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Chris Riddell

  • 5 stars across 82 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
    7th September 2017

    Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony

    There are musical goings-on at Ghastly-Gorm Hall and another spooky mystery for Ada Goth to solve in Goth Girl and t... More

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    1st 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... More

    (12 reviews)
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    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... More

    (9 reviews)
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    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... More

    (9 reviews)
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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. Munr... More

    (8 reviews)
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    26th February 2015

    Ottoline Goes to School

    Meet Ottoline and her hairy, helpful friend Mr. Munroe. Ottoline is off to the Alice B. Smith School for the Different... More

    (7 reviews)
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    26th February 2015

    Ottoline at Sea

    Ottoline and Mr. Munroe do everything and go everywhere together. That is, until the day Mr. Munroe mysteriously disap... More

    (6 reviews)
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    29th July 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... More

    (5 reviews)
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    23rd August 2018

    Once Upon a Wild Wood

    Little Green Raincape is on her way to Rapunzel's party, deep in the wild woods. The way is long and dark, but Green i... More

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    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. ... More

    (4 reviews)
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