Sir Quentin Blake’s new book (published September) The Five of Us celebrates young people with disabilities.
Most well known for his illustrations of the Roald Dahl books, this story is aimed at children aged five to seven and is about five friends, “each of whom has an unusual ability”, who save the day after disaster strikes on a day out in the countryside.
The book does not refer to their disabilities directly – the author was inspired to write it after working on drawings for the disability charity Scope. “I have put some children with disabilities into my books on the margin and then two or three years ago, I thought: why can’t they be the main characters? He added: “It is a sensitive area; you don’t want a quota, but you want these characters to be represented because that’s what life is like.”