The Puddleman by Raymond Briggs


The Puddleman by Raymond Briggs

Tom refers to his grandfather as 'Collar' because he drags him around on a lead. One day, Tom decides that he will take Collar on a walk to see the puddles he has named after the members of the family, but the puddles are not there. Collar insists that this is because it hasn't rained, but Tom believes that it's just because they haven't been put in yet. He wanders off, leaving Collar talking to Mrs Whitebobblehat, and comes across just the person he needs ...Finally, puddles restored to their full, family-resembling glory, Tom and Collar go home for tea.

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The tender and surprising story is enriched by the scenery of Sussex lanes in summer ... Briggs places magic in the context of the everyday and moves us The Sunday Times Puts sentiment, science and imagination comfortably side by side Guardian A lovely blending of realism with a child's imagination and a magical world The Bookseller Briggs is on top form once more with this strange and moving story Books for Keeps A tale of childhood joy and innocence, this has the hallmark of a Brigg's classic, where, for a moment, reality is suspended and imagination takes over Manchester Evening News

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 5


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Publication date

4th May 2006



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