Chris Riddell is familiar to both children and adults for his distinctive line drawings with their clever caricature, fascinating detail and often enchanting fantasy elements.
Chris has illustrated many picture books and was awarded the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal in 2002 for Pirate Diary and also in 2004 for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver. He won the Costa Children’s Book Award in 2013 for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse and its sequel, Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death, has been shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Award and the Blue Peter Book Award. He also wrote and illustrated a special World Book Day £1 book called Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen in 2015.
He currently holds the prestigious role of Children’s Laureate, a post awarded to an author, illustrator or poet who has made an outstanding contribution to children’s books. He will hold this post from 2015 – 2017.
In addition to his children's books, Chris is a renowned political cartoonist whose work appears regularly in The Observer, The Literary Review and The New Statesman.
Chris Riddell lives in Brighton with his wife and has three grown-up children.
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