Sunday, October 7, 2012

Children's books

When I find a new (usually used, but new to me) book, I flip through and decide if I like the artwork.  If I do, I buy it and take it home to read.  Most of the time, the stories are not completely satisfying, but I keep them for the pleasing art anyway.  However, when I find any written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, I know it's going to be a delightful afternoon snuggled in bed giggling at their whimsical creations.  This wonderful team worked together for over fifteen years and produced many brilliant books.  Quentin Blake is an amazing illustrator whose messy scribbles are full of personality and humor.  Roald Dahl is one of the greatest storytellers ever, so funny and natural you barely know he's there until you burst out laughing at his charming and wicked honesty, as here in George's Marvelous Medicine:
      George couldn't help disliking Grandma.  She was a
       selfish grumpy old woman.  She had pale brown teeth
       and a small puckered-up mouth like a dog's bottom.   

George's Marvelous Medicine

 Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator 

Fantastic Mr. Fox 


The Witches 

Revolting Rhymes