A Drink of Water

John Yeoman, Quentin Blake


Originally published in 1960, this classic tale from beloved author John Yeoman and renowned illustrator Quentin Blake is a collection of seven charming animal fables. It was the first children’s book published by either John Yeoman or Quentin Blake, who are still producing books in partnership today nearly sixty years later. This facsimile edition reproduces the original publication and features a new foreword by Quentin Blake.

Young readers will adore the observant and logical monkey’s attempts to find a drink of water, as well the entertaining cast of animals featured in each story.

The creative partnership between John Yeoman and Quentin Blake will be the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the House of Illustration in London opening October 6, 2017.


John Yeoman


John Yeoman is the author of A Drink of Water, which was the first children’s book Quentin Blake illustrated. Since then, Yeoman has teamed up with Blake on many other children’s books.

Quentin Blake

Illustrated By

Quentin Blake is an illustrator of children’s books. He is known for his collaboration with such writers as John Yeoman, Russell Hoban, Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen, and Roald Dahl. He has also illustrated classic books, including A Christmas Carol and Candide and created much- loved characters of his own, including Mister Magnolia and Mrs. Armitage.