Saturday, December 19, 2009

Quentin Blake's six best books

Quentin Blake, the artist and author best known for his illustrations of Roald Dahl’s children’s books, recently collaborated with author David Walliams on The Boy in the Dress, a children’s novel.

For The Week magazine, Blake named his six best books.

One title on the list:
Walter Sickert: The Complete Writings on Art edited by Anna Gruetzner Robins (Oxford, $140).

This is an extraordinarily rich kind of bedside book; it’s almost as though you were ­listening to this intelligent and extremely articulate painter. Sickert is undervalued, no doubt because many of his opinions are “wrong” according to contemp­orary critical orthodoxy, but all the more interesting for that.
Read about the other books on Blake's list.

--Marshal Zeringue