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British illustrator Quentin Blake's new children's book The Five of Us published by Tate
In the past Tate has been proud to publish Blake’s acclaimed memoirs Beyond the Page (2012) and Words and Pictures (2013).
LONDON.- On 4 September 2014, Tate will publish The Five of Us by Sir Quentin Blake. Blake’s new picture book is a celebration of diversity that features five friends, each with their own amazing ability. Teeming with Blake’s characteristic sense of fun and his exuberant illustrations, The Five of Us is also a powerful, though subtle, reminder that the world is a better place when we focus on what we can do, rather than on what we can’t.

Quentin Blake said: “I have put some children with disabilities into my books on the margin. And then two or three years ago, I thought: why can’t they be the main characters?” He added: “It is a sensitive area; you don’t want a quota, but you want these characters to be represented because that’s what life is like.”

Angie, Ollie, Simona, Mario and Eric are five fantastic friends, each of whom has an unusual ability. Disaster strikes on a day out to the countryside but, working together and combining their individual powers, the fantastic five save the day. Instead of focusing on the characters’ disabilities, The Five of Us champions teamwork and friendship.

In the past Tate has been proud to publish Blake’s acclaimed memoirs Beyond the Page (2012) and Words and Pictures (2013), as well as his children’s picture book Three Little Owls (2013). Earlier this year, Tate published Quentin Blake, a beautiful illustrated survey of Blake’s career by former Guardian children’s books editor, Joanna Carey. This accompanied Blake’s landmark exhibition ‘Inside Stories’, which is currently running at the House of Illustration until 2 November 2014.

Quentin Blake is one of the UK’s most beloved illustrators. In 1999, Blake was named the first Children’s Laureate and later, in 2013, he received a knighthood for ‘services to illustration’. He has won numerous awards, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration and the Whitbread Award. He is known for his collaboration with writers such as Russell Hoban, Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen, John Yeoman and, most famously, Roald Dahl. He has also illustrated classic books, including A Christmas Carol and Candide and created much-loved characters of his own, including Mister Magnolia and Mrs Armitage.

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