Riddell, Chris 1962–
Riddell, Chris 1962–
(Christopher Barry Riddell)
Born April 13, 1962, in Capetown, South Africa; son of Morris Stroyan (an Anglican priest) and Pamela Aileen Riddell; married Joanna Kathleen Burroughes (an artist), November 7, 1987; children: William, Katy, Jack. Education: Attended Epsom School of Art & Design, 1980-81; Brighton Polytechnic, B.A. (first-class honors), 1984.
Freelance illustrator and writer. Also political cartoonist for London periodicals, including Economist, 1988-95, Independent, Independent on Sunday, Guardian, and Observer, 1995—. Produces covers for the Literary Review, 1997—. Has produced covers for the New Statesman.
Kate Greenaway Medal special commendation, 1995, and UNESCO Prize, 1997, both for Something Else; Ragazza Prize honorable mention, Bologna Book Fair, 1998, and Kurt Maschler Award shortlist, 1998, both for The Swan's Stories; Kate Greenaway Medal, 2002, for Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter, and 2005, for Gulliver's Travels; Nestle prize gold medal in the six- to eight-year-olds category, 2007, for Ottoline and the Yellow Cat.
AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR
Ben and the Bear, Walker (New York, NY), 1985.
Mr. Underbed, Holt (New York, NY), 1986.
Humphrey the Hippo, Collins (London, England), 1986.
Humphrey Goes to the Ball, Collins (London, England), 1986.
Humphrey's New Trousers, Armada, 1986.
Humphrey of the Rovers, Collins (London, England), 1986.
Bird's New Shoes, Holt (New York, NY), 1987.
The Fibbs, Walker (New York, NY), 1988.
The Trouble with Elephants, Walker (New York, NY), 1988.
When the Walrus Comes, Walker (New York, NY), 1989.
The Bear Dance, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1990.
The Wish Factory, Walker (New York, NY), 1990.
The World of Zoom, Walker (New York, NY), 1993.
Puzzle Boy, Walker Books Ltd. (London, England), 1996.
Management for Martians, Ebury Press (London, England), 1998.
My Busy Book, Walker Books Ltd. (London, England), 1998.
Tribal Politics, Knockabout Comics (London, England), 1999.
Platypus, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 2001.
Cloud Wolf (Edge Chronicles), Corgi Childrens (United Kingdom), 2001.
Platypus and the Lucky Day, edited by Karrie A. Oswald, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 2002.
Platypus and the Birthday Party, Harcourt (Orlando, FL), 2003.
The Da Vinci Cod and Other Illustrations for Unwritten Books, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2006.
The Emperor of Absurdia, Macmillan Children's (London, England), 2006.
The Stone Pilot (Edge Chronicles), Corgi Childrens (United Kingdom), 2006.
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, Macmillan Children's Books, 2007.
Wendel's Workshop, Macmillan Children's Books (London, England), 2007.
The Twig Trilogy (Edge Chronicles _1-3): Includes Beyond the Deepwoods, Stormchaser & Midnight over Sanctaphrax, Doubleday UK (London, England), 2007.
The Lost Barkscrolls (Edge Chronicles), Doubleday UK (London, England), 2007.
Ottoline Goes to School, Macmillan Children's Books, 2008.
WITH PAUL STEWART; AND ILLUSTRATOR
Beyond the Deepwoods, Doubleday (London, England), 1998, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2004.
A Little Bit of Winter, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1998.
Stormchaser, Doubleday (London, England), 1999, David Fickling Books (New York, NY), 2004.
The Birthday Presents, Andersen Press (London, England), 1999, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2000.
Rabbit's Wish, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2001.
What Do You Remember?, Random House (London, England), 2003.
Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2004.
Midnight over Sanctaphrax, David Fickling Books (New York, NY), 2004.
Muddle Earth, Macmillan (London, England), 2004.
Edge Map, Corgi Childrens (United Kingdom), 2004.
Fergus Crane, Doubleday (London, England), 2004, David Fickling Books (New York, NY), 2006.
The Curse of the Gloamglozer, David Fickling Books (New York, NY), 2005.
The Last of the Sky Pirates, David Fickling Books (New York, NY), 2005.
Field of Blood, Atheneum Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2005.
Dragon's Hoard, Atheneum Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2005.
Joust of Honor, Atheneum Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2005.
Vox, David Fickling Books (New York, NY), 2005.
