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Chris Riddell - Illustrator

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 an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. His previous work for Macmillan includes the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth and Scavenger series. Chris lives in Brighton with his family. Read more about Chris Riddell here.

Author photo © Tom Pilston Booktrust

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."

Featured Books, with extracts, illustrated by Chris Riddell

I Killed Father Christmas
Anthony McGowan - illustrated by Chris Riddell
November 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 5-8 A delightfully witty and tender-hearted Christmas story like none other, introducing a unique author and illustrator collaboration in Anthony McGowan and Chris Riddell. Lovereading comment to follow soon. High quality...
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Format: Paperback | Released 22/10/2017
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Reader ReviewedA Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen - illustrated by Chris Riddell
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award). Children's Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young. ...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2017
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Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony
Chris Riddell
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 Best-selling Goth Girl is back for an action-packed new adventure in this stunningly produced volume by former Children's Laureate Chris Riddell which has the additional delight of a mini-book, Fable...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Free Lance and the Field of Blood
Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell - illustrated by Chris Riddell
In a nutshell: adventure, double dealing, more adventure Free Lance is very handy on the jousting field, and if you want exciting yet comic adventures, full of medieval types behaving badly, then this series is pretty well unbeatable too. In...
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Format: Paperback | Released 23/08/2017
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Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright
Chris Riddell
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 one, and inside are riches! Chris Riddell seems to surpass himself with each new Goth...
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Format: Paperback | Released 10/08/2017
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Travels with My Sketchbook
Chris Riddell
A beautiful illustrated record of Chris Riddell's time as the Children's Laureate 2015-2017 with cloth quarter binding, ribbon marker and beautiful end papers this truly is a book to treasure.
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Format: Hardback | Released 13/07/2017
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Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
Chris Riddell
Award-winning author/ illustrator Chris Riddell has created a hilarious sequel to the much-loved Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse and this time it has a topical theme. Ada lives in Ghastly-Gorm Hall, a place where magic...
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Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls
Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell - illustrated by Chris Riddell
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: magic, knights and double-dealing Free Lance is a knight for hire, and sometimes has to take jobs he really shouldn't, which is definitely the case here. The local lord offers him...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
Chris Riddell
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. Ada's mother is dead and her father is very, very strange! Surrounded by a motley crew...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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100 Hugs
Chris Riddell
As 2017 dawns it's hard to think of a better book to slip into your pocket than 100 Hugs by Chris Riddell. This neat little hardback contains 100 black and white illustrations by Riddell, a virtuoso of the form, and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 12/01/2017
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The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition
Frances Hardinge - illustrated by Chris Riddell
A beautiful illustrated gift edition of Frances Hardinge's hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith's father dies suddenly she knows she must try to find out exactly what he was hiding in the local caves she had recently visited...
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Format: Hardback | Released 20/10/2016
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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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Odd and the Frost Giants
Neil Gaiman - illustrated by Chris Riddell
Prize-winning Neil Gaiman tells a witty and touching story about gods and magic in Viking times. Having run away from home, Odd finds shelter in a little hut in the forest. Here, he meets a bear, a fox and an...
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Format: Hardback | Released 08/09/2016
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The Sleeper and the Spindle
Neil Gaiman - illustrated by Chris Riddell
Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. A deluxe edition of the thrillingly reimagined fairy tale by the magical partnership of award-bedecked, bestselling Neil Gaiman and Children's Laureate Chris Riddell. Award-winning Neil Gaiman shows all his story telling...
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Format: Hardback | Released 08/09/2016
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The Hunting of the Snark
Lewis Carroll - illustrated by Chris Riddell
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month July 2016 A perfect celebration of Alice Day 2016, this beautiful, fully illustrated edition of Lewis Carroll's great comic masterpiece which comes complete with gilt-edged pages and a ribbon for a marker, is the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 30/06/2016
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Monster Slayer
Brian Patten - illustrated by Chris Riddell
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Interest Age 7-10 Brian Patten tells the story of the hero Beowulf in vivid, accessible prose; in Barrington Stoke's Little Gems series, aimed at readers of 6 – 8, he chooses...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2016
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Island
