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Chris Riddell

  • 4 stars across 70 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
    17th September 2013

    Fortunately, the Milk . . .

    You know what it's like when your mum goes away on a business trip and Dad's in charge. She leaves a really, really lon... More

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    1st October 2017

    A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young

    Two of the biggest names in children's publishing, Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell, come together in a new poetry collec... More

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    2nd August 2008

    The Tales of Beedle the Bard

    'You've never heard of The Tales of Beedle the Bard?' said Ron incredulously. 'You're kidding, right?' (From Harry Potte... More

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    3rd November 2015

    My Little Book of Big Freedoms

    My Little Book of BIG Freedoms is a beautiful, inspiring book for everyone, young and old. Inside you'll find sixteen dr... More

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    23rd October 2014

    The Sleeper and the Spindle

    A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Ridde... More

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    1st August 2013

    Angus Rides The Goods Train

    When Angus boards the goods train, laden with milk, honey, and rice, he's full of excitement as the driver speeds across... More

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    6th September 2007

    Songs and Verse

    Exuberant rhymes are an intrinsic part of the appeal of Roald Dahl's books - and here are some classic and magical momen... More

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    22nd October 2014

    Russell Brand's Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin

    'Once upon a time, a mysterious time that exists through a window in your mind, a time that seemed, to those present, ex... More

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    4th September 2014

    Witchworld

    The witches of Witchworld have no need for old-fashioned wands or broomsticks, not when they have shiny Spellsticks and ... More

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    6th October 2017

    I Killed Father Christmas

    Jo-Jo is convinced that Christmas is cancelled - and it's all his fault. To make amends, he decides he must become Fathe... 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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    24th August 2006

    Homes Around the World: Island Home

    Homes Around the World looks at different homes in geographically-diverse locations. Each book encourages readers to as... More

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    6th July 2011

    Something Else

    A simple story, about a small creature who does his best to join in with the others. But he's different. No matter how... More

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    28th August 2003

    Gargling with Jelly: A Collection of Poems

    Hilarious, lyrical, outrageous and serious poems all rub shoulders in this collection. Naughty children with nasty habit... More

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    2nd October 2014

    The Snow Merchant

    This new edition has artwork from award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell. Lettie Peppercorn lives in a house on stilts... More

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    10th October 2013

    Coraline

    There is something strange about Coraline's new home. It's not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her... More

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    3rd February 2016

    Monster Slayer

    The monster Grendel has awoken and the townspeople are terrified. Even the King has abandoned his great Hall. Hero after... More

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    15th October 2015

    Island

    Island by Nicky Singer and illustrated by Chris Riddell... More

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    1st October 2008

    The Graveyard Book

    When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and secu... More

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    2nd August 2018

    A Kid in My Class: Poems by

    "He's not scared of nothing. Nobody. Never. Nah. Which means that he is. Tough Kid. Not t... More

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    6th October 2003

    Coraline

    "Sometimes funny, always creepy, genuinely moving, this marvellous spine-chiller will appeal to readers from nine to nin... 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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    4th June 2015

    Wild Boy and the Black Terror

    The second in a series of pacy, mystery-adventure stories, set in the seamy, smoggy underworld of Victorian London. A n... More

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    31st December 2011

    Until I Met Dudley

    Have you ever wondered how a toaster works? Or a fridge-freezer, or a washing-up machine? In this fun-filled book of h... More

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    3rd July 2014

    Castle Diary

    The medieval journal of Tobias Burgess, a young page. Sent to his uncle's castle to learn to be a page, eleven-year-old... More

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    4th September 2006

    Jonathan Swift's Gulliver

    A prize-winning edition of one of the best-loved stories in English literature. This magnificent edition of Jonathan Sw... More

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    3rd September 2015

    Witchmyth

    The brilliant sequel to WITCHWORLD finds Flo pitched into battle with another dire creature thought to be extinct - the ... 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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    4th March 2000

    Out for the Count Big Book

    Tom can't sleep, so his father suggests he try counting sheep. Soon the sheep are leading him and his trusty stuffed-rab... More

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    3rd May 2012

    Thawing Frozen Frogs

    "I nibbled a mother, But wanting something new I boiled a bit of Granny And tried some Uncle-stew. I did not eat the bab... More

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    6th April 2000

    Juggling with Gerbils

    A great new collection of poetry, wide-ranging in both form and subject matter. Full of Brian Patten's wonderful wit and... More

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    1st March 2010

    Don Quixote

    Walker Illustrated Classics is a new series which brings together some of the best-loved stories ever told, illustrated ... More

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    4th July 2002

    Rabbit's Wish

    Rabbit and Hedgehog are the best of friends, even though Rabbit is awake all day, but Hedgehog is only awake at night. R... More