Freeglader, David Fickling Books (New York, NY), 2006.
Corby Flood, David Fickling Books (New York, NY), 2006.
Clash of the Sky Galleons, David Fickling Books (New York, NY), 2007.
Hugo Pepper, David Fickling Books (New York, NY), 2007.
The Winter Knights, David Fickling Books (New York, NY), 2007.
Free Lance Hodder Children's Books (London, England), 2007.
The Curse of the Night Wolf, David Fickling Books (New York, NY), 2008.
Barnaby Grimes: Return of the Emerald Skull, David Fickling Books (New York, NY), 2008.
Barnaby Grimes: Legion of the Dead, Doubleday (London, England), 2008.
The Rook Trilogy: Includes: The Last of the Sky Pirates, Vox & Freeglader (Edge Chronicles), Doubleday UK (London, England), 2008.
Barnaby Grimes: Phantom of Blood Alley, Doubleday (London, England), 2009.
The Immortals, Doubleday (London, England), 2009.
Sarah Hayes, reteller, Gruesome Giants, Derrydale Books (New York, NY), 1985.
Mary Hoffman, Beware, Princess!, Heinemann (London, England), 1986.
Ted Hughes, Fangs the Vampire Bat and the Kiss of Truth, Faber & Faber (Boston, MA), 1986.
Kate Andrew, Beyond the Rolling River, Collins (London, England), 1988.
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan, Magnet, 1988.
Ted Hughes, Moon-Whales, revised edition, Faber & Faber (London, England), 1988.
Mary Hoffman, Dracula's Daughter, Heinemann (London, England), 1988, Barron's (New York, NY), 1989, reprinted, Crabtree Pub. Co. (New York, NY), 2006.
Robert McCrum, The Dream Boat Brontosaurus, Methuen (London, England), 1989.
Andrew Gibson, Ellis and the Hummick, Faber & Faber (Boston, MA), 1989.
Andrew Gibson, The Abradizil, Faber & Faber (Boston, MA), 1990.
Kate Andrew, The Prism Tree, Collins (London, England), 1990.
Kathryn Cave, Henry Hobbs, Alien, Viking (London, England), 1990.
Kathryn Cave, Jumble, Blackie (London, England), 1991.
Helen Cresswell, Lizzie Dripping and the Witch, BBC Books (London, England), 1991.
Andrew Gibson, Jemima, Grandma, and the Great Lost Zone, Faber & Faber (Boston, MA), 1991.
Kathryn Cave, Out for the Count: A Counting Adventure, Barron's (Hauppauge, NY), 1991.
Freida Hughes, The Thing in the Sink, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1992.
Catherine Baker, editor, An Armful of Bears (poetry), Methuen (London, England), 1993.
Andrew Gibson, The Amazing Witherspoon's Amazing Circus Crew, Faber & Faber (London, England), 1993.
Kathryn Cave, Something Else, Viking (London, England), 1994, Mondo (Greenvale, NY), 1998.
Freida Hughes, Rent-a-Friend, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1994.
Miles Gibson, Say Hello to the Buffalo, Heinemann (London, England), 1994.
Andrew Gibson, Chegwith Skillett Escapes, Faber & Faber (London, England), 1995.
Ted Hughes, Collected Animal Poems, Volume 1: The Iron Wolf, Faber & Faber (London, England), 1995.
Louise Howard, Buddhism for Sheep, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1996.
Kathryn Cave, The Emperor's Gruckle Hound, Hodder & Stoughton (London, England), 1996.
Alan Durant, Angus Rides the Goods Train, Viking (London, England), 1996.
Hans Christian Andersen, The Swan's Stories, selected and translated by Brian Aldersen, Walker (New York, NY), 1997.
Roger McGough, Until I Met Dudley: How Everyday Things Really Work, Walker (New York, NY), 1997.
Philip Ridley, Kasper in the Glitter, Dutton (New York, NY), 1997.
Louise Howard, Feng Shui for Cats, Ebury Press (London, England), 1997.
Louise Howard, Feng Shui for Dogs, Ebury Press (London, England), 1997.
Freida Hughes, The Tall Story, Macdonald (London, England), 1997.
Kathryn Cave, Horatio Happened, Hodder & Stoughton (London, England), 1998.
Kathryn Cave, William and the Wolves, Hodder & Stoughton (London, England), 1999.
Richard Platt, Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess, Walker (New York, NY), 1999.
