Flights of Fancy by Various Authors – Book Review

Flights of Fancy by Various Authors – Book Review

Flights of Fancy by Various Authors

Flights of Fancy

Author – Various Authors
Publisher – Walker Books
Pages – 80
Released – 7th February 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-1406384659
Format – hardcover
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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The exceptional talents behind some of the nation’s best-loved books – from The Gruffalo to The BFG, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt to the Charlie and Lola series – the Children’s Laureates are the perfect ambassadors for children’s literature.

This beautiful gift anthology marks twenty wonderful years of the Laureateship, with stories, poems and pictures by all ten former honourees. Among others, Quentin Blake tells the stories behind his pictures of weird and wonderful beasts, Michael Morpurgo draws on childhood memories for a moving wartime tale and Michael Rosen plays with language and shapes in his witty, read-aloud poems.

Each contribution is designed to inspire children to create their own work, and is accompanied by a note from the authors – rare insights from the finest talent in the world of children’s books. Above all else, Flights of Fancy celebrates the Laureateship’s most important achievement: encouraging children to let their imaginations soar.

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In 1999 Quentin Blake – You probably know him best as the illustrator of Roald Dahl’s books – Became the first Children’s Laureate. This is an award that is given every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children’s books to celebrate their outstanding achievement.

Over the last twenty years there have been ten Children’s Laureates and in this anthology, you will find all ten of them in chronological order writing about their passion. Some have tales to tell, others drawings to share. The book is about igniting a love for reading and captivating children’s imaginations.

Throughout you can find out about how Quentin Blake puts himself in the stories before drawing his fabulous illustrations. How author Anne Fine, who wrote Madame Doubtfire which was adapted to for screen and became Mrs Doubtfire, came to have a love of bookplates. Listen to Micheal Morpurgo, author of War Horse, as he tells children how to find their own voices, plus many more wonderful chapters.

I enjoyed the book immensely, there was something completely different waiting in each chapter, as each one was written by a different author. At the back of the book, there is information on each of the authors and also twenty ideas for creative projects including keeping a doodle diary or making a word wheel.

This is a book that can be enjoyed by both children and adults. Don’t forget people like myself grew up with some of these authors so it was nice to hear about them in their own words and with their own illustrations.

This year there will be events around the country celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Children’s Laureate. Whether you can attend one or not you really should be picking up this book as it will make you smile and bring you so much joy.

The ten Children’s laureates are – Quentin Blake, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Rosen, Anthony Browne, Julia Donaldson, Malorie Blackman, Chris Riddell, and Lauren Child.

Reviewed by Stacey

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22 Responses

  1. One never really gives much thought to the illustrators of books. Preferring instead to concentrate on the pretty pictures. It is so refreshing to see their work from their pictures’ viewpoints .

  2. Adding this to my TBR. Thank you for sharing.

  3. DJ Sakata says:

    Looks crafty

  4. Emma Mane says:

    Very nice. Anthology of wonderful authors, what’s not to like.

  5. Bianca says:

    This sounds like such a fun read!

  6. Marcia says:

    Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Mandi Schneck says:

    I really need to read more anthologies. This seems pretty good for someone really into children’s lit!

  8. You are very welcome. Glad you like the look of it.

  9. It’s a great book that will spark the imagination.

  10. I agree entirely.

  11. Thank you. You are welcome.

  12. It’s a lovely book for children

  13. Great post, going to have to look for this one because it def feels like my childhood!

  14. Whoa. I love the cover. And I think I have to add this on my tbr! Thank you for sharing this title to us. ?

  15. Great review! Glad you enjoyed it!

  16. Great review Stacey, this is the first time I have heard or seen this book and it really looks and sounds like a amazingly fun book. I am really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  17. Thank you. I’m sure you will love the book.

  18. I know the cover is lovely. Great you have added it to you TBR list, I hope you enjoy it.