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    26th September 2017

    Just William

    Meet everyone's favourite troublemaker in this beautiful Macmillan Children's Classics hardback edition. In Ric... More

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    26th October 2000

    A Little Bit Of Winter

    It's nearly winter and time for Hedgehog's annual sleep. Rabbit is anxious at the thought of the long, cold months witho... More

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    3rd July 2014

    Pirate Diary

    The swashbuckling adventures of Jake Carpenter, cabin boy. The twenty-third of September, 1716. I write this on my last... More

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    5th November 2015

    Gulliver's Travels: Voyage to Lilliput

    Voyage to Lilliput, the first adventure in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, is illustrated by new Children's Laureat... More

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    4th October 2004

    The Story Giant

    A magical story that weaves together fifty world tales, by a renowned poet, and illustrated by 2002 Greenaway Medal wi... More

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    1st October 2015

    Gargling with Jelly: A Collection of Poems

    Gargling with Jelly by Brian Patten, one of our best-loved poets. Hilarious, lyrical, outrageous and serious poems a... More

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    21st July 2016

    The Castle of Inside Out

    Lorina, a young schoolgirl, is led by a black rabbit through a wood to a magical land. There she finds a race of green p... More

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    4th September 2006

    Politics - Cutting Through the Crap

    What is politics? How does Parliament work? Is the great British democracy even a true democracy? And why are politician... More

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    8th September 2016

    Odd and the Frost Giants

    A thrilling, wintry Nordic epic from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell, ... More

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    20th October 2016

    The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition

    Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015, The Lie Tree is a dark and powerful novel from universally acclaimed au... More

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    4th August 2016

    Witchwild

    I stared. At the small hissing nibbet, at its glowing green eyes. And I felt the hairs on the back of my neck - slowly, ... More

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    8th September 2016

    The Sleeper and the Spindle: Deluxe Edition

    *WINNER OF THE 2016 KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL* Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell are both at the height of their powers as they w... 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 November 2002

    Rent A Friend

    Poor Danny is lonely. Looks like he'll have to go out and find a companion! So he heads straight for the petshop - a nic... More

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    1st March 2002

    Henry Hobbs and the Lost Planet

    There's an emergency on Henry's home planet, and Henry is in the thick of it. But it can't be his fault as he's done not... More

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    16th September 1998

    Horatio Happened

    Jack hates tidying up and shoves everything under the bed where, unbeknownest to him, it all fizzles and sizzles and cre... More

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    1st April 2005

    Castle Diary/Pirate Diary Flip-Over

    Two highly acclaimed and popular books bound together in a fantastic flip-over format. What was it really like to live i... More

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    4th August 2003

    Castle Diary

    This text provides a rollicking historical account of a young castle-dweller's life in the Middle Ages.... More

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    4th August 2003

    Pirate Diary

    This text provides a rollicking historical account of a young pirate's life.... More

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    3rd March 2011

    Castle Diary

    The medieval journal of Tobias Burgess, a young page. What was it really like to live in a castle during the Middle Age... More

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    7th October 2002

    Pirate Diary

    A rollicking account of pirate life by the creators of the acclaimed Castle Diary. The twenty-third of September, 1716 I... More

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    5th September 2013

    Counting Sheep: A Bedtime Adventure!

    10th anniversary edition of a classic picture book from the current UK Children's Laureate. One night, Tom can't sleep. ... More

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    5th April 2018

    Rabbit and Hedgehog Treasury

    This uplifting collection from Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart's wonderful world of Rabbit and Hedgehog includes all four... 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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    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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    1st March 1996

    The Emperor's Gruckle Hound

    It's the Emperor's birthdaybut he's not happy. Presents spill over the steps of the palace, but he doesn't like any of t... More

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    1st March 2002

    The Emperor's Gruckle Hound

    It's the Emperor's birthday ...But he's not happy. Presents spill over the steps of the palace, but he doesn't like any ... More

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    21st November 1991

    Out for the Count

    A counting story book for over-fives featuring numbers up to 100. The rhyming story describes the night-time adventures ... More

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    4th March 1999

    Until I Met Dudley

    Have you ever wondered how a toaster works? Or a fridge-freezer, or a washing-up machine? In this book, Dudley, the tech... 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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    31st October 1996

    Dreamboat Zing

    Dreamboat flea and his mother set off on a hair-raising adventure to find a cure for his hiccups - but nothing is fright... More

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    2nd August 2018

    Wiggly Wiggly: Playtime Rhymes

    Wiggle, jiggle and giggle along with this board-book of action rhymes, collected from A Great Big Cuddle.A board-book co... More

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    18th October 2018

    The Graveyard Book: Tenth Anniversary Edition

    Ten years after its original publication, behold the bewitching anniversary edition of the classic children's novel The ... More

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