Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell

About Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell is an accomplished artist and political cartoonist for the Observer. He is well known for his collaborations with the author Paul Stewart on books such as Muddle Earth, and has also illustrated several picture books for younger children. He writes and illustrates Macmillan's awardwinning and captivating OTTOLINE young fiction series. He has won many awards for his work, including the Nestlé Gold Award and the rare honour of two Kate Greenaway Medals. Chris lives in Brighton.

Latest book

Scavenger 1: Zoid

Books by Chris Riddell

  • Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
  • Scavenger 1: Zoid
  • Bumper Blobheads: Four books in one!
  • Goth Girl: and the Ghost of a Mouse
  • Let's Read! The Emperor of Absurdia
  • Let's Read! Wendel's Workshop
  • Alienography 2: Tips for Tiny Tyrants
  • Muddle Earth Too
  • Muddle Earth
  • Ottoline and the Yellow Cat
  • Ottoline at Sea
  • Alienography: Or: How to Spot an Alien Invasion and What to Do About It
  • Emperor of Absurdia
  • Wendel's Workshop
  • Ottoline Goes to School
  • The Emperor of Absurdia

Here's what it's like to be Chris Riddell for a day

(with a few imaginary bits added)
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  • /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-025_thumbnail.jpg /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-025.jpg?width=484&height=600&ext=.jpg Canadian airforce exercises
  • /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-026_thumbnail.jpg /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-026.jpg?width=462&height=600&ext=.jpg except on the days when I don't
  • /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-027_thumbnail.jpg /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-027.jpg?width=551&height=600&ext=.jpg My butler, McStewart, helps me dress
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  • /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-030_thumbnail.jpg /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-030.jpg?width=530&height=600&ext=.jpg Which is very inconvenient because I don't have a Chinese drawing room.
  • /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-031_thumbnail.jpg /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-031.jpg?width=548&height=600&ext=.jpg I then commute to work in a hot air balloon.
  • /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-032_thumbnail.jpg /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-032.jpg?width=501&height=600&ext=.jpg Which is quite inconvenient because I work at the bottom of my garden.
  • /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-033_thumbnail.jpg /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-033.jpg?width=540&height=600&ext=.jpg I spend all morning doing imaginary work
  • /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-034_thumbnail.jpg /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-034.jpg?width=517&height=600&ext=.jpg have a short break for lunch
  • /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-035_thumbnail.jpg /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-035.jpg?width=543&height=600&ext=.jpg and do some more imaginary work in the afternoon.
  • /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-036_thumbnail.jpg /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/MLP/Gobstoppers/Chris%20Riddell/macmillan-website-036.jpg?width=535&height=600&ext=.jpg Then I return home to my wife
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Chris Riddell's drawings

Scroll through Chris Riddell's twitter, @colinthealien, and see what he's drawing at the moment.

Take a peak at Chris's sketchbook

and see how your favourite characters began their lives
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  • /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/Super%20concept%20and%20contributor%20content/MCB/Chris%20Riddell/Tall-hat-croquet_thumbnail.jpg /devpanmacmillan/media/panmacmillan/Super%20concept%20and%20contributor%20content/MCB/Chris%20Riddell/Tall-hat-croquet.jpg?width=397&height=600&ext=.jpg Tall hat croquet Tall hat croquet
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