The Five of Us on the Underground

The Five of Us, by Quentin Blake

The Book Fairies partnered with disability charity Scope to drop copies of The Five of Us by Quentin Blake on the London Underground as part of National Storytelling week and to raise awareness of inclusivity in reading.

 

About The Five of Us

Angie, Ollie, Simona, Mario, and Eric are five fantastic friends, each of whom has an unusual ability. Disaster strikes on a day in the countryside, but by working together and combining their individual powers, the Fantastic Five save the day.

Teeming with Quentin Blake’s characteristic sense of fun and exuberant illustrations, The Five of Us is a powerful though subtle reminder that the world is a better place when we focus on what we can do rather than what we can’t.

About Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake was born in the suburbs of London in 1932 and has drawn ever since he can remember. 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.

In 1999 he was appointed the first ever Children’s Laureate, a post designed to raise the profile of children’s literature. His book Laureate’s Progress (2002) recorded many of his activities and the illustrations he produced during his two-year tenure. Quentin Blake was created CBE in 2005, is an RDI and has numerous honorary degrees from universities throughout the UK. He received a knighthood for ‘services to illustration’ in the New Year’s Honours for 2013, and became an Honorary Freeman of the City of London in 2015.

If you missed getting your hands on a copy of this wonderful book then you can always buy a copy from Hive.co.uk, who support independent and local booksellers.

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