My Little Book of Big Freedoms by Chris Riddell


My Little Book of Big Freedoms by Chris Riddell

My Little Book of BIG Freedoms is a beautiful, inspiring book for everyone, young and old. Inside you'll find sixteen drawings by Chris Riddell, Children's Laureate, encapsulating the freedoms and protections people enjoy every day in the UK, but often never notice.They are taken from our Human Rights Act and simplified as: life, protection, freedom, safety, fairness, justice, family, belief, thought, togetherness, love, solidarity, ownership, knowledge, hope and mercy. This is a thoughtful and uplifting gift for children and adults and is suitable for all those over the age of four.'I've drawn some pictures for you. Each of them shows one of our freedoms and how it can help each of us when we need it. I hope you like them.' Chris Riddell


This is a lovely book and I love Chris

're a great way of sparking conversations with children about things that really matter. Talking about human rights at any age is good for us and the society we live in. (Sue Palmer, literacy expert and author of Toxic Childhood: how the modern world is damaging our children... and what we can do about it) A thought-provoking stocking filler. (The Guardian); It would be hard to find anybody, young or old, not enchanted by this pocket-sized book. (Booktrust); This was a really interesting book to share with my sons and it provided talking points that I wouldn't necessarily have known where to begin - if it were not for the short prompts from this book. I think it's one we will return to again as the boys'

-from-taunton - Toppsta Review) This book is perfect for us as a talking point for children's rights. It is very short with a BIG message and features the 16 freedoms that keep us safe. My children loved the dog representing Safety and the polar bear for Togetherness. My children had no idea who Amnesty International were so again it served as a springboard to discuss their work too. (gayleymoo-glasgow - Toppsta Review) Can't decide which of @chrisriddell50's illustrations in My Little Book of Big Freedoms I like best. Each gentle and powerful at once. (Joanna Sholem @BookJo); Fantastic, important book for kids by Chris Riddell & @AmnestyUK Already a favourite in our house(& not only for me!) (CaoilfhionnGallagher @caoilfhionnanna)

About the Author

Chris Riddell

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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Publication date

3rd November 2015



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