I have long admired the illustrations of Quentin Blake. To me, Roald Dahl’s books just would not have been the same without them. So when I found out that he (Blake) had illustrated a poster by Daniel Pennac, with the delicious title of “The Rights of the Reader”, I couldn’t resist.
And then I discovered that there was an entire book by Daniel Pennac, illustrated by Quentin Blake with the same name, first published in 1992. Here’s the description of the book: “Drawing on his experiences as a child, a parent, and an inner-city teacher in Paris, the author reflects on the power of story and reminds us of our right to read anything, anywhere, anytime, so long as we are enjoying ourselves. In a new translation with a foreword and illustrations by Quentin Blake, here is a guide to reading unlike any other: fresh, sympathetic, and never didactic, it is a work of literature in its own right.”
My favorite right is #6, of which I am repeatedly and unashamedly guilty. And if I would add another right, it would be #11: the right to not be interrupted while reading.
Download a PDF of the poster here.
And, *ahem*, for anyone who would like to make this reader’s eyes light up with joy and forever win her love and gratitude, you can always buy (me) the book here.
Or, for a cheaper alternative, tell me which right of the reader is your favorite, and if you could add another right for readers, what would it be?