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Chris Riddell

  • 5 stars across 78 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

    (5 reviews)
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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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    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

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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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    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

    (2 reviews)
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    3rd September 2010

    Alienography: Or, How to Spot an Alien Invasion and What to Do About It

    Do you know the difference between a Nostromian Weevil and a Zyglon Tentacle Beast? Could you resist an invasion of Purp... More

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    13th September 2012

    Alienography 2: Tips for Tiny Tyrants

    Join Chris Riddell and Colin the alien as they explain their tips for intergalactic domination. Learn how to select a si... More

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    6th April 2006

    Corby Flood

    Corby Flood and her family are about to set sail on the rather ramshackle cruise ship, the S.S. Euphonia. Her boisterous... More

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    5th April 2007

    Hugo Pepper

    A brilliantly inventive, fabulously illustrated addition to the Far-Flung Adventure series from the award-winning, bests... More

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    1st January 2009

    Barnaby Grimes: Legion of the Dead

    Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, high-stacking his way across the rooftops of his city in search of adventure and myst... More

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    27th March 2014

    Bumper Blobheads: Four books in one!

    Are there blobheads in your toilet? Billy Barnes has found Blobheads in his bathroom. Blobheads are weird purple al... More

    (1 review)
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    3rd July 2008

    Barnaby Grimes: Return of the Emerald Skull

    Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, running errands in his city, day and night, and high-stacking around the rooftops in ... More

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    7th April 2005

    Fergus Crane

    FERGUS CRANE! YOU ARE IN GREAT DANGER! I AM SENDING HELP. Signed T. C., your long-lost Uncle Theo Fergus Crane has an a... More

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    28th June 2016

    The Hunting of the Snark

    They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care; They pursued it with forks and hope; ... More

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    22nd June 2017

    My Little Book of Big Freedoms: The Human Rights Act in Pictures

    A classic picture-book edition of My Little Book of Big Freedoms illustrated by the former Waterstones Children's Laurea... More

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    20th September 2018

    Poems to Live Your Life By

    In Poems to Live Your Life By , Chris Riddell, political cartoonist for the Observer, has selected his very fa... More

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    13th October 2015

    Hugs

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    3rd July 2014

    The Edge Chronicles 7: The Last of the Sky Pirates: First Book of Rook

    Rook Barkwater lives in the network of sewer-chambers beneath Undertown, the bustling main city of the Edgeworld. He dre... More

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    3rd July 2014

    The Edge Chronicles 9: Freeglader: Third Book of Rook

    Fleeing from the ruins of New Undertown, young librarian knight Rook Barkwater and his colleagues - Felix Lodd and his b... More

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    4th October 2007

    Free Lance: Free Lance and the Lake Of Skulls

    Trouble has a way of tracking Free Lance down. A knight with a lance and a horse called Jed, Free Lance stumbles into ... More

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    3rd July 2014

    The Edge Chronicles 8: Vox: Second Book of Rook

    When young librarian knight Rook Barkwater is taken captive and forced to work for Vox Verlix - nominally the Most High ... More

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    27th March 2014

    Scavenger: Zoid

    Scavenger: Zoid is the first in a gripping sci-fi adventure series from the team behind The Edge Chronicles, Paul ... More

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    2nd October 2014

    The Edge Chronicles 11: The Nameless One: First Book of Cade

    Cade Quarter has never met his uncle, the infamous `descender' Nate Quarter, who years ago committed heresy by lowering ... More

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    28th February 2013

    Wendel's Workshop

    The complete story and original illustrations of Wendel's Workshop by Chris Riddell have been specially designed i... More

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    16th July 2015

    Scavenger: Chaos Zone

    After their fierce battle with the zoids, York and Belle must journey down to the next level of the Biosphere, where all... More

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    27th October 2014

    Barnaby Grimes: Phantom of Blood Alley

    Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, high-stacking his way across the rooftops of his city in search of adventure and myst... More

