'It's quite extraordinary...to get up one morning and to be told that you have become the Children's Laureate; even more extraordinary to be the first.' Quentin Blake Charting Quentin Blake's experience as the first ever Children's Laureate, this book explores what the author perceived his new job to entail, and also takes us through the many other books, illustrations and projects that he undertook during this time. It is a fascinating insight into not only this most significant of roles, but also into the work of one of our best loved author-illustrators.
Born in 1932, Quentin Blake has been drawing ever since he can remember and has always made his living as an illustrator, although he has also taught, and for ten years was Head of the Illustration Department at the Royal College of Art. In addition to his own books, he is the major illustrator of Roald Dahl and has also collaborated with other well-known authors such as Joan Aiken and Russell Hoban. Winner of numerous awards, including the Kate Greenaway, the Kurt Maschler and the Smarties awards, Quentin Blake has recently completed a successful two-year tenure as the first Children's Laureate.