Written and illustrated by Quentin Blake

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

One day, Clown is thrown into the trash, but he doesn't stay there long.

He tries to find someone to take care of his friends, but no one listens.

Then Clown finds someone he can take care of, and together, they make a home for everyone.

Follow the fortunes of Clown-- who starts in a garbage can and ends up in a happy family-- in this perfectly pitched picture book.

Master illustrator Quentin Blake has created an irrepressible character, an action-filled plot, and an eloquent story that can be read on several levels-- all without the use of a single word.

Clown is a 1996 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.

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Praise for Clown

"This story in mime unfolds with lots of action and quiet charm. The deft line drawings, tinted with watercolor washes, indicate character traits and emotions with great sensitivity to form, movement, and detail." --Booklist

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  • Written and illustrated by Quentin Blake

  • Quentin Blake is best known for his work with Roald Dahl. Between them they produced such classics as The Witches, The BFG, and Matilda. In 1981 he was awarded both the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Children's Book Award, and in 1988 the Order of the British Empire.


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Written and illustrated by Quentin Blake

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