Chris Riddell

About Chris

Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, 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 and 2004 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 books, the Scavenger series and the Blobheads series. Chris lives in Brighton with his family.

Photo © Jo Riddell

Chris Riddell

Latest book

100 Hugs 100 Hugs

Books by Chris Riddell

100 Hugs
100 Hugs
The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition
The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition
Ottoline and the Purple Fox
Ottoline and the Purple Fox
The Hunting of the Snark
The Hunting of the Snark
The Emperor of Absurdia
The Emperor of Absurdia
Wendel and the Robots
Wendel and the Robots
Chris Riddell's Doodle-a-Day
Chris Riddell's Doodle-a-Day
Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright
Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright
Just William
Just William
Ottoline Goes to School
Ottoline Goes to School
Ottoline at Sea
Ottoline at Sea
Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen
Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen
Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
Let's Read! The Emperor of Absurdia
Let's Read! The Emperor of Absurdia
Let's Read! Wendel's Workshop
Let's Read! Wendel's Workshop
Alienography 2: Tips for Tiny Tyrants
Alienography 2: Tips for Tiny Tyrants
Muddle Earth Too
Muddle Earth Too
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat
Alienography
Alienography
Wendel's Workshop
Wendel's Workshop

Blog

Listen to a clip from Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell, read by Ronni Ancona

Listen to a clip from Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell, read by Ronni Ancona

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 . . 

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Listen to a clip from Ottoline at Sea by Chris Riddell, read by Ronni Ancona

Listen to a clip from Ottoline at Sea by Chris Riddell, read by Ronni Ancona

A charming and irresistible new Ottoline story from award-winning and bestselling author Chris Riddell.

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Start reading Scavenger Zoid

Start reading Scavenger Zoid

My name is York. I’m fourteen years old – leastways, that’s by the Half-Lifes’ reckoning. Years don’t mean much in the Biosphere – nor months or days for that matter. There are no days or nights here the way there were on Earth.

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Chris Riddell gets Gold Blue Peter Badge on World Book Day

Chris Riddell gets Gold Blue Peter Badge on World Book Day

Children’s Laureate and award-wining illustrator and writer, Chris Riddell has been presented with a Gold Blue Peter badge. 

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Start reading Scavenger Zoid

Start reading Scavenger Zoid

My name is York. I’m fourteen years old – leastways, that’s by the Half-Lifes’ reckoning. Years don’t mean much in the Biosphere – nor months or days for that matter. There are no days or nights here the way there were on Earth.

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Alice in Wonderland books

Alice in Wonderland books

A timeless children’s book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is 150 years old in 2015. Macmillan Children’s Books has produced a range of beautiful new editions of the book for all ages and occasions.

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Events

Illustrating The Lie Tree

Cheltenham Ladies College

Cheltenham Ladies College
, UNITED KINGDOM

04:45 on 09 October 2016 - 04:45 on 09 October 2016

09 October 2016 04:45Z 09 October 2016 04:45Z

The Lie Tree is a dark and powerful novel, and was the 2015 Costa Book of the Year. Its author Frances Hardinge, Children's Laureate Chris Riddell and Alex O'Connell of The Times explore how this remarkable novel evolved into such a beautiful special illustrated edition.

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Cheltenham Literature Festival: Ask the Laureate

Cheltenham Festival of Literature - literature festival

Cheltenham Festival of Literature - literature festival
Cheltenham Festivals 109-111 Bath Road Cheltenham, GL53 7LS UNITED KINGDOM

10:00 on 09 October 2016 - 10:00 on 09 October 2016

09 October 2016 10:00Z 09 October 2016 10:00Z

Come along and meet Children's Laureate Chris Riddell, ask him a question and he will illustrate the answer. Find out how much fun you can have with a pencil as Chris talks about his laureateship so far and the inspiration behind some of his much-loved work.

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Cheltenham Literature Festival: Draw Your Rights

Cheltenham Festival of Literature - literature festival

Cheltenham Festival of Literature - literature festival
Cheltenham Festivals 109-111 Bath Road Cheltenham, GL53 7LS UNITED KINGDOM

14:00 on 09 October 2016 - 14:00 on 09 October 2016

09 October 2016 02:00Z 09 October 2016 02:00Z

To celebrate the awarding of the new Amnesty CILIP Honour, winner Ross Collins (There's a Bear on My Chair) and Children's Laureate Chris Riddell draw live on stage, exploring the links between illustration, libraries and human rights. They are joined by Amnesty International UK's Nicky Parker and Chair of CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, Joy Court.

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