Raymond Briggs - Author

About the Author

'Raymond Briggs was born in Wimbledon Park, London, in 1934. His father, Ernest, was a Co-op milkman for over thirty years and was awarded a certificate when he retired. His mother, Ethel, was 'in service' for over twenty years but received no certificate. At the age of ten, Briggs passed 'The Scholarship' and went to the local Grammar School. Here he had daily speech lessons and learned to become middle class. After five years he was awarded 'The School Certificate'. At the age of fifteen he went to the local art school and after two years he was awarded 'The Intermediate Art Certificate'. After two further years studying painting he was awarded 'The National Diploma of Design (in Painting) Certificate'. He was then conscripted into the army where he attained no rank but was awarded a certificate saying 'Excused Boots'. He studied painting for two more years at the Slade School of Fine Art and here he was awarded 'The Diploma of Fine Art (London University) Certificate'. Since leaving the Slade in 1957 and failing as a painter, he has been a freelance illustrator, book designer and writer producing what are known as 'children's' books. For work in this field he has been awarded several certificates....'

Featured books by Raymond Briggs

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Father Christmas

Father Christmas

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2018

BLOOMING CHRISTMAS, HERE AGAIN! Raymond Briggs's hilarious comic strip picture book has amused generations of children, telling the story of grumpy Father Christmas making his rounds on the busiest night of the year. Now reissued in a mini hardback gift edition, perfect for slipping into a Christmas stocking . . .

The Snowman

The Snowman

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Board book Release Date: 18/10/2018

A classic board book edition of the now famous Christmas tale. James builds a snowman in the garden and wakes up in the night to find that it has come to life. He shows the Snowman his house, and in return the Snowman takes him on a magical journey.

The Snowman 40th Anniversary Gift Edition

The Snowman 40th Anniversary Gift Edition

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

One winter's night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins. Raymond Briggs' favourite classic is a true piece of Christmas magic - narrated entirely through pictures, it captures the wonder and innocence of childhood and is now recognised throughout the world.

Snowman and the Snowdog

Snowman and the Snowdog

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: eBook Release Date: 09/11/2017

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Snowman and the Snowdog based on characters by Raymond Briggs, read by Benedict Cumberbatch. The Snowman and The Snowdog is the much-anticipated sequel to The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. This enchanting audiobook reunites readers with the Snowman and introduces them to an adorable new puppy-friend, the Snowdog. Includes music from the beautiful score of the film.

Notes From the Sofa

Notes From the Sofa

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/11/2017

From Raymond Briggs, the beloved and bestselling author of The Snowman, comes his first book in a decade, now in an updated edition with new columns and illustrations. Notes from the Sofa is a beautifully illustrated compilation of reflections on life and what it means to get older. Raymond dips into his past to remind us of scrumping apples, National Service, party lines on telephones, the torment of cinema organs and the endless obsession with laxatives, alongside his take on the absurdities of the modern world. This collection gives us warm and memorable sketches of Raymond's life now and reminds us why he is one of our best-loved storytellers.

The Snowdog Shaped Board

The Snowdog Shaped Board

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Board book Release Date: 26/10/2017

Meet the Snowdog in this adorable board book, featuring beautiful artwork and rhyming text. The Snowdog is a fun and cute book that children will treasure. Look out for Raymond Brigg's original classic, The Snowman, as well as the picture book of The Snowman and the Snowdog, too!

UG: Boy Genius of the Stone Age and His Search for Soft Trousers

UG: Boy Genius of the Stone Age and His Search for Soft Trousers

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2017

Ug and his parents live in the Stone Age. And that means stone blankets, stone cold food, an even colder cave and, worst of all, hard stone trousers! Being an inquisitive and intelligent child, Ug suggests a series of modifications to improve the quality of family life. His ideas about heating, cooking, boats, and balls that actually bounce are initially met with a hostile reaction. But with the help of his father, who slowly comes round to his son's way of thinking, Ug comes tantalisingly close to his ultimate garment goal . . .