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    4th March 2011

    Muddle Earth

    Where would you find a perfumed bog filled with pink sticky hogs and exploding gas frogs? A place that's home to a wiz... More

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    1st April 2015

    The Edge Chronicles 12: Doombringer: Second Book of Cade

    Cade Quarter is building a new life for himself in the wild Farrow Ridges, miles away from civilization - and from the e... More

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    1st August 2013

    The Edge Chronicles 2: The Winter Knights: Second Book of Quint

    Quint Verginix has enrolled as a squire in the Knight's Academy. After his training, he will be able to pilot stormchase... More

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    30th January 2014

    The Edge Chronicles 4: Beyond the Deepwoods: First Book of Twig

    Abandoned at birth in the perilous Deepwoods, Twig Verginix is brought up by a family of woodtrolls. One cold night, Twi... More

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    1st August 2013

    The Edge Chronicles 1: The Curse of the Gloamglozer: First Book of Quint

    Fourteen-year-old Quint Verginix is the only remaining son of famous sky-pirate Wind Jackal. He and his father have jour... More

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    3rd January 2008

    Barnaby Grimes: Curse of the Night Wolf

    Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, running errands in his city, day and night, and 'high-stacking' around the rooftops i... More

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    1st August 2013

    The Edge Chronicles 3: Clash of the Sky Galleons: Third Book of Quint

    Young sky-pirate Quint Verginix's family was devastated when his mother and brothers were killed in a vicious arson atta... More

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    30th January 2014

    The Edge Chronicles 5: Stormchaser: Second Book of Twig

    Twig Verginix has now realised his dream of becoming a sky pirate, exploring the skies of the Edge as a crew-member of T... More

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    4th September 2014

    The Edge Chronicles 10: The Immortals: The Book of Nate

    It's five hundred years into the third age of flight and mighty phraxships steam across the immensity of the Deepwoods, ... More

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    1st August 2013

    The Emperor of Absurdia

    The complete story and original illustrations of The Emperor of Absurdia by Chris Riddell have been specially re-d... More

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    22nd October 2015

    Chris Riddell's Doodle-a-Day

    Doodle every day with Chris Riddell! There's a doodle to be done every day of the year in this brilliant book from... More

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    30th January 2014

    The Edge Chronicles 6: Midnight Over Sanctaphrax: Third Book of Twig

    Twig Verginix has gained a formidable reputation as the young sky pirate captain who dared to sail over the Edge. But fa... More

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    22nd October 2015

    Wendel and the Robots

    If his inventions go wrong, Wendel just throws them away and starts again. So when Clunk, his robot assistant, fills t... More

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    22nd October 2015

    The Emperor of Absurdia

    Welcome to Absurdia: a strange and wonderful land where nothing is quite what it seems. Trees are birds, umbrellas are... More

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    2nd March 2006

    The Stone Pilot

    This is an exclusive story, tracing the history of Maugin, the Stone Pilot, who Twig meets in "Stormchaser". Maugin is a... More

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    4th August 2011

    Wyrmeweald: Returner's Wealth

    Seventeen-year-old Micah, enters the wyrmeweald full of hope to return home having made his fortune. But this is a land ... More

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    29th January 2015

    Wyrmeweald: The Bone Trail

    An entire herd of greywyrmes, slaughtered for their flameoil. Others trapped, then viciously herded through the mountain... More

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    16th July 2015

    Scavenger: Zoid

    Scavenger: Zoid is the first in a brilliant sci-fi adventure series from the team behind The Edge Chronicles - Pau... More

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    7th February 2013

    Wyrmeweald: Bloodhoney

    Fullwinter in the weald - a season of almost unsurvivable cold for anyone foolish enough to venture outside. Even wyrmes... More

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    14th July 2016

    Scavenger: Mind Warp

    My name is York. I'm a scavenger. I'm fourteen years old . . . I am on a mission to save mankind. The zoids hav... More

