Blog Tour: Flights of Fancy

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Book Title: Flights of Fancy: Stories, pictures and inspiration from ten Children's Laureates (Available here)

Publisher: Walker

Publication Date: February 2019

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Children’s Laureates and to celebrate, all ten of the authors and illustrators who have held the title have come together to produce one special anthology. Flights of Fancy contains contributions from each former Laureate, including insights on their processes and inspirations, original stories and poems and special illustration challenges to spark children's imagination.

As well as highlighting each Laureate's unique contribution to the post, Flights of Fancy also offers a glimpse of the personalities behind each honouree.

Highlights of the anthology include Quentin Blake's insights into his illustrations of weird and wonderful beasts, an original rhyming play by Julia Donaldson and witty word-play poems by Michael Rosen. There are also activities for readers young and old to take on, including Anthony Browne's shape picture challenge and Malorie Blackman's 'word walk' game.

To celebrate the release, the publishers at Walker invited us to take part in the Flights of Fancy magical, marvellous vehicle design challenge. Here are our Quentin Blake-inspired contraptions, designed by our young bookworms:

If you want to join in with the challenge, tweet your designs and use the hashtags # childrenslaureate and # FlightsofFancy.


You can order Flights of Fancy online or from your local bookshop or library.

Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and inviting us to take part in the blog tour.


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