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Quentin Blake books

The Tale of Kitty - In - Boots

Quentin Blake has been bringing stories and poems to life for decades - and his instantly recognisable illustrations are still making children smile today.

The first ever Children's Laureate has some wonderful books under his belt - whether it's his own wonderful titles, his collaborations with writers like John Yeoman and Michael Rosen, or his iconic illustrations of classic Roald Dahl stories.

We've put together a list of just some of our favourites for you and your family to enjoy.

  • Quentin Blake's ABC

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Learning your alphabet has never been so much fun as with this brilliantly funny book from a favourite author and illustrator Quentin Blake.

  • Quentin Blake's Nursery Rhyme Book

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Red Fox

    This collection of lesser-known nursery rhymes from the 1950s, with lively illustrations by Quentin Blake, will introduce children to a host of intriguing characters.

  • The Five of Us

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Tate Publishing

    This book is testament to Blake's belief that all children need to be able find themselves in books.

  • Angelica Sprocket's Pockets

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books

    Angelica’s small chums are enchanted by the contents of her pockets which include mice, cheese, hankies, frying pans, umbrellas and much more!

  • Patrick

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Setting out to buy a violin, Patrick finds that playing it transforms not only his outlook on life, but the lives of all he meets, be it plant, animal or human!

  • Michael Rosen's Sad Book

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Walker Books

    The subject of bereavement is treated in an unusual way in Michael Rosen's Sad Book, which deals with the death of the author's own son.

  • Revolting Rhymes

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Penguin

    This is an hilarious collection of some well-loved fairy tales, cleverly reinvented by Roald Dahl.

  • All The Year Round

    Author: John Yeoman and Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    With Quentin Blake's instantly recognisable illustrations, this picture book contains 12 funny poems by John Yeoman: one for each month of the year, with suggested activities. A lovely, funny book that captures the fizz and farce of close family life.

  • Matilda

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Puffin

    This modern fairy-tale with a brilliantly inspiring young heroine is one of Roald Dahl's best loved stories.

  • Quick, Let’s Get Out of Here

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    Two former Children’s Laureates join forces for this brilliantly entertaining poetry collection for children

  • The Box of Delights

    Author: John Masefield Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: The Box of Delights

    A magical old man has asked Kay to protect the Box of Delights, a Box with which he can travel through time. But Kay is in danger: Abner Brown will stop at nothing to get his hands on it. The police don't believe Kay, so when his family and the Bishop are scrobbled up just before Christmas, he knows he must act alone...

  • The Boy in the Dress

    Author: David Walliams Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: HarperCollins Childrens Books

    Despite its sensitive subject matter, this book is filled with humour

  • The Tale of Kitty - In - Boots

    Author: Beatrix Potter Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Penguin

    Miss Kitty is an elegant and graceful house cat, well-behaved and doted on by her owner. However, at night she sneaks out to the woods to pursue her favourite pastime: poaching!

  • Three Little Monkeys

    Author: Emma Chichester Clark Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books

    Three Little Monkeys is the tale of Hilda Snibbs's attempts to keep a trio of messy monkeys under control - and the disasters that occur when she pops out for the afternoon. The story is a romp and promises lots of laughs.

  • Flights of Fancy: Stories, Pictures and Inspiration from Ten Children’s Laureates

    Author: Quentin Blake Anne Fine Michael Morpurgo Jacqueline Wilson Michael Rosen Julia Donaldson Anthony Browne Malorie Blackman Chris Riddell and Lauren Child
    Publisher: Walker Books

    To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Waterstones Children’s Laureate, the incredible authors and illustrators who have held the title have come together to make one magical anthology, full of inspiration to help children’s imaginations soar.

  • A Near Thing for Captain Najork

    Author: Russell Hoban Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This is another fantastic collaboration between Hoban and Blake. The story is a joyous, nonsensical tale of misadventure and the illustrations capture the absurdity perfectly.

  • The Rain Door

    Author: Russell Hoban Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This adventurous tale is a flawless blend of excitement and surrealism that children are sure to adore.

  • The Twenty-Elephant Restaurant

    Author: Russell Hoban Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This is sure to raise lots of giggles and become a firm favourite, especially this lovely new hardback edition, which would make the perfect gift.

  • Jack and Nancy

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Jack and Nancy long to have an adventure - and then one day a strong wind and an umbrella make their wish come true.

  • Rumbelow's Dance

    Author: John Yeoman Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Rumbelow is dancing on his way to his grandparents' house - and soon, everyone else is joining in to dance too.