Nicky Singer - illustrated by Chris Riddell
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | 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...
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/10/2015
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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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Witchmyth
Emma Fischel - illustrated by Chris Riddell
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - September 2015 Book of the Month This second adventure for witchkid Flo Skritchett is likely to prove as popular as the first. A huge part of the fun of the stories...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedA Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen - illustrated by Chris Riddell
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award). Children's Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young. ...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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Russell Brand's Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Russell Brand - illustrated by Chris Riddell
NOTE: Parents may wish to check the content is suitable for their child. The author slams the corrupt and immoral and highlights the worthy and good in this often outrageous and wonderfully eye-catching book. Brand manages to combine a chillingly...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/11/2014
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The Sleeper and the Spindle
Neil Gaiman - illustrated by Chris Riddell
Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. Award-winning Neil Gaiman shows all his story telling skills in this gripping fusion of familiar fairy tales told in a dark-hearted version with some original characters. Especially a bold-hearted queen. Not far...
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Format: Hardback | Released 23/10/2014
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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.
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2014
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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...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2014
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Pirate Diary
Richard Platt - illustrated by Chris Riddell
This is a ground-breaking piece of non-fiction written in diary form in the voice of nine year old cabin boy - Jake Carpenter and brilliantly illustrated by none other than illustrator of the moment, Chris Riddell. All action boys and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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Until I Met Dudley
Roger Mcgough - illustrated by Chris Riddell
Award winning duo - poet Roger McGough and illustrator Chris Riddell - have created a stunning picture book that is part-fact, part brilliant invention. A little girl thinks she knows just how everything works. Take a toaster, for example. Surely,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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Reader ReviewedFortunately, the Milk ...
Neil Gaiman - illustrated by Chris Riddell
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Award-winning Neil Gaiman brilliantly weaves a spell-binding story taking readers up and away on a wild fantasy in which dinosaurs and space travel happily coexist. And all because…Dad has to go out...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Just So Stories
Rudyard Kipling - illustrated by Chris Riddell
Rudyard Kipling's classic stories are beautifully presented in this highly attractive edition enhanced with eight stunning colour illustrations by Chris Riddell as well as by Kipling's own illustrations – including his most famous one of The Elephant's Child. Kipling's versions...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/11/2013
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Reader ReviewedFortunately, the Milk ...
Neil Gaiman - illustrated by Chris Riddell
September 2013 Book of the Month Award-winning Neil Gaiman brilliantly weaves a spell-binding story taking readers up and away on a wild fantasy in which dinosaurs and space travel happily coexist. And all because…Dad has to go out and by...
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Format: Hardback | Released 17/09/2013
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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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Counting Sheep
Kathryn Cave - illustrated by Chris Riddell
A magical bedtime adventure unfolds when Tom does what his mother advises and counts sheep to help him get to sleep. But, when one sheep escapes, counting sheep turns into counting wolves, and penguins and pirates and pythons and even...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/09/2013
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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....
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/08/2012
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Muddle Earth Too
Paul Stewart - illustrated by Chris Riddell
Invention after invention propels this witty new Muddle Earth story by best-selling duo Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, now in paperback. Joe turns up in Muddle Earth entirely by accident when he falls through a portal while trying to build...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2012
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Thawing Frozen Frogs
Brian Patten - illustrated by Chris Riddell
Age 7+. A wonderful collection of witty and thought provoking poems on every subject you can think of. Ever thought Why Toads Look Much More Serious Than Frogs? Probably not. But, after reading Brian Patten's poem you may look at...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2012
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Muddle Earth Too
Paul Stewart - illustrated by Chris Riddell
Invention after invention propels this witty new Muddle Earth story by best-selling duo Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. Joe turns up in Muddle Earth entirely by accident when he falls through a portal while trying to build a flat-pack wardrobe....
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/09/2011
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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman - illustrated by Chris Riddell
11+. Winner of the Carnegie Medal in 2010, shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2010, winner of Best Novel at the Hugo Awards 2009 and of the prestigious Newbery Medal. Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2009
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