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Raymond Briggs - Author

About the Author

Raymond Briggs is one of our most respected and beloved artists. Born in Wimbledon Park in 1934, he studied at the Wimbledon School of Art and later at the Slade School of Fine Art, and went on to produce a treasure trove of work. He has created characters that are now icons for generations of children, including Fungus the Bogeyman, Father Christmas and, of course, the beloved Snowman.

He has won many awards over his career including the Kurt Maschler Award, The Children's Book of the Year, Dutch Silver Pen Award, and the prestigious Kate Greenaway Award twice for his Mother Goose Nursery Treasury and Father Christmas.

Raymond Briggs was awarded the BookTrust 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. The BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates the body of work of an author or illustrator who has made an outstanding contribution to children's literature. The award was set up in 2015 to celebrate an author or illustrator's outstanding contribution to children's books. The first winner was Shirley Hughes, author of Dogger and the Alfie series, whilst Judith Kerr was awarded the accolade in 2016.

Discussing the impact of Raymond Briggs’ work, Judge Shami Chakrabarti said: "Raymond is a true artistic genius who has touched the hearts of millions of children of all ages. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and his particular style of illustration is unmistakable as are his understated and poignant words of narrative and dialogue. His talent expresses his values and with his choice and treatment of subjects he brings our history and contemporary challenges to life."

The biography of his parents in graphic novel form, Ethel & Ernest, became a bestseller in the UK; see below a trailer for the animated feature film based on the novel.

Raymond lives in Sussex.

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Featured books by Raymond Briggs

Other books by Raymond Briggs

The Snowman Pop-up

The Snowman Pop-up

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

One winter's night, a snowman comes to life and a magical adventure begins . . . This special edition includes a magical pop-up scene, with a story based on the beloved picture book by Raymond Briggs. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Raymond Briggs's classic story, The Snowman. This brand-new edition features a magical pop-up scene, and artwork from the much-loved animated film. With a story inspired by Raymond Briggs' classic picture book, this is a wintery gift edition sparkling with festive magic.

Father Christmas

Father Christmas

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2018

BLOOMING CHRISTMAS, HERE AGAIN! Reissued in a mini hardback gift edition, with a letter from Raymond Briggs, this is the perfect stocking filler. On Christmas Eve morning, a very grumpy Father Christmas is dreaming about summer, and certainly doesn't want to get up in the cold to deliver presents! Follow his journey through the night, as he battles the elements to deliver his presents. Told through a comic strip, with beautiful illustrations based on the houses that Raymond grew up in, this is a hilarious festive tale that has delighted children for generations.

The Snowman

The Snowman

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Board book Release Date: 18/10/2018

A classic board book edition of the now famous Christmas tale. James builds a snowman in the garden and wakes up in the night to find that it has come to life. He shows the Snowman his house, and in return the Snowman takes him on a magical journey.

The Snowman 40th Anniversary Gift Edition

The Snowman 40th Anniversary Gift Edition

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

It's not Christmas without The Snowman! This extra-special 40th Anniversary edition makes the perfect Christmas gift, complete with a limited edition print, and a letter from Raymond Briggs. After a heavy snowfall, a young boy spends a winter's day making his very own Snowman. Little does he know, when he goes to bed that evening something magical will happen... The Snowman comes to life! Told entirely through pictures, the boy and the Snowman go on the most extraordinary adventure, flying through the skies on the peaceful winter night. The beautiful illustrations bring the classic Christmas tale to life, making it and the film it inspired, a Christmas tradition for generations of children. Also available: The Snowman: The Book of the Classic Film (a picture book with words) The Snowman and the Snowdog (a picture book with words) And, for older readers, The Snowman - retold by Michael Morpurgo

Snowman and the Snowdog

Snowman and the Snowdog

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: eBook Release Date: 09/11/2017

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Snowman and the Snowdog based on characters by Raymond Briggs, read by Benedict Cumberbatch. The Snowman and The Snowdog is the much-anticipated sequel to The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. This enchanting audiobook reunites readers with the Snowman and introduces them to an adorable new puppy-friend, the Snowdog. Includes music from the beautiful score of the film.

UG: Boy Genius of the Stone Age and His Search for Soft Trousers

UG: Boy Genius of the Stone Age and His Search for Soft Trousers

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2017

Ug and his parents live in the Stone Age. And that means stone blankets, stone cold food, an even colder cave and, worst of all, hard stone trousers! Being an inquisitive and intelligent child, Ug suggests a series of modifications to improve the quality of family life. His ideas about heating, cooking, boats, and balls that actually bounce are initially met with a hostile reaction. But with the help of his father, who slowly comes round to his son's way of thinking, Ug comes tantalisingly close to his ultimate garment goal . . .

