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Chris Riddell - Illustrator

About the 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 by Chris Riddell

Other books by Chris Riddell

The Hunting of the Snark

The Hunting of the Snark

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2019

They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care; They pursued it with forks and hope; They threatened its life with a railway-share; They charmed it with smiles and soap. First published by Macmillan in 1876, Lewis Carroll's magnificent nonsense poem, The Hunting of the Snark, features an unlikely cast of characters drawn from the Jabberwocky in Through the Looking Glass. This irresistible paperback edition features an introduction from and artwork by Chris Riddell. The wonderful characters are vividly brought to life with both Chris's black and white illustrations and his colour artwork, making it a perfect gift for any poetry lover.

The Graveyard Book Tenth Anniversary Edition

The Graveyard Book Tenth Anniversary Edition

Author: Neil Gaiman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2018

Ten years after its original publication, behold the bewitching anniversary edition of the classic children's novel The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, printed on luxurious paper, and featuring gorgeous flaps, spellbinding illustrations from Chris Riddell and an exclusive new introduction by Margaret Atwood WINNER of the 2010 CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL and the 2009 JOHN NEWBERY MEDAL `Every page is crowded with invention, both funny and scary' PATRICK NESS `A tale of unforgettable enchantment' NEW YORK TIMES Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, raised and educated by ghosts. There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it is in the land of the living that the real danger lurks, for it is there that the man Jack lives ... WINNER OF THE LOCUS YOUNG ADULT AWARD WINNER OF THE HUGO BEST NOVEL PRIZE WINNER OF THE BOOKTRUST TEENAGE AWARD

The Tales of Beedle the Bard - Illustrated Edition Deluxe Illustrated Edition

The Tales of Beedle the Bard - Illustrated Edition Deluxe Illustrated Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Book Release Date: 02/10/2018

Prepare to be spellbound by Chris Riddell's dazzling full-colour illustrations in this stunning new collector's edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling's glorious fairytale classic. This beautiful, deluxe edition features an opulent page size and a pull-out double gatefold; intricate foiled artwork by Chris Riddell on the real cloth cover and slipcase; an exclusive print of Albus Dumbledore; and a luxurious ribbon marker and head and tail band. The ultimate must-have edition for any Potter fan, collector or bibliophile, it is set to become a firm favourite at bedtime in non-magical households the world over. Much loved by generations of witches and wizards since they first appeared in the fifteenth century, these five rollicking and mischievous tales are a deeply satisfying read in the tradition of all great fables and fairytales. Kindnesses are rewarded and selfishness shown to be the ruin of many a wizard. Burping cauldrons, hairy hearts and cackling stumps are met along the way. Translated from the runes by Hermione Granger, each of the tales is accompanied by a deliciously subversive and insightful commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore, all brought vividly to life with Riddell's trademark wit and elegance. Former Waterstones Children's Laureate Chris Riddell is the only illustrator to have won the Kate Greenaway Medal three times, and is brought together here for the first time with one of the world's best loved storytellers in this magical new edition.The Tales of Beedle the Bard is published in aid of Lumos, an international children's charity founded in 2005 by J.K. Rowling.

Art Matters

Art Matters

Author: Neil Gaiman Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

A creative call to arms from the mind of Neil Gaiman, combining his extraordinary words with deft and striking illustrations by Chris Riddell. Art Matters will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art. 'Like a bedtime story for the rest of your life, this is a book to live by. At its core, it's about freeing ideas, shedding fear of failure, and learning that things can be different . ' - Institute of Imagination Be bold. Be rebellious. Choose art. It matters. Neil Gaiman once said that 'the world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before'. This little book is the embodiment of that vision. Drawn together from speeches, poems and creative manifestos, Art Matters explores how reading, imagining and creating can change the world, and will be inspirational to young and old. What readers are saying about ART MATTERS 'A rallying cry for all artists and creators' 'Just the injection of positive thinking I needed' 'What a gorgeous, sweet and very, very wise little book' 'You don't know it yet, but it's likely you need this book' 'I feel artistically charged up for the first time in ages'

Rabbit and Hedgehog Treasury

Rabbit and Hedgehog Treasury

Author: Paul Stewart Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/04/2018

This uplifting collection from Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart's wonderful world of Rabbit and Hedgehog includes all four stories: Rabbit's Wish A Little Bit of Winter What Do You Remember? The Birthday Presents From birthdays to remembering games, from hibernation to wishes come true, Rabbit and Hedgehog's wonderful adventures have been brought together for the very first time in this exquisitely bound treasury. Filled with true friendship and adventure, these are tales to be enjoyed again or for the very first time. `...with gorgeous illustrations by the former children's laureate Chris Riddell... Perfect fodder for your little metaphysician' The Times 'Hedgehog and Rabbit are a winning pair.' Daily Telegraph

