Roald Dahl fans rejoice as Quentin Blake puts pencil to paper to illustrate a Dahl book for the first time in 20 years.
Dahl may have been the man responsible for creating child heroes living in a world of torment and adversity that still end up coming up trumps, but Blake was the man that helped to bring them to life with his illustrations. And now he’s adding Billy from ‘The Minpins’ to his already outstanding repertoire that includes classics such as Matilda, Charlie and James.
Whilst this book has previously been published in 1991 under the name ‘The Minpins’ with colour illustrations by Patrick Benson, this new edition complete with the reworked title of ‘Billy and the Minpins’, will be black and white but won’t replace the original publication, with both copies being on sale.
From the announcement on the Roald Dahl website, Quentin Blake had this to say:
‘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!’
With Blake first beginning his collaboration with Dahl in 1978 for ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ it will be a real treat for fans for him to finally put his unique style on the one book not yet illustrated by him. and as a huge Dahl fan myself, I for one cannot wait.
If you haven’t read ‘The Minpins’, you might want to wait for the Blake illustrated version to arrive, but for now, be excited, go re-read ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ or ‘The BFG’ 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.’
The book is due to be released in the Autumn this year.