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'.

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    Deliciously dark but also ghoulishly good, Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is a Costa Children's Book Award-winning and CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted novel from the Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell.

    Ada Goth lives unhappily with her father, Lord Goth, in the gigantic Ghastly-Gorm Hall. The Lord believes that children should be heard but not seen, so Ada is forced to wear clumpy boots so he can hear her coming... this makes it hard for her to make friends.

    When William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the Hall - along with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael - Ada is relieved to have some company and find her loneliness drifting away. But that's just the start, soon, the new friends find themselves unravelling a dastardly plot that the gamekeeper has planned...
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    Introducing Miss Ottoline Brown, an exceptionally inquisitive Mistress of Disguise, and her partner in crime, Mr. Munroe. No puzzle is ever too tricky for the two of them to solve ...Ottoline lives in a stylish apartment in Big City with a small hairy creature called Mr. Munroe. Together they look after the Brown family's eclectic collections - and dabble in a spot of detective work. So they are the first to the scene of the crime when a string of high-society dog-nappings and jewel thefts hits Big City. Ottoline (who luckily has a diploma from the Who-R-U Academy of Disguise) and Mr. Munroe go undercover - and expose an ingenious scam masterminded by furry feline crook, the Yellow Cat. A quirky mystery-adventure which is perfectly packaged and highly collectable.
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    Ottoline and Mr. Munroe do everything and go everywhere together. That is, until the day Mr. Munroe mysteriously disappears, leaving a strange clue written in string ...Armed with her Amateur Roving Collectors' travel pass, Ottoline sets off on a journey over, under and on top of the sea to find her hairy best friend - and bring him back home.
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    People are flocking to Ghastly-Gorm Hall from far and wide to compete in Lord Goth's Literary Dog Show. The esteemed judges are in place and the contestants are all ready to win. Sir Walter Splott is preparing his Lanarkshire Lurcher, Plain Austen is preening her Hampshire Hound and Homily Dickinson and her Yankee Poodle are raring to go. But there's something strange going on at Ghastly-Gorm - mysterious footprints, howls in the night and some suspiciously chewed shoes. Can Ada, the Attic Club and their new friends the Vicarage sisters work out what's going on before the next full moon? The third book in the Goth Girl series.
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    Since his childhood in the Deepwoods, young Twig has always longed to soar above the forest canopy and explore the sky. Now a lowly crew-member on his father's sky pirate ship, the Stormchaser, his dream seems fulfilled. But a much higher destiny awaits Twig as plots and treacheries from many years ago bring the lofty city of Sanctaphrax - home of the Edgeworld's most learned academics - to the point of disaster. For the city is built on a giant rock, floating high in the sky, its future balance dependent on stormphrax - a valuable yet extremely volatile substance obtained only from the heart of a Great Storm at the very instant it unleashes its most intense power. And only a ship such as the Stormchaser could risk entering the Storm...
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    These are the swashbuckling adventures of Jake Carpenter, cabin boy. The twenty-third of September, 1716. I write this on my last day at home. Tomorrow I am to join my Uncle Will aboard his ship and become A SAILOR. Will has told me of sea monsters and mermaids and has sailed through a hurricane. Maybe I shall see these things FOR MYSELF! Nine-year-old Jake Carpenter does indeed see all this - and more, when his ship, the Greyhound, is captured by pirates and he discovers the thrills and perils of life at sea as he embarks on an exciting new life on the wrong side of the law. This is a ground-breaking non fiction - original edition won the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Blue Peter Book Awards: Best Book with Facts. It offers detailed information about all sorts of things boy readers will revel in, including swords, pistols, cannons, floggings and how to navigate ships. It includes a fact section at the back about the colonies, the first pirates, viking raiders, buccaneers, famous pirates throughout history and piracy today. It also includes an index and glossary.
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    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 - This is a dramatic and exciting conclusion to the Rook Barkwater sequence that takes the reader on a thrilling journey across the Edgeworld.
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    Cade Quarter is building a new life for himself in the wild of the Farrow Ridges, miles away from civilization - and from the enemies who are seeking him. But when his new home is threatened by villainous mire-pearlers, Cade and his friends must find a way to defend the land they love. This is the second book of the Cade Saga, part of the Edge Chronicles.
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    Written by Children's Laureate Chris Riddell, this illustrated novel continues the adventures of Ada Ghastly-Gorm - Goth Girl. A combination of Neil Gaiman's children's stories, Tim Burton's quirky imagination and Harry Potter, it's a brilliant book children will be happy to delve into.

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    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. It is the winner of the 2005 Kate Greenaway Medal and the 2005 National Literacy Association Wow! Award, and was shortlisted for the British Book Design and Production Awards, 2005.