Patrick Playing His Violin (1968), by Quentin Blake
Quentin Blake is an English cartoonist, illustrator, and children’s writer best known for his collaborations with Roald Dahl. This image, related to his book and adapted short film, Patrick, is about a man with a magical violin; when he plays it, fish sing and fly through the air, cake and ice cream grow on apple trees, and cows dance, among other extraordinary things. TC has the 7-minute film available on VHS. If you’re so inclined to watch it, we have VHS players on the second floor of the library.
Quoted about Quentin Blake from his official website:
‘Blake is beyond brilliant. He’s anarchic, moral, infinitely subversive, sometimes vicious, socially acute, sparse when he has to be, exuberantly lavish in the detail when he feels like it. He can tell wonderful stories without a single word, but his partnership with Roald Dahl was made in heaven. Or somewhere. The diabolic ingenuity of Dahl came into its own only when he wrote for children. In conjunction with Blake, there was a kind of alchemy. I’ve never met a child who didn’t love Quentin Blake.’ (Melanie McDonagh, Daily Telegraph)