Clown book cover
Created: 14th August, 2015


Author: Quentin Blake
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Penguin

Most children will be familiar with Quentin Blake’s distinctive illustrations. This is a wordless book but readers will need to bring their understanding of narrative informed by the conventions of comics to the story which has the cinematic quality of a silent film. The clown is an unwanted toy which comes to life and, after trials and tribulations, finds a happy home. The children’s literature tradition that only children are aware that a toy is alive is maintained throughout.