The Bear

The Bear

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

One night a great big, white polar comes to stay with Tilly. The bear's got black hooked claws and huge yellow teeth; but his white furry coat is warm and soft and Tilly decides he's the cuddliest thing in the whole world. Tilly soon finds out that a big bear can cause big problems - he takes a LOT of looking after! But when she describes the bear's latest antics to her parents they think he's a figment of her imagination - but is he? From the creator of The Snowman, Father Christmas and Fungus the Bogeyman - now a live theatre show!

The Snowman: The Book of the Classic Film

The Snowman: The Book of the Classic Film

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/09/2015

Based on the classic film, fly away on a magical journey with The Snowman. After the snow settles on a cold winter's day, a boy builds a Snowman. Later that night, under the glittering stars, the Snowman comes to life! Together they fly through the night sky on a breathtaking and magical journey, until the sun comes up and it's time to go home... This edition of the classic tale from Raymond Briggs features artwork from the film, accompanied by words, and an audio CD of a wonderful narration by Matthew Macfadyen. Also available: The Snowman (a picture book with no words) The Snowman and the Snowdog (a picture book with words) And, for older readers, The Snowman - retold by Michael Morpurgo

The Snowman

The Snowman

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/09/2015

One winter's night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins. Raymond Briggs' favourite classic is a true piece of Christmas magic - narrated entirely through pictures, it captures the wonder and innocence of childhood and is now recognised throughout the world. This beautiful hardback edition is the perfect gift for all Snowman fans.

The Snowman and The Snowdog Activity Book

The Snowman and The Snowdog Activity Book

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2014

An amazing activity book featuring the Snowman and the Snowdog! One winter's night a little boy is taken on a breathtaking, magical adventure when the Snowman and Snowdog he has made come to life and fly with him over the rooftops and across the sea to the North Pole. Join the Snowman, the Snowdog and Billy on their magical adventure . . . This activity book is full of fun things to do with plenty of pictures to colour, dot-to-dots and drawings to finish. Decorate your pictures with lots and lots of stickers!

Dyn Eira a'r Ci Eira, Y

Dyn Eira a'r Ci Eira, Y

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2013

The Snowman and the Snowdog

The Snowman and the Snowdog

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 05/09/2013

The Snowman flies again in the follow-up to Christmas classic. Billy and his mum have moved into a new house, but Billy isn't very full of Christmas cheer, as his beloved old dog has passed away. So when the snow falls and Billy starts to build a Snowman, he knows exactly what to do- he builds a Snowdog too! Later that night, something magical happens, taking Billy on the most wonderful Christmas adventure. This book includes an audio CD featuring a narration read by Benedict Cumberbatch, and the music from the beautiful film score. ----- It's just not Christmas without the Snowman! Also available: The Snowman: The Book of the Classic Film (a picture book with words) The Snowman (a picture book with no words) And, for older readers, The Snowman - retold by Michael Morpurgo

The Snowman

The Snowman

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2011

One winter's night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins. Raymond Briggs' favourite classic is a true piece of Christmas magic - narrated entirely through pictures, it captures the wonder and innocence of childhood and is now recognised throughout the world.

Father Christmas

Father Christmas

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2003

Father Christmas awoke from his dream of summer in the sun, and there is 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.

Ug : Boy Genius Of The Stone Age And His Search For Soft Trousers

Ug : Boy Genius Of The Stone Age And His Search For Soft Trousers

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2002

Ug and his parents are living in the Stone Age. And that means stone blankets, stone cold food, an even colder cave and, worst of all, hard stone trousers! Being an inquisitive and intelligent child, Ug suggests a series of modifications to improve the quality of family life. His ideas about heating, cooking, boats, and balls that actually bounce are met with a hostile reaction by his parents who don't know what he's going on about. Even Ug himself is occasionally unsure of the purpose of his inventions - his round stone that rolls down the hill is great, but what is it actually for? With the help of his father, who is slowly coming round to his son's way of thinking, Ug comes tantalisingly close to his ultimate garment goal, only to find that there are some obstacles even a boy genius can't overcome.