Ethel & Ernest

Ethel & Ernest

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/10/2016

A marvellous, life-enhancing book for all ages, now a major animated film starring Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn and Luke Treadaway Utterly original, deeply moving and very funny, Ethel & Ernest tells the story of Raymond Briggs' parents' marriage, lady's maid Ethel and milkman Ernest, from their first chance encounter in 1928, through the birth of their son Raymond in 1934, to their deaths, within months of each other, in 1971. Told in Brigg`s unique strip-cartoon format, Ethel and Ernest live through the defining moments of the twentieth century: the darkness of the Great Depression, the build up to World War II, the trials of the war years, the euphoria of VE Day and the emergence of a generation from post war austerity to the cultural enlightenment of the 1960s. Ethel & Ernest is a heartfelt and affectionate tribute to an ordinary couple and an extraordinary generation.

The Bear

The Bear

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

One night a great big, white polar comes to stay with Tilly. The bear's got black hooked claws and huge yellow teeth; but his white furry coat is warm and soft and Tilly decides he's the cuddliest thing in the whole world. Tilly soon finds out that a big bear can cause big problems - he takes a LOT of looking after! But when she describes the bear's latest antics to her parents they think he's a figment of her imagination - but is he? From the creator of The Snowman, Father Christmas and Fungus the Bogeyman - now a live theatre show!

Notes From the Sofa

Notes From the Sofa

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2015

From the beloved and bestselling author of The Snowman comes his first book in ten years: a charming and beautifully illustrated work for adults. In Notes from the Sofa, Raymond Briggs traces the course of his life in a series of wonderfully observed vignettes that take him from the awkwardness and embarrassment of growing up to the vicissitudes and frustrations of growing old. This collection features the best pieces from Briggs' regular column - 'Notes from the Sofa' - in The Oldie, Richard Ingrams' humorous monthly magazine. Amusing and touching by turn, these include his unwavering dedication to the arts and why he takes pleasure in being labelled a 'creative sociopath'; amusing anecdotes, such as how he became an accidental Winnie the Pooh tour guide to Japanese tourists; and general musings on life, including his confusion as a young child as to exactly where babies come from. This is Briggs like you've never read him before, with a newfound freedom to write and draw about whatever he wants, without the restrictions of children's books and sometimes without the happy endings.

The Snowman and the Snowdog Pop-up Picture Book

The Snowman and the Snowdog Pop-up Picture Book

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2015

A beautiful pop-up gift edition of the enchanting Snowman and the Snowdog animated film! Based on the animation for Channel 4, featuring film art and updated storyline. The LED lights are light-activated, so hold them up to the light and watch them twinkle!

The Snowman: The Book of the Classic Film

The Snowman: The Book of the Classic Film

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/09/2015

A brand-new edition of the classic story, The Snowman. One winter's day a boy builds a Snowman. That night, the Snowman comes to life! Together they go on a breathtaking and magical journey, until the sun comes up and it's time to go home... Raymond Briggs's classic tale was turned into an animation that has delighted generations of children. This new edition of the story features artwork from the film accompanied by words, and an audio CD of a wonderful narration by Matthew Macfadyen. Be sure to look out for the brilliant new story, The Snowman and the Snowdog, too!

The Snowman

The Snowman

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/09/2015

One winter's night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins. Raymond Briggs' favourite classic is a true piece of Christmas magic - narrated entirely through pictures, it captures the wonder and innocence of childhood and is now recognised throughout the world. This beautiful hardback edition is the perfect gift for all Snowman fans.

The Snowman and the Snowdog

The Snowman and the Snowdog

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Board book Release Date: 23/09/2015

The Snowman and The Snowdog is the much-anticipated sequel to The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. This enchanting book reunites readers with the Snowman and introduces them to an adorable new puppy-friend, the Snowdog. Beautiful images from the film bring the magical Christmas story to life in this enchanting book. This fantastic new board book is perfect for young fans!