How to Stop Time The Illustrated Edition

How to Stop Time The Illustrated Edition

Author: Matt Haig Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

THE ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF MATT HAIG'S SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them first-hand. He can try to tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom must not do is fall in love. How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn how to live. This special Illustrated Edition features over fifty enchanting line drawings by the award-winning artist Chris Riddell

Summer with Monika

Summer with Monika

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/06/2017

Summer with Monika is an honest and touching portrait of a romance, charting the progress of a love affair from the delicious intimacy of the honeymoon, with the milk bottles turning to cheese on the doorstep, through the stage of quarrels, jealousy, recriminations and boredom, to the point where love is as nice as a cup of tea in bed. Re-issued for its 50th anniversary, Summer with Monika is a hidden gem of British love poetry featuring beautiful illustrations from Children's Laureate Chris Riddell.

Witchwild

Witchwild

Author: Emma Fischel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2016

I stared. At the small hissing nibbet, at its glowing green eyes. And I felt the hairs on the back of my neck - slowly, slowly -stand up on end. Every single one. Witchen Week is here, the best holiday of the year! Flo loves to go swimming in the bright blue seas around Kronebay. But dark secrets lurk beneath the surface, and Flo will face terrible dangers before the week is out. She fought off ghouls, she fought off the Haggfiend, but can she fight off the most horrifying creature of them all? A satirical, imaginative fantasy The Sunday Times

The Castle of Inside Out

The Castle of Inside Out

Author: David Henry Wilson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/07/2016

Lorina, a young schoolgirl, is led by a black rabbit through a wood to a magical land. There she finds a a race of green people, who are all overworked, starving and subjected to the toxic fumes billowing out of a nearby castle. She decides to gain access to the castle on behalf of the poor green people, and within its walls she meets the insiders , selfish creatures who hoard all the resources and treat the outsiders as slaves. Her quest leads her to encounter the bureaurat, the superviper, the farmadillo and, eventually, the awful Piggident himself. Wonderfully illustrated by Chris Riddell, The Castle of Inside Out is an unforgettable and hilarious tale of adventure, set in a world where injustice and arrogance are widespread and must be countered by its courageous and compassionate heroine.

Gulliver's Travels: Voyage to Lilliput

Gulliver's Travels: Voyage to Lilliput

Author: Jonathan Swift Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2015

Voyage to Lilliput, the first adventure in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, is illustrated by new Children's Laureate Chris Riddell. The first adventure of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels - the voyage to Lilliput - is illustrated by Children's Laureate Chris Riddell in brilliant, panoramic detail. His pictures complement Martin Jenkins' skilful retelling which is witty and accessible while remaining faithful to the darkly comic tone of Swift, arguably the foremost prose satirist in the English language. Voyage to Lilliput is taken from Jenkins and Riddell's original hardback, Jonathan Swift's Gulliver, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Gargling with Jelly A Collection of Poems

Gargling with Jelly A Collection of Poems

Author: Brian Patten Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

Gargling with Jelly by Brian Patten, one of our best-loved poets. Hilarious, lyrical, outrageous and serious poems all rub shoulders in this collection. Naughty children with nasty habits, cartoon heroes that come to life, lonely caretakers, unhappy ghosts, fantastical creatures with crazy names, giants, goblins, vampires, mermaids ... there's never a dull moment in this marvellously quirky and refreshing jelly pot!

Things You Find in a Poet's Beard

Things You Find in a Poet's Beard

Author: A. F. Harrold Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

Things You Find in a Poet's Beard is a collection of poems that have been shouted at children at schools, bookshops and festivals across the country. Perhaps you'll want to annoy your family by reading them out; perhaps you'll want to chuckle at them under the covers with a torch; perhaps you'll want to stare at the drawings drawn by Mr Chris Riddell; or maybe you'll want to stand up and shout them in assembly to capture the spirit of A.F. Harrold himself. (Printed using Dyslexie font - the typeface for readers with dyslexia.)

Castle Diary

Castle Diary

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

The medieval journal of Tobias Burgess, a young page. Sent to his uncle's castle to learn to be a page, eleven-year-old Toby keeps a detailed journal of everything that happens there during the year of 1285 - from such great events as a boar hunt and a tournament to more everyday activities like baking bread and cleaning out the garderobes (toilets). The book is packed with information about medieval life and a must for any child who loves castles!