The Snowman

The Snowman

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/10/2000

The classic board book edition of the now famous Christmas tale. James builds a snowman in the garden and wakes up in the night to find that it has come to life. He shows the Snowman his house, and in return the Snowman takes him on a magical journey. 2012 celebrates 30 years of the animated film of The Snowman with a brand new half-hour animation. Introducing new characters alongside the old, including an adorable snow puppy, it is planned for broadcast on Channel 4 on Christmas day.

The Snowman 20th Anniversary Picture Book

The Snowman 20th Anniversary Picture Book

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/1998

This is the evocative story of a small boy's friendship with a snowman and their flight together over the sparkling winter landscape. Told without words through Raymond Briggs' gentle, atmospheric pictures, the book is about the innocence and wonder of childhood.

The Bear

The Bear

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/1996

One night a great big, white polar comes to stay with Tilly. The bear's got black hooked claws and huge yellow teeth; but his white furry coat is warm and soft and Tilly decides he's the cuddliest thing in the whole world. Tilly soon finds out that a big bear can cause big problems - he takes a LOT of looking after! But when she describes the bear's latest antics to her parents they think he's a figment of her imagination - but is he?

The Father Christmas it's a Bloomin' Terrible Joke Book

The Father Christmas it's a Bloomin' Terrible Joke Book

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/1994

From Raymond Briggs, author of The Snowman and inspiration for The Snowman and Snowdog, comes this collection of bloomin' brilliant Christmas jokes. The book also features some of Father Christmas' musings on what it's like to be him - for better or for worse - year in, year out. The perfect stocking filler gift, full of Christmas crackers to keep children laughing.

The Snowman Story Book

The Snowman Story Book

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 05/11/1992

Raymond Briggs' evocative story of a small boy's magical friendship with a snowman is told here in words by the artist and illustrated with pictures from the original version.

Fungus the Bogeyman

Fungus the Bogeyman

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/1990

Life in Bogeydom is full of snot, smells, slime, scum and other unspeakable things, and Bogeymen live under the ground revelling in allthe nastiness imaginable. Briggs has created a whole new world in this sophisticated cartoon-strip picture book for older children which will entice the most reluctant of readers into books.

Father Christmas Goes on Holiday

Father Christmas Goes on Holiday

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/1977

In this hilarious sequel from Raymond Briggs, author of The Snowman and inspiration for The Snowman and Snowdog, a still rather grumpy Father Christmas decides to go on holiday. No-one needs a holiday more than Father Christmas, but where can such a well-known and easily recognized person go? Father Christmas sets off in search of his ideal holiday spot! France, Scotland and Las Vegas are his chosen destinations, but as Father Christmas discovers - there's nowhere like home.

Father Christmas

Father Christmas

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/1975

Raymond Briggs's Christmas classic - the wonderful and hilarious Father Christmas. Father Christmas awoke from his lovely 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, and has been a firm favourite ever since its first publication. It has also been turned into a much-loved animation. Raymond Briggs studied at Wimbledon Art School, the Central School of Art and the Slade. Many of his books are now classics and some - THE SNOWMAN, FATHER CHRISTMAS, FATHER CHRISTMAS GOES ON HOLIDAY and WHEN THE WIND BLOWS - have been made into successful films. Raymond Briggs lives in Sussex. Other books by Raymond Briggs: The Snowman; The Snowman Buggy Book; The Snowman Sound Book;The Elephant and the Bad Baby; Father Christmas; Fungus the Bogeyman; Raymond Briggs's Christmas Little Library; The Father Christmas it's a Bloomin' Terrible Joke Book; Jim and the Beanstalk; Father Christmas Goes on Holiday;

Jim and the Beanstalk

Jim and the Beanstalk

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/1973

A wonderful retelling from Snowman-author Raymond Briggs - Jim and the Beanstalk. A re-telling of the classic children's story by the author and illustrator of the best-selling Snowman. Jim finds a beanstalk growing outside his window one morning, and follows his famous predecessor up to the top . . . Raymond Briggs studied at Wimbledon Art School, the Central School of Art and the Slade. Many of his books are now classics and some - THE SNOWMAN, FATHER CHRISTMAS, FATHER CHRISTMAS GOES ON HOLIDAY and WHEN THE WIND BLOWS - have been made into successful films. Raymond Briggs lives in Sussex. Other books by Raymond Briggs: The Snowman; The Snowman Buggy Book; The Snowman Sound Book;The Elephant and the Bad Baby; Father Christmas; Fungus the Bogeyman; Raymond Briggs's Christmas Little Library; The Father Christmas it's a Bloomin' Terrible Joke Book; Jim and the Beanstalk; Father Christmas Goes on Holiday;

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