Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs

Father Christmas

Written by Raymond Briggs

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Greenaway winner in 1973.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. 'Blooming Christmas here again', says Father Christmas on December 24th. as he prepares his sacks of toys, his sledge, his reindeer ( Keep still you silly deers') for a whirlwind night delivery to cottage, palace, igloo. A humorist and painter here explores the comic strip technique with brilliant inventiveness Already a classic — deservedly.


Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs

Father Christmas awoke from his dream of summer in the sun, and there it was on the calendar, December 24th, Christmas Eve, the start of his longest night's work of the year. This book was awarded The Library Association's Kate Greenaway Medal.

About the Author

Raymond Briggs

'Raymond Briggs was born in Wimbledon Park, London, in 1934. His father, Ernest, was a Co-op milkman for over thirty years and was awarded a certificate when he retired. His mother, Ethel, was 'in service' for over twenty years but received no certificate. At the age of ten, Briggs passed 'The Scholarship' and went to the local Grammar School. Here he had daily speech lessons and learned to become middle class. After five years he was awarded 'The School Certificate'. At the age of fifteen he went to the local art school and after two years he was awarded 'The Intermediate Art Certificate'. After two further years studying painting he was awarded 'The National Diploma of Design (in Painting) Certificate'. He was then conscripted into the army where he attained no rank but was awarded a certificate saying 'Excused Boots'. He studied painting for two more years at the Slade School of Fine Art and here he was awarded 'The Diploma of Fine Art (London University) Certificate'. Since leaving the Slade in 1957 and failing as a painter, he has been a freelance illustrator, book designer and writer producing what are known as 'children's' books. For work in this field he has been awarded several certificates....'

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 2


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Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

25th September 1975




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