The best 9 books to read with your kids


One of the best gifts The Southsea Bookworm received from Santa this Christmas was an anthology of drawings and verse from my favourite illustrator, Quentin Blake.

qb treasury

Undoubtedly best known for his artwork that accompanied Roald Dahl’s wonderful collection of children stories such as The BFG and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Blake fills every page he’s ever published with wit, wonder and joy.

This beautifully presented volume of nine books showcases his other work from his very first picture book through to his most recent short stories, poems and songs. And I can tell you that the drawings and rhymes here are an endless delight.

Here is what you’ll find included in the Treasury:qb treasury 2

  •  All Join In
  • Quentin Blake’s Nursery Rhyme Book
  • Patrick
  • Angelica Sprocket’s Pockets
  • Mister Magnolia
  • Quentin Blake’s ABC
  • Cockatoos
  • Angel Pavement
  • Mrs Armitage Queen of the Road

“All join in” and “Cockatoos” in particular made me yearn for childhood again. The witty rhymes are full of cheeky mischief and things like banana fizz and people with alligators in their pockets. His drawings as ever are stunning and hilarious – the kind of pictures you can look at for hours and suddenly see a bird hiding in the corner or a snake slithering up someone’s trouser leg. This Treasury is totally fun, very silly and enormously clever stuff.

There is something here to make every child laugh, gasp or go “eeuuuwww!”

I’m positive you’ll instantly become their favourite auntie, uncle or grandparent when you share this book with the child in your life. You’ll be laughing and singing along with them as, of course, you know you must ALL JOIN IN.

SOUTHSEA BOOKWORM RATING: 10/10 (Children’s books)

 Notes on the author – Quentin Blakequentin blake

  • Quentin Blake was born in the suburbs of London in 1932
  • He has drawn ever since he can remember and had his first drawings published in Punch when he was just 16 years old and still at school
  • Best known for his work in collaboration with Roald Dahl, Michael Rosen and Joan Aiken as well as for his own much loved creations such as Mister Magnolia and Angelica Sprocket

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