Author(s): Raymond Briggs
Beginning with his first published illustration in 1958 and continuing through to the work he continues to produce today, Blooming Books is a stunning and diverse exploration of the work of this unique and brilliant artist. Commentaries by the journalist Nicolette Jones accompany extracts and, in some cases, complete picture books, reviewing the background to Briggs's work and its underlying themes. Following a foreword from Raymond Briggs and Nicolette Jones's introduction, the book is divided into four main sections: The Early Years (including, among many others, The Elephantand The Bad Baby); The Nursery Classics (e.g. Father Christmas, , The Bear); A Gallery of Characters (e.g. Fungus, The Man, Ug) The Social Issues (When the Wind Blows, The Tin-Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman, Ethel and Ernest). All of Briggs's work is here, from his captivating work for children through to the sharp and satirical works found in The Social Issues. Familiar favourites are also accompanied by some previously unseen material, including preparatory drawings for published titles and work from several planned sequels to Fungus and the Bogeyman.
Twice-winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and of numerous other awards, Raymond Briggs is one of the most successful picture book creators of our time. His books include classics such as Father Christmas, The Snowman, Fungus the Bogeyman, The Bear and more recently Ug. In 1998, his illustrated biography of his parents, Ethel and Ernest, was published to great critical acclaim, winning the BCA Illustrated Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. His new picture book, The Puddleman, will be published by Cape in 2004. He lives in Sussex.