Coraline

Coraline

Author: Neil Gaiman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/10/2013

There is something strange about Coraline's new home. It's not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. It's the other house - the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back.

Angus Rides The Goods Train

Angus Rides The Goods Train

Author: Alan Durant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

When Angus boards the goods train, laden with milk, honey, and rice, he's full of excitement as the driver speeds across land and sea. But why won't the train stop for those who are hungry and thirsty? What can Angus do? This moral classic is beautifully written by Alan Durant (author of Always and Forever) with stunning illustrations by Chris Riddell.

Coraline

Coraline

Author: Neil Gaiman Format: Book Release Date: 02/08/2012

There is something strange about Coraline's new home. It's not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. It's the other house - the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back.

Until I Met Dudley

Until I Met Dudley

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2011

Have you ever wondered how a toaster works? Or a fridge-freezer, or a washing-up machine? In this fun-filled book of how things work, Dudley, the techno-wizard dog, provides the answers. Roger McGough's delightfully ingenious text and Chris Riddell's striking illustrations take children from the furthest realms of fantasy into the fascinating world of technology to discover the workings of familiar machines, making it an exciting book which will delight again and again. Two of the most inventive talents in children's literature, poet Roger McGough and illustrator Chris Riddell use their unique skills for entertaining and inspiring young readers to introduce them to the secrets of the technology around them. Roger McGough's witty text offers many weird and wonderful explanations ... Chris Riddell's artwork makes the whole an imaginative feast - Bookseller Runner-up for the English Association 4-11 Award for the Best Children's Picture Book. Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Something Else

Something Else

Author: Kathryn Cave Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2011

A simple story, about a small creature who does his best to join in with the others. But he's different. No matter how he tries, he just doesn't belong. Then Something turns up and wants to be friends. But Something Else isn't sure he's like him at all... Kathryn Cave's poignantly simple story is brought to life by Chris Riddell in this enchantingly original picture book - now reissued with a new cover look.

Jonathan Swift's Gulliver

Jonathan Swift's Gulliver

Author: Jonathan Swift Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2006

A prize-winning edition of one of the best-loved stories in English literature. This magnificent edition of Jonathan Swift's classic adventure story contains all four of Gulliver's extraordinary voyages. Martin Jenkins has skilfully adapted the original novel, remaining true to its tone and humour while making it accessible to younger readers. Chris Riddell brings life to Swift's searing imagination in wonderful panoramic detail. Winner of the 2005 Kate Greenaway Medal and the 2005 National Literacy Association Wow! Award, and shortlisted for the British Book Design and Production Awards, 2005.

Freeglader

Freeglader

Author: Paul Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2005

Fleeing from the ruins of New Undertown, Rook Barkwater and his colleagues - the librarian knights, Felix Lodd and his banderbear friends - must lead the escaping population to a new life in the Free Glades. But perils aplenty are ahead for the crowd - not to mention some goblins with plans of their own- A dramatic and exciting conclusion to the Rook Barkwater sequence that takes the reader on thrilling journey across the Edgeworld.

Free Lance and the Lake Of Skulls

Free Lance and the Lake Of Skulls

Author: Paul Stewart Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2004

Free Lance is down on his luck and stuck in the Badlands. And as usual there is an oaf who wants to take him on. But that fight leads to a job offer which has enough gold attached to it to get him out of this hole: the local lord wants him to recover an enchanted crown from the middle of the lake of skulls. Of course he omits to tell Free Lance of the terrors that await. Full of drama and humour, this swashbuckling fantasy adventure introduces a marvellous new hero by two of the leading exponents of the genre with an action hero who is both charismatic and mysterious, and told in a laconic, Marlowesque first person narrative. Certain to be enjoyed by all readers of THE EDGE CHRONICLES and Terry Pratchett, and those aspiring to read them. Part of a unique range of books aimed at 11+s that through integration of text and illustration are also accessible to those with reading abilities of as young as 8, produced in consultation with literacy consultant Wendy Cooling.

Free Lance and The Field Of Blood

Free Lance and The Field Of Blood

Author: Paul Stewart Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2004

Free Lance has had a good season, and has earned the right to compete in a major tournment for the first time in a long while. Soon all the money is on him to win. But the Duke makes him an offer he cant refuse - to lose to his own man. Just to complicate things, the Duke's niece begs Free Lance to defeat her uncle's henchman to save her from a brutal marriage - Free Lance always had a soft spot for a damsel in distress. Caught between a rock and a hard place, has our hero bitten off more than he can chew? Full of drama and humour, this swashbuckling fantasy adventure by two of the leading exponents of the genre, sees the return of an action hero who is both charismatic and mysterious, and told in a laconic, Marlowesque first person narrative. Certain to be enjoyed by all readers of THE EDGE CHRONICLES and Terry Pratchett, and those aspiring to read them. Part of a unique range of books aimed at 11+s that through integration of text and illustration are also accessible to those with reading abilities of as young as 8, produced in consultation with literacy consultant Wendy Cooling.

