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Roald Dahl Stamp Set illustrated by Quentin Blake

January 31, 2012

I’ve just noticed that on the 10th January 2012, some of Dahl’s most popular children’s stories were featured on Royal Mail’s new stamp set .  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits and The Witches. As many of Dahl’s best loved stories have been illustrated by Quentin Blake it made perfect sense to use his illustrations.

Dahl’s daughter, Ophelia Dahl, said her father would have been “thrilled” about the stamps. “My dad wrote thousands of letters home throughout his life and never dreamed that one day one of his own characters would grace a stamp,” she said. “This is an excellent way for us to kick off a year of celebrations to mark 30 years in print for The Big Friendly Giant and it’s great that the stamps include a collector’s set, devoted to The BFG and other characters from this book.”  Dahl died in 1990. His writing for children and adults is published in almost 50 languages, and his books have sold over 50m copies in the UK alone.  James and the Giant Peach was a great childhood favourite book of mine.

More info from the Guardian site here, and more about Quentin Blake in a 2007 Guardian story here.

Soon after this post, I got a lovely message on Face book (below), now that’s what I call service with a smile !

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2012 5:20 pm

    I don’t collect stamps, but I need these! haha they are awesome!

    • January 31, 2012 5:28 pm

      Thanks Amy, Mr Blake does a good illustration evertime ! Glad you like them too.

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