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Chris Riddell - Author

Children's Laureate 2015-2017

One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors Chris Riddell was our Author and Illustrator of the Month in December 2010. Click here to find out more.

Chris Riddell is a prolific writer and illustrator whose work is familiar to both children and adults. He is known especially for his distinctive line drawings with their clever caricature, fascinating detail and often enchanting fantasy elements. He has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal twice, in 2002 for Pirate Diary and in 2004 for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver. His solo work includes the Goth Girl series, the Ottoline series and the picture books The Emperor of Absurdia and Alienography. The first Goth Girl novel won the Costa Children’s Book Award in 2013. He received the Hay Festival Medal for Illustration at the 2015 Hay Festival.

He has worked widely with a variety of collaborators: Paul Stewart on the Muddle Earth, Edge Chronicles and Wyrmweald series; Neil Gaiman on The Graveyard Book, The Sleeper and the Spindle, and Fortunately the Milk, and Russell Brand on Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin. He has also illustrated A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young by former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, published in September.

In addition to his children’s books, Chris is a renowned political cartoonist whose work appears in The Observer, The Literary Review and The New Statesman. He lives in Brighton with his wife and has three grown-up children.

Chris Riddell on John Tenniel : "Before I knew a thing about him, John Tenniel was a hero of mine, or rather, I should say, his white rabbit was. As a child I copied Tenniel’s illustrations from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland obsessively, particularly his drawing of the White Rabbit in waistcoat and frock coat, umbrella tucked under one arm and a pocket watch in paw, a look of suppressed panic in his eye. I loved analysing the shading, intricate lines of cross-hatching, the folds of the sleeve, the tilt of the head, that wide-eyed rabbit stare. Tenniel was one of the reasons I became an illustrator."

Photo credit Jo Riddell.

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Featured Books, with extracts, by Chris Riddell

