Raymond Briggs

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Raymond Briggs

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born
in Wimbledon, Surrey, England, The United Kingdom
January 18, 1934

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Raymond Redvers Briggs is an English illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist, and author who has achieved critical and popular success among adults and children. He is best known for his story "The Snowman", which is shown every Christmas on British television in cartoon form and on the stage as a musical.

His first three major works, Father Christmas, Father Christmas Goes on Holiday (both featuring a curmudgeonly Father Christmas who complains incessantly about the "blooming snow"), and Fungus the Bogeyman, were in the form of comics rather than the typical children's-book format of separate text and illustrations. The Snowman (1978) was entirely wordless, and illustrated with only pencil crayons. The Snowman became Briggs' best-known wo...more


Average rating: 4.19 · 13,209 ratings · 751 reviews · 75 distinct works · Similar authors
The Snowman
4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 8,690 ratings — published 1978 — 38 editions
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Father Christmas
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 1,215 ratings — published 1973 — 14 editions
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Fungus the Bogeyman
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 897 ratings — published 1977 — 8 editions
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When the Wind Blows
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 854 ratings — published 1982 — 14 editions
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Ethel and Ernest
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 696 ratings — published 1998 — 6 editions
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Gentleman Jim
3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 188 ratings — published 1981 — 6 editions
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Father Christmas Goes on Ho...
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 130 ratings — published 1975 — 4 editions
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Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone...
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 123 ratings — published 2001 — 5 editions
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Jim and the Beanstalk
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 99 ratings — published 1970 — 9 editions
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The Bear
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 88 ratings — published 1994 — 9 editions
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“I must break out...
...start a new life...
been here for years...
might be getting into a rut...
something a bit more exciting...
more adventurous...
something with more of a challenge...
There's not much opportunity for self-advancement in toilets...”
Raymond Briggs, Gentleman Jim

“Dear sir, Mr. B.J. Thing... er... we the people of Britain are fed up with being bombed. We had enough of it last time with old Hitler so will you just leave us in peace, you live your life and we'll live ours, hope you are well... please don't drop any bombs.
Yours sincerely, Mr. and Mrs. J. Bloggs”
Raymond Briggs, When the Wind Blows

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