Happy New Year to one and all!
I’m not usually one for keeping abreast with the New Year honour list, but I was totally chuffed this year to see that Quentin Blake received a knighthood for his work as an illustrator – how wonderful! His distinctive style has delighted and fascinated me since I was teeny. I remember watching him on Jackanory (remember the Arabel & Mortimer stories?) and being struck by how he could convey so much in just a few strokes of his pen.
There’s one Sir Quentin/Dahl collaboration that I discovered relatively recently in a charity shop – I had no idea of its existence, and being a bit (!) of a railway geek these days I was delighted with it!
In 1991 the British Railways Board commissioned the pair of them to produce a railway safety guidelines booklet, and the result was the wickedly funny ‘Roald Dahl’s Guide to Railway Safety’ which was distributed to UK primary schools.
If you’re a fan of Sir Quentin or Dahl and haven’t come across it before, I’d highly recommend you try and get hold of a copy.
I think it’s about time it was re-released, with an eBook version too. What better way to educate kids on how to behave around the railway than with our best children’s author and our newly be-knighted best illustrator?