Exhibition – Snozzcumbers and Frobscottle at Museum of Childhood (to 6 Sept 2009)

Snozzcumbers and Frobscottle! A splendiferous exhibition

Step into the quirky and humorous world of Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl with Snozzcumbers and Frobscottle, a celebration of the coming together of two amazing creative forces.

Explore Roald Dahl’s wondercrump world and see many of Quentin Blake’s original illustrations up close.  Over 80 pieces will be on display – from the BFG carefully cradling a teeny Sophie to Mr and Mrs Twit living up to their names.

Quentin Blake is famed for his lively, whimsical style, capturing the magic and occasional dark humour of Roald Dahl’s stories.

The exhibition looks at how an illustrator works with an author and the difficulties and problems that may arise. For example, when Blake came to illustrate The BFG, Dahl had the giant*s character in a long leather apron and boots, which was only mentioned once in the text but had to be featured in every illustration. Dahl felt the apron got in the way (especially when he was running) so the outfit had to be redesigned. The next problem they encountered was what The BFG would wear on his feet.

There are interactive exhibits throughout, including a replica BFG’s cave with Snozzcumbers, Frobscottle and dream catchers, plus audio of Dahl telling his unforgettable tales and an exclusive film of Blake at work in his studio in London.

V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road
E2 9PA

Open daily from 10am to 5.45pm