Search Results: "Quentin Blake"


BOOK REVIEW

QUENTIN BLAKE'S MAGICAL TALES by John Yeoman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"The pictures, full-page color and vignettes in black-and-white wash, are full of spirit and energy, their vivacious line drawing the eye again and again—the stories, however, may not be such a draw. (Folktales. 8-12)"
Quentin Blake's magical, whimsical illustrations are the best raison d'être for this eclectic and unsourced collection of stories. Read full book review >

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QUENTIN BLAKE'S AMAZING ANIMAL STORIES by John Yeoman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Remarkable illustrations, brief retellings and clear morals do not quite make a satisfying collection. (Folk tales. 7-10)"
Fourteen animal tales are presented in the same format as Quentin Blake's Magical Tales (2012), with many of the same strengths and weaknesses. Read full book review >

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BLAKE by Peter Ackroyd
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 1996

"Not the least part of Ackroyd's accomplishment is to have limited himself to 416 pages—enough, and (to paraphrase Blake), assuredly not too much. (16 pages b&w illustrations, 24 pages color illustrations, 73 text illustrations, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
Ackroyd's biography of William Blake represents an achievement of composite method fully in the poet's own spirit—it's a work so sensitive to its subject, it seems to have conjured him from the beyond. Read full book review >

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LOVEYKINS by Quentin Blake
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

Engaging with eccentricity is rarely a smooth road, which is why a pairing of quirky and endearing often rings hollow. Read full book review >

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SIMPKIN by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"An entertaining portrait that's also an imaginative lesson in antonyms, presented with panache; once again, Blake's expressive, deftly scribbled drawings, enhanced with sparkling color, are a delight. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A rambunctious boy enacts a series of opposites succinctly set in verse (``Simpkin WARM and Simkin CHILLY/Simkin SENSIBLE and SILLY/And sometimes when we stand and call/Simpkin JUST NOT THERE AT ALL'') and elaborated to hilarity in Blake's happy-go- lucky art—e.g., above, Simpkin's waiting sister abruptly changes the temperature of the shower he's enjoying. Read full book review >

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MRS. ARMITAGE by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Excellent for read-alouds, and besides, it will remind you to pull out his Captain Najork stories once again. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What could be more appealing than Mrs. Anastasia Armitage, sitting at table opposite her dog Breakspear of a morning, reading Uncle Cosmo's letter informing her that he's given her his old car. Read full book review >

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ZAGAZOO by Quentin Blake
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"This book is hilarious, and parents and children will be nodding in recognition as Zagazoo grows up and as his parents grow—happier. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Blake's take on the stages of childhood is entertainingly offbeat but right on target. Read full book review >

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COCKATOOS by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Blake's illustrations are, as ever, funny and filled with lively detail; but while this doubles as a counting book, it's as airy and weightless as a feather. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Weary of hearing the same greeting day after day—``Good morning, my fine feathered friends!''—Professor Dupont's ten cockatoos fly the coop. Read full book review >

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ALL JOIN IN by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Blake's ear is as good as his eye: his nifty turns of phrase are as much fun as his daft, hyperactive characters. Subversive, but never mind—''Join In!'' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Seven delightful poems, together with wickedly deft, hilarious illustrations, celebrate noise-generating activities: tantrums, gleeful squeals, sorting pots and pans, yowling back yard cats—even a bit of house cleaning ends in pandemonium here. Read full book review >

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MRS. ARMITAGE AND THE BIG WAVE by Quentin Blake
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The heroine's no-sweat attitude, along with Blake's humorous details, are the perfect combination for beach blanket fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Surf's up and Mrs. Armitage is ready to do the California slither, Bali swerve, and Waikiki flip. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2008

"For a far more compelling dissection of Tarantino and his contemporaries, see Sharon Waxman's excellent Rebels on the Backlot (2005), which offers three vital qualities sorely lacking here: access, context and insight."
Super-uncool biography of the supercool filmmaker. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL ROSEN’S SAD BOOK by Michael Rosen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Readers burdened by similar loss will be touched by the honesty and perception here. (Picture book. 6-10)"
"Where is sad? Sad is anywhere. Read full book review >