John Yeoman was for many years Head of English at the French Lycee in London. His collaboration with Quentin Blake began in 1960 with A Drink of Water, and has resulted in a long list of successful children's books. Quentin Blake is arguably the UK's most treasured illustrator and has illustrated over 300 books. Known for his collaborations with esteemed writers including Roald Dahl, John Yeoman, Michael Rosen and Russell Hoban, Blake's work is universally recognised and adored. Quentin Blake received a knighthood for his services to illustration in 2013 and in 2014 was admitted to the Legion d'honneur in France.