Chris Riddell is an illustrator and a writer of numerous children’s books and a political cartoonist for The Observer.
At Brighton Polytechnic he studied illustration under Raymond Briggs, a winner of two Greenaway Medals. Riddell names his influences as Tenniel and E. H. Shepard, the first illustrator of The Wind in the Willows and Winnie the Pooh.
Riddell notably co-authored and illustrated children’s book series The Edge Chronicles, with Paul Stewart. Other books he has illustrated include Fergus Crane, Corby Flood, and Hugo Pepper. Riddell is an acclaimed political cartoonist for The Observer newspaper, London, before which he worked at The Economist as an illustrator and occasional cover artist. Chris Riddell is the cover artist for Literary Review magazine, his serial cartoon here has been published in book form as The Da Vinci Cod And Other Illustrations To Unwritten Books.
He has won the 2001 Medal for illustrating Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter by Platt, and for his work on Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver” retold by Martin Jenkins. He illustrated Something Else, written by Kathryn Cave which won the UNESCO Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance in 1997. Riddell was appointed the UK Children’s Laureate in 2015.