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Chris Riddell

  • 5 stars across 72 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 . . .

    From multi-award-winning Neil Gaiman comes a spectacularly silly, mind-bendingly clever, brilliantly bonkers adventure -... More

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    1st October 2020

    A Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth

    With all the magic of Narnia and the humour of Mary Poppins, this is a future middle grade fantasy clas... More

    (15 reviews)
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    14th November 2019

    The Sleeper and the Spindle

    A thrillingly reimagined fairytale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddel... More

    (14 reviews)
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    5th 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 co... More

    (13 reviews)
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    1st October 2020

    Pirate Stew: The show-stopping new picture book from Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

    Meet LONG JOHN McRON, SHIP'S COOK . . . and the most unusual babysitter you've ever seen. Long John has a whole crew of... More

    (13 reviews)
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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

    (12 reviews)
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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

    (6 reviews)
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    5th October 2009

    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

    (5 reviews)
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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

    (5 reviews)
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    4th August 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

    (4 reviews)
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