Quentin Blake has been drawing ever since he can remember. He taught illustration for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art, of which he is an honorary professor. He has won many prizes, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and in 1999 he was appointed the first Children's Laureate. In the 2013 New Year's Honours List he was knighted for services to illustration.
PreS-Gr 2 A gaunt, mature woman ``improves'' her simple bicycle with amusing and unlikely additions that eventually cause the demise of the resulting contraption. What makes Mrs. Armitage so likable is her resourcefulness; her independence; and her downright silly desires to embellish her wheels with horns, umbrellas, and other unusual items. Her faithful and equally amicable dog, Breakspear, accompanies her on her playful outings and even assists with her repairs. This story lends itself to reading aloud even with its odd assortment of details: ``a transistor radio-cassette player and a lot of cassettes of cheerful music and a mouth organ. . . .'' Blake's characteristic shakey-lined, light-hearted, elongated portraits reinforce this humorous tale as they fill the pages with mirth. Marianne Pilla, Allard K. Lowenstein Library of Long Beach, N.Y.
For freewheeling joy and inventiveness, this classic picture book is hard to beat. -- Korky Paul * S Magazine, Sunday Express *