Picture book of the week: Never Grow Up by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake
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- Published on Wednesday, 09 June 2021 11:06
- Last Updated on 07 June 2021
- Monica Costa
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Publishing this week, brand new picture book Never Grow Up inspired by Roald Dahl celebrates the boundless joy of childhood and features full colour illustrations by Quentin Blake.
Inspired by the mischief and magic of Roald Dahl’s books for children, Never Grow Up offers a timely and timeless reminder of the kind of childhood we might want to create for our children – a world of playfulness and experiencing the natural world.
The message of this book reminds me of a conversation I had with Sir Quentin Blake a few years ago about his collaboration and friendship with Roald Dahl. He told me a funny anecdote about his friend. Two titans in the world of literature. I am glad I have at least met one. Read my interview with Quentin Blake here.
A largely unexplored format in the world of Roald Dahl, this special new picture book serves as the perfect introduction to his work and champions the philosophy that the best grown-ups ‘never grow up, always grown down.’
It’s rotten when you’re very small,
You hardly get a say at all.
It’s “No!” and “Quiet!” and “That’s enough!“
By golly, life – it can be tough . . .
This picture book is a sort of guide to growing up the Roald Dahl way, with gloriumptious illustrations, and a celebration of all the tremendous things children have in store – from adventure to inventions, chocolate cakes to rhino poo – along with a reminder that the very best grown ups are those who hold on tight to the kid inside.
Never Grow Up is available from Puffin in hardback for £12.99.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums