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The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers

John Yeoman, Quentin Blake


A 20th-century children's classic, the second collaboration between John Yeoman and Quentin Blake

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It is nearly the summer holidays and Billy Dexter and his classmates are trying to finish making their wicker baskets. Their craft teacher, Miss Beddows, is so appalled by Billy’s efforts that she keeps him in after class for a pep talk. ‘As long as you set your mind on something and try hard enough, there’s nothing you can’t do.’ Billy loves the idea that he can do anything, but his friends, Melanie and Paul, don’t agree. ‘What about growing horns?’ suggests Melanie. It is a challenge Billy has to accept.

Brimming with humour and written in John Yeoman’s child-centred, matter-of-fact style, this story from 1961 is vividly illustrated with Quentin Blake’s inimitable drawings. It was the second in a long line of the duo’s collaborations, following soon after their first book, A Drink of Water.

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Format: Hardback

Size: 21.0 x 15.2 cm

Extent: 48 pp

Illustrations: 19

Publication date: 4 October 2018

ISBN: 9780500651605

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.