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Chris Riddell

  • 5 stars across 89 books
Chris Riddell Biography
Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, is an illustrator and political cartoonist for the Observer. Many of his children's books have won a number of major prizes including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. His other books include The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth books, the Scavenger series and the Blobheads series. 

Chris was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1962 but moved to England with his family when he was just one. He discovered a love for art and drawing from an early age and went on to study illustration at Brighton Polytechnic. Chris lives in Brighton with his wife and children.

Our favourite Chris Riddell Book Characters
Angus - from Angus Rides The Goods Train
Ottoline - from Ottoline and the Purple Fox
Billy Barnes - from Bumper Blobheads
Ada Goth - from the Goth Girl series

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26th February 2015

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat

Introducing Miss Ottoline Brown, an exceptionally inquisitive Mistress of Disguise, and her partner in crime, Mr Munroe.... MoreOttoline and the Yellow Cat

(32 reviews) Review
26th February 2015

Ottoline Goes to School

The second exciting Ottoline adventure! Ottoline Goes to School is a beautifully-illustrated story from the award-winnin... MoreOttoline Goes to School

(20 reviews) Review
12th September 2013

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse

Chris Riddell's Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the beautifully illustrated winner of the Costa Children's B... MoreGoth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse

(20 reviews) Review
7th September 2017

Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony

There are musical goings-on and a mystery for Ada to solve in Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony, the fourth beautifull... MoreGoth Girl and the Sinister Symphony

(19 reviews) Review
19th September 2019

Guardians of Magic

Guardians of Magic is the first title in the brilliant magical adventure series from the creator of Goth Girl, C... MoreGuardians of Magic

(17 reviews) Review
25th September 2014

Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death

Packed full with beautiful black and white illustrations from author Chris Riddell, Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Tha... MoreGoth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death

(14 reviews) Review
26th February 2015

Ottoline at Sea

Mr Munroe is missing! From the award-winning Chris Riddell, Ottoline at Sea is the third enchanting Ottoline adventure. ... MoreOttoline at Sea

(14 reviews) Review
22nd September 2016

Ottoline and the Purple Fox

Ottoline is back in Ottoline and the Purple Fox , a brand new adventure from Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell. ... MoreOttoline and the Purple Fox

(13 reviews) Review
24th September 2015

Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright

People are flocking to Ghastly-Gorm Hall from far and wide to compete in Lord Goth's Literary Dog Show. The esteemed j... MoreGoth Girl and the Wuthering Fright

(10 reviews) Review
4th August 2011

Mr Underbed

When Mr Underbed keeps him awake at night, shaking the bed and snoring loudly, Jim reaches for his earmuffs... only to g... MoreMr Underbed

(9 reviews) Review
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