Quentin Blake chooses fifty of his favourite books from the world of children's literature. Each book is accompanied by comments from the Laureate himself, a short extract and illustrations wherever they appear. His favourites include Ted Hughes, EB White, Anne Fine, Nicola Bayley, Roald Dahl, Susan Cooper, Charles Dickens, Charles Causely and many, many more.
Quentin Blake has been drawing ever since he can remember. He taught illustration for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art, of which he is an honorary professor. He has won many prizes, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and in 1999 he was appointed the first Children's Laureate. In the 2013 New Year's Honours List he was knighted for services to illustration.