Sir Quentin Blake can tell wonderful stories without a single word, but his partnership with Roald Dahl was made in heaven. The diabolical ingenuity of Dahl came into its own only when he wrote for children and created magical stories that have enthralled generations.

The first book Roald Dahl and illustrator Quentin Blake worked upon together was The Enormous Crocodile. Roald and Quentin soon became firm friends, cementing one of the most eye-catching and distinctive collaborations in children’s literature. Their work has been published in over 40 languages and today is considered a modern classic.

roald-dahl-300x103Roald Dahl was born in 1916 in Wales to Norwegian parents. After a distinguished career as a fighter pilot and diplomat during the Second World War, Roald settled down to become a full time author.

He first wrote popular stories for adults, then later retelling many of the stories he made up at bedtime for his own children.

He has been referred to as one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century.


Sir Quentin Blake was born in the suburbs of London in 1932 and has drawn ever since he can remember.

He is an English cartoonist, illustrator and children’s writer and is probably best known for illustrating the books written by Roald Dahl.