Search Results: "Quentin Blake"


BOOK REVIEW

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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THE BFG by Quentin Blake
illustrated by Quentin Blake, by Roald Dahl
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 1982

"And it's hard to find the bumble-tongued BFG endearing."
Dahl's elemental fix on kids' consciousness gets this off to a surefire shivery start, with orphan Sophie, awake st the witching hour, snatched from her bed by a giant hand and carried off to a land of giants clear off the last page of the atlas. Read full book review >

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MATILDA by Quentin Blake
illustrated by Quentin Blake, by Roald Dahl
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1988

"And Dahl slips badly when he says that C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien have no 'funny bits' in their books."
After some autobiographical excursions, Dahl here returns to the sort of whimsically grotesque fantasy that makes grown-ups wince and children beg for more. Read full book review >

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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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MR. STINK by David Walliams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2010

"The funny bits, including Blake's occasional spot sketches, are really funny, but the rest of the trite tale comes off as no more than a convenient framework on which to hang them and a set of typecast characters. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A reeking vagrant instills homey togetherness in a family ruled by a domineering mother in this uneven production from the team behind The Boy in the Dress (2009). Read full book review >

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WIZZIL by William Steig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2000

"Sophisticated, they are never over the heads of the children and the adults who will enjoy Wizzil together. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Revenge can backfire as Wizzil the witch finds out in Steig's irreverent morality tale. Read full book review >

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ROSIE'S MAGIC HORSE by Russell Hoban
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"It's an exuberant reminder to dream big, although, sadly, Hoban's text has been Americanized, losing some of its flavor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl finds a discarded ice-pop stick, triggering a surprising adventure in this rib-tickling fantasy. 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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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ARABEL'S RAVEN by Quentin Blake
Released: May 10, 1974

"There is enough clutching for hilarity here that some of this is bound to be funny, but the family's indulgence of the tiresome bird is hard to credit and their distraction is too often just mechanically madcap."
A deliberately farfetched uproar about the consequences of Mortimer the raven's coming home one night with the taxi-driving father of little Arabel Jones. Read full book review >