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Special 80th birthday edition of this joyous celebration of the art of ageing, from the masterly pen of one of the world's favourite illustrators.

Quentin Blake's drawings have been entertaining children and their parents for as long as any of us can remember, but this is the first time he has illustrated a book specifically for his own generation. Characteristically, it's humane and extremely funny at the same time, and if you are sixty or over - or even thinking about it - this book is required reading.


The age range? 60-plus but is seems well worth stocking, perhaps next to the till, as a possible pick-up for grandparents.


A joyous celebration of the art of ageing

The Oldie

There are folk we can recognise on every page. Vivacious, joyful, eccentric, artistic, comforting oldies. They are all there!


Quentin Blake's irrepressible people of a certain age romp through a virtually wordless delight... a wonderful, creative view of ageing and a life affirming pleasure

School Librarian

These wonderful, exuberant images of 'mature' people - still young at heart - enjoying themselves, and very often in trees - are unmissable!

The Good Book Guide

A joyous celebration through Quentin's uniquely original illustrations of the art of ageing... Whether it's making music, keeping fit or looking back on life, Quentin Blake, one of the world's favourite illustrators, shows just how much fun growing old can be.

Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids

Makes a wonderful present.


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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    January 2, 2013


    32 pages

    RRP $24.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop

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Also by Quentin Blake

The Twits
The Witches
George's Marvellous Medicine
The Enormous Crocodile
Roald Dahl's James's Giant Bug Book
All the Year Round
The World's Laziest Duck
Father Christmas's Last Present
The Roald Dahl Treasury
The Young Performing Horse
Mr. Nodd's Ark
Quick, Let's Get Out Of Here
Uncle And The Treacle Trouble
Uncle And His Detective
The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me
Rhyme Stew
The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus
The Quentin Blake Treasury
Rumbelow's Dance
Jack and Nancy
Sixes and Sevens
Angelica Sprocket's Pockets


Best Laid Plans
The Road to Little Dribbling
So, Anyway...
Anything Is Possible
Bridget Jones’s Baby
Shit Happens!
Beyond Veiled Clichés
The Holocaust
Book With No Pictures
The Twits
The LEGO® Batman Movie: Ultimate Sticker Collection
The Pigeon Tunnel
The 10% Entrepreneur
How to Stay Alive
That's Not English
Cats Getting Stuck!
Dan and Phil Go Outside
70s Dinner Party