Once upon a time in 1975, an illustrator with a knack for crooked lines and an author with a penchant for dark humor forged a friendship children’s literature will never forget.
The author was Roald Dahl, the late British writer who brought us James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,Matilda and so much more. The illustrator was Quentin Blake, the artist whose pen is responsible for the characters we know visually as the Twits and the Big Friendly Giant. Together, these two men — one well known as a grumpy “curmudgeon,” the other hailed as “the absolute Don of illustration” — made kids’ dreams and whimsical nightmares come true.
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