means you've won
That means you've won
   
The Book Cart
The Book Cart
The most wonderful sweetshop
The most wonderful sweetshop
   
This was no ordinary whizzer
This was no ordinary whizzer
Whoppsy big secrets
Whoppsy big secrets
   
Action Stations James Shouted
"Action Stations!" James Shouted
An Extraordinary Man
An Extraordinary Little Man He Was
   
Bedtime
Bedtime
Celebration
Celebration
   
Mr Fox would creep down into the valley
Mr Fox would creep down into the valley
The BFG gave her a long stare
The BFG gave her a long hard stare
   
The Hen Began to Grow
The Hen Began to Grow
Zagazoo
Zagazoo
   
 
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