Author/Illustrator of the Month - Chris Riddell Author/Illustrator of the Month - Chris Riddell

This month we are featuring the work of Chris Riddell, a prolific author and illustrator whose huge range of award winning work covers picture books and fiction for older children. This year he was appointed Children's Laureate, a position he is more than qualified to fill. Find out more about Chris and his fantastic books in this special section.

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... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
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... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 22/10/2015
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Coraline
Neil Gaiman illustrated by Chris Riddell
Tenth anniversary edition of Neil Gaiman's modern classic, brilliantly illustrated by Chris Riddell, with a new foreword by the author. When Coraline's family move into a new home, she steps through a door into another house which seems strangely familiar.... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/08/2012
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Reader ReviewedA Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen illustrated by Chris Riddell
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 - chosen by Robyn Chorely, aged 5- Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month, September 2015 Children's Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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Island
Nicky Singer illustrated by Chris Riddell
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - December 2015 Book of the Month Island is a powerful and vivid new story from Nicky Singer, the prize-winning author of Feather Boy. London teenager Cameron is cast away on an... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/10/2015
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Reader ReviewedWitchworld
Emma Fischel illustrated by Chris Riddell
September 2014 Book of the Month Pixies, ghouls, and a granny who is stuck in the old ways are just some of the characters in this highly entertaining and action-packed story set in a witchy world that is as new... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2014
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The Snow Merchant
Sam Gayton illustrated by Chris Riddell
The Snow Merchant is a fantasy filled with family secrets, magical transformations and wild adventure. Join Lettie on her journey to uncover the true meaning of snow, family and friendship. A gripping debut. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2014
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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... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 24/09/2015
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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... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/10/2015
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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... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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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;... Featured in: 7+ readers
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 Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
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.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/09/2013
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Waterstones Children's Laureate 2015-17

Chris Riddell Author

Chris Riddell is a talented 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 Wendel and the Robots.

The first Goth Girl novel won the Costa Children’s Book Award in 2013 and he received the Hay Festival Medal for Illustration at the 2015 Hay Festival.

He has also worked widely with a variety of authors: 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 recently illustrated A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young by former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.

To finish off a fantastic 2015 for Chris, this year he was appointed The Children's Laureate, which is awarded once every two years to an emient writer or illustrator of children's books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field. On recieving this honour, Chris said ‘I am humbled to take on this role after the giants that have come before me. I want to put the joy of creativity, of drawing every day, of having a go and being surprised at what one can achieve with just a pencil and an idea at the heart of my term as Laureate. I want to make sure people have fun whilst addressing fundamental issues I care about passionately.’

Living in Brighton with his wife, three children and an invisible dog Chris Riddell has, (from his Garden shed), written and illustrated some simply beautiful, enchanting, wildly inventive and funny children’s books that kids almost of any age and parents too, will adore and revisit time and time again. He has also garnered so many book awards – that we are frankly surprised he has room in his shed! You can learn to doodle like Chris with his new book, Doodle-A-Day, packed full of inspiration and tips with a doodle idea for every day of the year!

Julia Eccleshare, our own expert reviewer, writes - "Congratulations to Chris Riddell, newly appointed as the ninth UK Children’s Laureate. Celebrated as both an author and an illustrator and with major awards for both, Chris’s illustrations have been bringing stories alive ever since he left art college. Sometimes the worlds he creates in pictures are by others as in his Kate Geenaway award-winning illustrations for Richard Platt’s Pirate Ship: The Journal of Jake Carpenter and, most recently, his highly acclaimed illustrations for Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle; at other times they accompany his own words as in Goth Girl which won the Costa Prize. And sometimes, as in the best-selling The Edge Chronicles series which Chris co-wrote with Paul Stewart but illustrated on his own they are a mixture of the two! Whatever he is illustrating Chris is inspired by the words. As he puts it, “I became an illustrator because I love words. As a child I loved words and I loved the idea of making drawings to accompany them.” Instantly recognisable, witty but also poignant, imaginative and realistic by turn, Chris’s illustrations and words have inspired and delighted readers of all ages and will continue to do so. How lucky the UK is to have him as Children’s Laureate 2015-17."

Click here to see how Chris views the previous Laureate winners in a series of witty sketches!

Find out more at www.chrisriddell.co.uk


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