Quentin Blake-Selected Roald Dahl Illustrations On Display

By Graham Spicer | 01 August 2006
series of three drawings of a little girl in a tartan skirt and blue jumper

Miranda Mary Piker by Lauren Child. Courtesy Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, is displaying a lively selection of newly commissioned artwork from a recently published Roald Dahl anthology.

Songs And Verse runs until November 26 2006 and features poems and songs drawn from Dahl’s books, along with some previously unpublished works, and the exhibition presents them alongside the original watercolours, drawings and prints.

“Lively rhymes and songs are such an integral feature of Roald Dahl’s books and these illustrators have responded to them with great wit and imagination,” said Amelia Foster, director of the museum.

“They have produced a spectacular array of monsters, amongst them Emma Chichester Clark’s The Creature With 49 Heads, ghastly children like Mini Grey’s Greedy Augustus Gloop, magical creatures and nasty adults such as Helen Oxenbury’s Boggis and Bunce and Bean.”

drawing of a ginger haired girl sat on the toilet with a black cloud above her head

Goldie by Tony Ross. Courtesy Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

The illustrators were selected for the book by Quentin Blake, who has been Dahl’s principal illustrator over the years. Other artists include Lauren Child (best known for the popular televised Charlie and Lola books), Tony Ross (creator of the Dr Xargles series), Axel Scheffler (illustrator of The Gruffalo) and Posy Simmonds (satirical cartoonist at The Guardian newspaper).

There will be also be competitions running to complement the exhibition, challenging children to produce their own illustration of a Roald Dahl character or poem, with the chance to win museum prizes.

Among Roald Dahl’s many famous children’s books are James And The Giant Peach, The BFG and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. The Museum and Story Centre opened in June 2005 to chart his life and work. As well as showing temporary exhibitions the museum has plenty of hands-on activities to help get kids’ imaginations fired up about writing and storytelling.

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