Muddle Earth

Muddle Earth

Author: Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2004

Where would you find a perfumed bog filled with pink sticky hogs and exploding gas frogs? A place that's home to a wizard with only one spell, an ogre who cries a lot and a very sarcastic budgie? Welcome to Muddle Earth. A place where anything can happen - and usually does. Joe Jefferson, an ordinary schoolboy from ordinary earth, is about to find his life changed forever. Prepare for a great battle of good, evil and sort of OK...

Angus Rides The Goods Train

Angus Rides The Goods Train

Author: Alan Durant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2004

When the goods train, laden with milk, honey, and rice, speeds away across land and sea, Angus is full of excitement as he stands beside the driver. But why won't the train stop for those who are hungry and thirsty? What can Angus do?

Gargling with Jelly A Collection of Poems

Gargling with Jelly A Collection of Poems

Author: Brian Patten Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2003

Hilarious, lyrical, outrageous and serious poems all rub shoulders in this collection. Naughty children with nasty habits, cartoon heroes that come to life, lonely caretakers, unhappy ghosts, fantastical creatures with crazy names, giants, goblins, vampires, mermaids ... there's never a dull moment in this marvellously quirky and refreshing brew!

Pirate Diary

Pirate Diary

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2003

This text provides a rollicking historical account of a young pirate's life.

Bumper Blobheads Four books in one!

Bumper Blobheads Four books in one!

Author: Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2003

ARE THERE BLOBHEADS IN YOUR TOILET? Billy Barnes has found Blobheads in his bathroom. Blobheads are weird, purple aliens from the planet Blob. They arrived in Billy's toilet through an alpha-gamma space-time wormhole. And they're on a very important mission. Kerek and Zerek are highly intelligent inter-galactic beings. Their companion Derek is...um...an inter-galactic being. They're trying to find the Most High Emperor of the Universe. And they think they're going to discover him in Billy's bathroom...Incredibly funny and original stuff from the ever-more successful creators of The Edge Chronicles, now in one big fat volume.

Rabbit's Wish

Rabbit's Wish

Author: Paul Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2002

Rabbit and Hedgehog are the best of friends, even though Rabbit is awake all day, but Hedgehog is only awake at night. Rabbit finds himself wishing that Hedgehog could stay up all day, just once. Will Rabbit's wish come true?

Midnight Over Sanctaphrax

Midnight Over Sanctaphrax

Author: Paul Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2001

When Giant Baby finds a very small something lost in the woods, he only wants to help. He takes the Very Small home to meet his very big mummy and daddy and invites him to share his very big dinner and his very big bath. The Very Small is beginning to enjoy it all, until bedtime...Ages 9+.

Cloud Wolf

Cloud Wolf

Author: Paul Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2001

A Little Bit Of Winter

A Little Bit Of Winter

Author: Paul Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2000

It's nearly winter and time for Hedgehog's annual sleep. Rabbit is anxious at the thought of the long, cold months without his friend and promises to save Hedgehog a little bit of winter, so that when he wakes up he can see what it's like. But Rabbit is very forgetful. Will he remember his promise?

Juggling with Gerbils

Juggling with Gerbils

Author: Brian Patten Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2000

A great new collection of poetry, wide-ranging in both form and subject matter. Full of Brian Patten's wonderful wit and moments of beauty as in GERANIUMS IN THE SNOW: Like children snuggling down under a white duvet Slowly the red geraniums Vanish under the snow. Brilliantly complemented by Chris Riddell's illustrations.

ZinderZunder

ZinderZunder

Author: Philip Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/1998

Max receives a flyer telling him to call ZinderZunder. Max's mum has has little time for Max and his tap-dancing. He contacts ZinderZunder who offers him a wish. Max asks for everyone to admire his dancing. Suddenly everyone is crazy to see him dance, but he is not allowed to stop.

Something Else

Something Else

Author: Kathryn Cave Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/05/1995

This is a simple story about a creature called Something Else who is excluded from his neighbour's activities because he behaves and looks different. But then when an even stranger creature tries to make friends with Something Else, he doesn't want to know, until he sees himself in the mirror.

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