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A Drink of Water

and other stories

John Yeoman


A facsimile edition of this classic book from 1960, the first to feature the illustrious Quentin Blake's much-loved work. For ages 6+


Who would believe it could be so hard to get a drink of water? And to find it at last, cool and fresh but out of reach – that was a problem indeed for a young monkey. But luckily for him, he had an observant and logical mind. This was more than could be said for the dog that made friends with the bear, or the vain jackdaw; and as for the silly ewe and the nanny goat – well, one might call it guile or one might call it simplicity that kept the wolves at bay.

First published in 1960, this charming book of animal fables was the first children’s book either Quentin Blake or John Yeoman ever published. It exudes all the warmth and wit we have come to expect of their collaborations.

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'This collection of animal tales is good for reading aloud and abounds with Mr. Blake's funny, expressive drawings'
Wall Street Journal

Further Details


Format: Hardback

Size: 21.0 x 15.2 cm

Extent: 64 pp

Illustrations: 18

Publication date: 5 October 2017

ISBN: 9780500651353

About the Author

John Yeoman was for many years Head of English at the French Lycée in London. His collaboration with Quentin Blake began in 1960 with A Drink of Water, and has resulted in a long list of successful children’s books.

Quentin Blake is arguably the UK’s most treasured illustrator and has illustrated over 300 books. Known for his collaborations with esteemed writers including Roald Dahl, John Yeoman, Michael Rosen and Russell Hoban, Blake’s work is universally recognised and adored. Quentin Blake received a knighthood for his services to illustration in 2013 and in 2014 was admitted to the Légion d’honneur in France.

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Quentin Blake