Something omitted from this (admittedly brief) profile, and many others, is the fact that Riddell has for many years illustrated the front covers for the monthly Literary Review. Here is his cover for the December/January edition:
Children’s author/illustrator Chris Riddell stands out in both categories: a two-time medallist of the Kate Greenaway award for his drawings, he’s also the recipient of multiple Nestlé awards for writing.
His clean lines, outrageous hairstyle creations and many-eyed monsters – testament to a stint as the Observer political cartoonist – impart panache to any story. As a writer, his blend of the absurd and the poignant, the highbrow with light-touch literary references, appeal strongly to children and parents
His latest solo effort, Goth Girl And The Ghost Of A Mouse, has just won the children’s Costa Award, which puts Riddell up against Kate Atkinson, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Nathan Filer and Michael Symmons Roberts to win the overall prize on January 28.