Reader ReviewedOttoline and the Purple Fox
Chris Riddell
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | In a nutshell: nonstop surprises in the Big City | This is the fourth adventure for Ottoline and her best friend Mr Munroe, and it is every bit as enchanting, witty and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 22/09/2016
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Chris Riddell's Doodle-A-Day
Chris Riddell
Children's Laureate Chris Riddell wants children to draw more – in fact he'd like them to do what he does and draw every day. This little book is a wonderful way to encourage us all to do just that. In...
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Format: Paperback | Released 22/10/2015
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The Emperor of Absurdia
Chris Riddell
Put on your jingle-jangle socks, and prepare for adventure! Sumptuous illustrations tempt readers into the delightfully absurd world in which dinner is served before lunch and skyfish settle on umbrella trees. The young Emperor is a charming child with a...
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Format: Hardback | Released 22/10/2015
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Wendel and the Robots
Chris Riddell
Crazy inventions, mad robots and a stupendous battle! Wendel and the Robots is a very funny adventure full of crazy inventions and magnificent robots from award-winning author and illustrator Chris Riddell - with a subtle environmental message. Available in mini...
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Format: Hardback | Released 22/10/2015
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Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright
Chris Riddell
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - October 2015 Book of the Month Opening Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright is like opening a treasure box. With its gorgeous metallic edges and golden detail it certainly looks like...
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Format: Hardback | Released 24/09/2015
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Ottoline at Sea
Chris Riddell
Chris Riddell Children's Laureate 2015-2017 Award winning author/ illustrator Chris Riddell weaves another fantastical story about Ottoline and her very special and very hairy friend, Mr. Munroe. Ottoline and Mr. Munroe love solving tricky problems and working out clever plans;...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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Ottoline and the Yellow Cat
Chris Riddell
The first book in Chris Riddell's much-loved Ottoline series. Now in paperback for the first time. A glorious adventure fantasy told in words and loads of Chris Riddell's fabulous pictures, this tells how Ottoline, who loves solving puzzles, and her...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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Ottoline Goes to School
Chris Riddell
A wonderful quirky mystery adventure that follows the story of Miss Ottoline Brown, the inquisitive Mistress of Disguise, and her partner in crime, her hairy and helpful friend, Mr Munroe, first introduced in Ottoline and the Yellow Cat. No secret...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
Chris Riddell
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 Best Story - October 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning author/ illustrator Chris Riddell has created a hilarious sequel to the much-loved Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse a
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Format: Hardback | Released 25/09/2014
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Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
Chris Riddell
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2013 Bestselling author/illustrator Chris Riddell creates a fantastical world in which Ada Goth, daughter of the strange Lord Goth of Ghastly-Gorm Hall, is growing up....
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Format: Hardback | Released 12/09/2013
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Mr Underbed
Chris Riddell
Award-winning Chris Riddell tells a witty and inventive story that is perfect for bedtime. When Mr Underbed pops up from under Jim's bed asking for somewhere more comfortable to sleep, Jim offers him some space. But soon Jim finds he...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2011
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Alienography Or: How to Spot an Alien Invasion and What to Do About it
Chris Riddell
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2011: Most Fun Story with Pictures* Prize-winning illustrator/ author Chris Riddell has created a fabulous cast of strange creatures and the unusual antics they get up to in a brilliantly imagined and conceived...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2010
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Ottoline at Sea
Chris Riddell
Shortlisted for the prestigious Sheffield Children's Book Award 2011 Award winning author/ illustrator Chris Riddell weaves another fantastical story about Ottoline and her very special and very hairy friend, Mr. Munroe. Ottoline and Mr. Munroe love solving tricky problems and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2010
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Mr Underbed
Chris Riddell
When Jim kindly allows Mr Underbed to sleep in his bed he is unprepared for all the other night-time visitors who want to share it too!
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2009
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Wendel's Workshop
Chris Riddell
A useful books about the Environment. Prize-winning illustrator Chris Riddell's Wendel's Workshop tells of the battle of the robots when Wendel, the master inventor, finds himself threatened by his new assistant, the Wendelbot. The highly detailed robotic illustrations...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/06/2008
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Wendel's Workshop CD
Chris Riddell
This is the audio CD version. Prize-winning illustrator Chris Riddell's Wendel's Workshop tells of the battle of the robots when Wendel, the master inventor, finds himself threatened by his new assistant, the Wendelbot. The highly detailed robotic illustrations provide endless...
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Format: Mixed Media Product | Released 06/06/2008
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Ottoline Goes To School
Chris Riddell
Shortlisted for the prestigious Sheffield Children's Book Award 2009 A wonderful quirky mystery adventure that follows the story of Miss Ottoline Brown, the inquisitive Mistress of Disguise, and her partner in crime, her hairy and helpful friend, Mr Munroe, first...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2008
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Wendel's Workshop
Chris Riddell
Prize-winning illustrator Chris Riddell's Wendel's Workshop tells of the battle of the robots when Wendel, the master inventor, finds himself threatened by his new assistant, the Wendelbot. The highly detailed robotic illustrations provide endless delight while also conveying a serious...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2007
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Emperor of Absurdia
Chris Riddell
Shortlisted for the Nestle Children's Award 2006 and for the incredibly prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal 2007. Sumptuous illustrations tempt readers into the delightfully absurd world in which dinner is served before lunch and skyfish settle on umbrella trees. The young...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2007
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Ottoline And The Yellow Cat
Chris Riddell
Shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Kate Greenaway Medal. A glorious adventure fantasy told in words and loads of Chris Riddell's fabulous pictures, this tells how Ottoline, who loves solving puzzles, and her friend Mr Munro, a cat with a distinct...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/02/2007
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Emperor Of Absurdia
Chris Riddell
Shortlisted for the Nestle Children's Award 2006 and now deservedly shortlisted for the incredibly prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal 2007. Sumptuous illustrations tempt readers into the delightfully absurd world in which dinner is served before lunch and skyfish settle...
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Format: Hardback | Released 31/08/2006
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