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6 Things You Didn't Know About Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell, the gifted illustrator known for his distinctive and imaginative art style, is also the author of many brilliant books, including the Goth Girl series and The Edge Chronicles. Find out more about this talented writer and illustrator below.

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1. One of Chris Riddell's tutors at university was the renowned Raymond Briggs, best-known for the beloved picture book, The Snowman.

Chris studied illustration at Brighton Polytechnic.

2. Chris has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration an extraordinary three times: in 2002 for Pirate Diary, in 2004 for Jonathan Swift's Gulliver, and in 2016 for The Sleeper and the Spindle.

The medal is awarded for 'outstanding illustration in a children's book'.

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3. In 2002, he named his influences as John Tenniel, the original illustrator of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and E. H. Shepard, the original illustrator of The Wind in the Willows and Winnie-the-Pooh.

He has also named W. Heath Robinson and Quentin Blake as influences.

4. Chris's bestselling novels include the enthralling children's fantasy series, The Edge Chronicles, and the witty and whimsical Goth Girl series.

The books of The Edge Chronicles feature a mysterious world known as The Edge, an enormous cliff which seems to have no bottom...

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5. In addition to his writing and illustrating career, he is also a renowned political cartoonist.

His works appear in The Observer, The Literary Review and The New Statesman.

6. He is the Children's Laureate for 2015-2017.

The role is awarded once every two years to 'an eminent writer or illustrator of children's books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field'.