Whether a beautiful gift for the Dahl fan or a stunning introduction to Roald Dahl's work; this superb hardback is jampacked with complete picture tales, as well as excerpts from longer stories, poetry (some previously unpublished), autobiographical material and letters. It is also filled with outstanding artwork from Quentin Blake, Raymond Briggs, Posy Simmonds, Ralph Steadman, Patrick Benson, Charlotte Voake, Lane Smith and Babette Cole among others.
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(263mm x 206mm x 34mm)
Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
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UK Kirkus Review »
A splendid tribute to and celebration of the work of one of the most inventive minds in children's literature. This weighty tome is fairly bursting with well-chosen extracts from Dahl's novels as well as complete shorter stories like Esio Trot and The Minpins some of the hilarious poems from Dirty Beasts and Revolting Rhymes. Autobiographical snippets also appear alongside some previously unpublished letters and other writings. A piece by his daughter on what it was like having Dahl as a father gives new insight into his quirky way of thinking. Quentin Blake has contributed many new drawings and other artists have illustrated some of the extracts. An impressive gift, this will appeal to adults who grew up reading Dahl's books - his first novel James and the Giant Peach was published in 1961 - and who will enjoy passing on the magic of this literary genius to their own children. (10 yrs +) (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl (Author) The son of Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated at Repton. He was a fighter pilot for the RAF during World War Two, and it was while writing about his experiences during this time that he started his career as an author. His fabulously popular children's books are read by children all over the world. He died in November 1990. Quentin Blake (Illustrator) 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.