The Snowman and The Snowdog Activity Book

The Snowman and The Snowdog Activity Book

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/09/2014

An amazing activity book featuring the Snowman and the Snowdog! One winter's night a little boy is taken on a breathtaking, magical adventure when the Snowman and Snowdog he has made come to life and fly with him over the rooftops and across the sea to the North Pole. Join the Snowman, the Snowdog and Billy on their magical adventure . . . This activity book is full of fun things to do with plenty of pictures to colour, dot-to-dots and drawings to finish. Decorate your pictures with lots and lots of stickers!

The Snowman Pull-Out Pop-Up Book

The Snowman Pull-Out Pop-Up Book

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2014

A beautiful gift book featuring original artwork from Raymond Briggs's The Snowman A boy built a Snowman and the Snowman came to life . . . This pull-out pop-up book is the perfect gift for fans of The Snowman, young and old and features the beautiful artwork from Raymond Briggs's classic picture book. Raymond Briggs is one of our most respected and beloved artists. Born in Wimbledon in 1934, he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and went on to produce a treasure trove of work. He has created characters that are now icons for generations of children, including Fungus the Bogeyman, Father Christmas and, of course, the beloved Snowman. His original Mother Goose was published in 1966, it won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Award in 1967 and is now back in print over 40 years later. Raymond lives in Sussex. Look out for Raymond Briggs's original classic, The Snowman as well as the new picture book The Snowman and the Snowdog!

The Snowman and the Snowdog Finger Puppet Book

The Snowman and the Snowdog Finger Puppet Book

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Board book Release Date: 27/08/2014

A brilliantly playful finger-puppet book featuring the Snowman and the Snowdog! A boy built a Snowman and a Snowdog. That night, they came to life... Wiggle your finger and play with the Snowman and the Snowdog in this fun finger-puppet book! When he comes to life, the Snowdog runs, plays and flies into the air with Billy and the Snowman. Look out for Raymond Briggs's original classic, The Snowman, as well as the picture book of The Snowman and the Snowdog, too!

Dyn Eira a'r Ci Eira, Y

Dyn Eira a'r Ci Eira, Y

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

The Snowman and the Snowdog: Book and Toy Giftset

The Snowman and the Snowdog: Book and Toy Giftset

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 03/10/2013

An adorable book and toy giftset featuring The Snowman and The Snowdog. The Snowman flies again... One winter's night a little boy is taken on a breathtaking, magical adventure when the Snowman and Snowdog he has made come to life and fly with him over the rooftops and across the sea to the North Pole. This giftset includes a picture book and an adorable plush Snowdog. This new adventure is based on the original story of The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. Raymond Briggs is one of our most respected and beloved artists. Born in Wimbledon in 1934, he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and went on to produce a treasure trove of work. He was awarded the Kate Greenaway medal and has created characters that are now icons for generations of children, including Fungus the Bogeyman, Father Christmas and, of course, the beloved Snowman. Raymond lives in Sussex.

The Snowman and the Snowdog

The Snowman and the Snowdog

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 05/09/2013

The Snowman and The Snowdog is the much-anticipated sequel to The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. This enchanting book reunites readers with the Snowman and introduces them to an adorable new puppy-friend, the Snowdog. Beautiful images from the film bring the magical Christmas story to life in this enchanting book. This book includes an audio CD featuring a narration read by Benedict Cumberbatch and the music from the beautiful score of the film.

Fungus the Bogeyman

Fungus the Bogeyman

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2012

Life in Bogeydom is full of snot, smells, slime, scum and other unspeakable things, and Bogeymen live under the ground revelling in allthe nastiness imaginable. Briggs has created a whole new world in this sophisticated cartoon-strip picture book for older children which will entice the most reluctant of readers into books.

