Quentin Saxby Blake, CBE, FCSD, RDI (born 16 December 1932) is a prolific English cartoonist, illustrator and children's author. He is best known for his illustration of books written by Roald Dahl. He was the inaugural British Children's Laureate (1999–2001) and he received the international, biennial Hans Christian Andersen Award for his career contribution to children's literature in 2002.
For Mister Magnolia, which he also wrote, Blake won the 1980 Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject. For the 50th anniversary of the Medal (1955–2005) it was named one of the top ten winning works, selected by panel to compose the ballot for a public election of the all-time favourite.
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