Sir Quentin Blake concludes his lifelong collaboration wih Roald Dahl with a new edition of the very last tale from Dahl's pen.
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
Billy lives in a quiet house on the edge of a great, creeping forest full of secrets. His mother warns him to steer clear, telling fearsome stories about the terrible things that live there; things like Snozzwanglers and Hornswogglers and worst of all “the Terrible Bloodsuckling Toothpluckling Stonechuckling Spittler”. But one day Billy can’t help but go looking for the magic that calls to him from inside…
There he meets the Minpins, tiny tree-dwelling people whose children are the size of matchsticks. They live in fear of the terrible, galloping Gruncher. Will it gobble Billy too - or can he find a way to defeat the hungry beast?
From Matilda to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG, the collaboration between Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake has captured millions of children's imaginations for nearly forty years. Originally published in 1991 with illustrations by Patrick Benson, Billy and the Minpins is the culmination of a lifelong collaboration and this new interpretation of Roald Dahl's very last story, is as magical as any Dahl ever envisaged.
‘I was delighted to be asked to illustrate Roald’s Billy and the Minpins; it feels like the cornerstone in our long collaboration together. As Roald's parting gift, Patrick Benson's illustrations in the original edition were perfectly suited to the lyrical feel of The Minpins. I have always greatly admired Patrick's artwork and am so pleased both books will sit alongside each other, reaching fans of all ages. This new edition has nearly fifty pages of black-and-white drawings, which means I can enjoy myself tremendously going into all the details of Billy’s exploits and adventures with the Minpins in the mysterious forest!’ – Quentin Blake
Pre-order now to complete your collection in time for Roald Dahl Day, September 2017.
Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains the world’s number one storyteller.
One of Britain’s finest living illustrators, Quentin Blake has put pictures to more than three hundred books and was Roald Dahl’s favourite illustrator. As an author he has written and illustrated a number of bestselling children’s books including The Green Ship and Angelica Sprocket’s Pockets. In 1999 he became the first ever Children’s Laureate and in 2013 he was knighted for services to illustration.
Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 278 g
Dimensions: 222 x 162 x 16 mm