Gentleman Jim

Gentleman Jim

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2008

First published in 1980, two years after The Snowman, Gentleman Jim has been unavailable for many years. We are delighted to bring it back into print as the first book in an occasional series, Cape Graphic Classics. Gentleman Jim is the story of Jim Bloggs, a lavatory attendant who, dissatisfied with his station in life, devotes his time to envisioning a world beyond it. His walls are lined with books like Out in the Silver West, the Boys' Book of Pirates and Executive Opportunities, which provide fodder for his ruminations on career change. Encouraged by his wife, Hilda, also eager to incorporate more adventure into her life, Jim sets out to bring these dreams to fruition by accumulating various accoutrements, only to discover that the life of an executive, an artist or a cowboy is more complicated and costly than it appears.

The Puddleman

The Puddleman

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2006

Tom refers to his grandfather as 'Collar' because he drags him around on a lead. One day, Tom decides that he will take Collar on a walk to see the puddles he has named after the members of the family, but the puddles are not there. Collar insists that this is because it hasn't rained, but Tom believes that it's just because they haven't been put in yet. He wanders off, leaving Collar talking to Mrs Whitebobblehat, and comes across just the person he needs . . . Finally, puddles restored to their full, family-resembling glory, Tom and Collar go home for tea.

Father Christmas

Father Christmas

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/10/2003

Father Christmas awoke from his dream of summer in the sun, and there is was on the calendar, December 24th, Christmas Eve - the start of his longest night's work of the year! This book was awarded The Library Association's Kate Greenaway Medal.

The Father Christmas it's a Bloomin' Terrible Joke Book

The Father Christmas it's a Bloomin' Terrible Joke Book

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/1994

From Raymond Briggs, author of The Snowman and inspiration for The Snowman and Snowdog, comes this collection of bloomin' brilliant Christmas jokes. The book also features some of Father Christmas' musings on what it's like to be him - for better or for worse - year in, year out. The perfect stocking filler gift, full of Christmas crackers to keep children laughing.

When the Wind Blows

When the Wind Blows

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/1986

Raymond Briggs' now famous bestselling comic cartoon book depicts the effects of a neuclear attack on an elderly couple in his usual humorous yet macabre way.

When the Wind Blows Play

When the Wind Blows Play

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/1983

This is an off beat version of the famous English anti nuclear cartoon parable. Jim and Hilda Bloggs hear that a nuclear strike is headed their way. Armed with government leaflets, they construct a refuge with the solid cheerfulness they felt during the blitz. Trusting in the powers that be, they emerge after the bombing and wait for government assistance. Radiation sickness takes them, still loving each other and uttering prayers.

Father Christmas Goes on Holiday

Father Christmas Goes on Holiday

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/09/1977

In this hilarious sequel from Raymond Briggs, author of The Snowman and inspiration for The Snowman and Snowdog, a still rather grumpy Father Christmas decides to go on holiday. No-one needs a holiday more than Father Christmas, but where can such a well-known and easily recognized person go? Father Christmas sets off in search of his ideal holiday spot! France, Scotland and Las Vegas are his chosen destinations, but as Father Christmas discovers - there's nowhere like home.

Jim and the Beanstalk

Jim and the Beanstalk

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/01/1973

A wonderful retelling from Snowman-author Raymond Briggs - Jim and the Beanstalk. A re-telling of the classic children's story by the author and illustrator of the best-selling Snowman. Jim finds a beanstalk growing outside his window one morning, and follows his famous predecessor up to the top . . . Raymond Briggs studied at Wimbledon Art School, the Central School of Art and the Slade. Many of his books are now classics and some - THE SNOWMAN, FATHER CHRISTMAS, FATHER CHRISTMAS GOES ON HOLIDAY and WHEN THE WIND BLOWS - have been made into successful films. Raymond Briggs lives in Sussex. Other books by Raymond Briggs: The Snowman; The Snowman Buggy Book; The Snowman Sound Book;The Elephant and the Bad Baby; Father Christmas; Fungus the Bogeyman; Raymond Briggs's Christmas Little Library; The Father Christmas it's a Bloomin' Terrible Joke Book; Jim and the Beanstalk; Father Christmas Goes on Holiday;

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