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    4th September 2003

    Last of the Sky Pirates: First Book of Rook

    Rook Barkwater dreams of becoming a librarian knight - sent out to explore the mysteries of the Edgeworld. So when his c... More

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    12th December 2007

    Free Lance

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    1st January 2008

    Barnaby Grimes: Curse of the Nightwolf

    Barnaby Grimes is a Dickensian style tick-tock lad, running errands in his city and 'high-stacking' around the rooftops ... More

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    3rd September 2013

    The Bone Trail

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    3rd September 2013

    Bloodhoney

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    13th July 2017

    Travels with my Sketchbook

    After two years travelling the length and breadth of the country, visiting schools, libraries and festivals, and meeti... More

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    8th June 2017

    Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls (Book 1)

    Free Lance has no master - he journeys from village to village and castle to castle, competing in tournaments and workin... More

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    23rd August 2017

    Free Lance and the Field of Blood

    Free Lance has no master - be journeys from village to village and castle to castle, competing in tournaments and workin... More

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    1st June 2007

    Emperor of Absurdia Book and CD Pack

    Welcome to Absurdia: a strange and wonderful land where nothing is quite what it seems. Trees are birds, umbrellas are t... More

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    5th March 2004

    Muddle Earth

    Where would you find a perfumed bog filled with pink sticky hogs and exploding gas frogs? A place that's home to a wizar... More

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    1st August 2006

    The Emperor of Absurdia

    Skyfish nibble umbrella trees, pointy birds steal scarves to line their pointy nests, and dinner is served before lunch.... More

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    5th October 2007

    Wendel's Workshop

    If his inventions go wrong, Wendel just throws them away and starts again. So when Clunk, his robot assistant, fills the... More

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    6th June 2008

    Wendel's Workshop Book and CD Pack

    If his inventions go wrong, Wendel just throws them away and starts again. So when Clunk, his robot assistant, fills the... More

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    7th March 2003

    Blobheads

    ARE THERE BLOBHEADS IN YOUR TOILET? Billy Barnes has found Blobheads in his bathroom. Blobheads are weird, purple aliens... More

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    5th March 2004

    Blobheads Go Boing!

    Living with aliens isn't easy. Billy Barnes is getting fed up with the Blobheads - Zerek, Kerek and Derek. Their very im... More

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    19th October 2017

    100 Hugs: Festive Edition

    Give someone a hug this Christmas! 100 Hugs is a gorgeous collection of hugs from Children's Laureate Chris Riddell is t... More

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    1st January 2010

    Barnaby Grimes: Phantom of Blood Alley

    Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, high-stacking his way across the rooftops of his city in search of adventure and myst... More

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    1st January 2010

    The Edge Chronicles 9: Freeglader

    Fleeing from the ruins of New Undertown, Rook Barkwater and his colleagues - the librarian knights, Felix Lodd and his b... More

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    3rd July 1997

    Mr Underbed

    One night, just as Jim is dropping off to sleep, the bedsprings creak and a head pokes out from under his bed. It is Mr ... More

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    5th October 1998

    Wish Factory

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    2nd February 2018

    Free Lance and the Dragon's Hoard

    It should have been an easy job for Free Lance; protect the wealthy merchant and his jewels on a journey home, nothing o... More

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    7th March 2019

    The Edge Chronicles 13: The Descenders: Third Book of Cade

    Celebrate twenty years of The Edge Chronicles with this stunning special edition! Cade Quarter has spent the last few ... More

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    1st January 2014

    The Edge Chronicles 11: The Nameless One

    If he didn't get out of the city now, he was as good as dead. Cade has never met his uncle, the infamous 'descender' Nat... More

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    4th September 2008

    The Rook Trilogy

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    20th September 2018

    Poems to Live Your Life By

    In Poems to Live Your Life By , Chris Riddell, political cartoonist for the Observer, has selected his very fa... More

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    21st February 2019

    Bumper Blobheads

    From the pair behind Muddle Earth and The Edge Chronicles , Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell's Bumper Blobheads... More

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