Claire Nielson, Buddhism for Bears, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1999.
Claire Nielson, The Tao for Babies, Seastone (Berkeley, CA), 2001.
Richard Platt, Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2001.
Martin Jenkins, abridger, Gulliver's Travels, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2004.
Martin Jenkins, reteller, Jonathan Swift's Gulliver, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2005.
Chris Riddell is an author and illustrator who specializes in creating lively, color-filled books for young readers. Among Riddell's writings are Ben and the Bear, The Wish Factory, and The Trouble with Elephants, while his illustration projects include bringing to life texts by authors such as Kathryn Cave, Andrew Gibson, and Paul Stewart. Of Riddell's work on The Swan's Stories, a collection of tales by Hans Christian Andersen, Horn Book contributor Ann A. Flowers noted, "The illustrations are superb, a cross between [Arthur] Rackham and [E.H.] Shepard with a touch of Carl Larsson." Flowers also noted: "This is a beautiful book." When not engaged in adding a dose of whimsy to books for children, Riddell casts a quizzical eye on the games of adult politicians, contributing wry political cartoons to such noted British publications as the New Statesman and the London Observer.
Riddell was born in 1962 in Capetown, South Africa, but moved to London as a child and attended British schools. He graduated from Brighton Polytechnic in 1984 with a degree in visual communications and first-class honors. His first published book, Ben and the Bear, appeared in 1985, the same year his illustrations began appearing in picture books by other authors.
The humorous Ben and the Bear was quickly followed by Mr. Underbed. Based on the classic childhood fear of nighttime creatures lurking under the bed, Mr. Underbed finds young Jim meeting a host of surprisingly congenial monsters that reside not only under his bed, but in other spots in his bedroom as well. In fact, Mr. Underbed and his monster friends are so much fun to be with that by story's end Jim has opted to sleep under the bed with his new friends. Books for Keeps reviewer Jill Bennett deemed this work "an attractive read alone" and a successful bedtime tale due to its simple text and appealing illustrations.
In 1987's Bird's New Shoes, Riddell pokes fun at the world of high fashion. Bird's latest fashion find, a pair of bright red shoes, causes Rat to covet a pair (or two) of his own. Of course, a new tie would look fabulous with the shoes, but when Rat parades around in his dashing new duds, Warthog simply must have not only the same shoes, but an equally snazzy tie as well. And so goes the one-upmanship in a book that a Publishers Weekly contributor called "a fun picture book with a simple story line." Particular praise was lavished on Riddell's vibrantly colored illustrations: a Publishers Weekly contributor dubbed them "bright, busy, and cartoony," while in School Library Journal Lauralyn Persson noted that "the animals are cleverly drawn, … [with] lots of innate comic personality."
In The Trouble with Elephants, a young girl's much-loved stuffed elephant causes her to imagine problems that living with real elephants might cause: pink rings in the bathtub, snoring at night, and terribly unfair games of see-saw and hide-and-go-seek. And never mind letting them ride on your bicycle, even once, or they'll squash it flat! Amid this litany of elephantine flaws scampers a herd of happy-go-lucky elephants, whose demeanor is "sure to elicit grins," according to School Library Journal contributor Lori A. Janick. Phillis Wilson praised The Trouble with Elephants in a review for Booklist, commenting that Riddell's "use of exaggeration is a delightful addition to the gently engaging narrative."
The Wish Factory again delves into a child's imagination. Like Mr. Underbed, its subject is bedtime. Here, young Oliver is taken to a magical place in the clouds called the Wish Factory, where he is given a wish to be used the next time a bad dream threatens to disturb his sleep. Called "a beautifully illustrated … picture book in nighttime colors" by School Librarian contributor Margaret Banerjee, The Wish Factory also received praise from critic Liz Waterland, who noted in her review for Books for Keeps that readers "will find [Riddell's] story straightforward and reassuring, especially if they're afraid of the dark."
In 1998 Riddell partnered with children's author Paul Stewart to produce a series of books. Together, Riddell and Stewart wrote the first book of a series that would come to be known as "The Edge Chronicles": Beyond the Deepwoods. The book introduces a slightly older audience—ages nine to eleven—to the fantasy world of the Edge. Readers meet protagonist Twig, a woodtroll who is shunned because he is taller and lankier than the short, stout woodtrolls. Twig's mother decides that it is time to tell Twig that he is not really a woodtroll and sends him off to his cousin's house for safety, warning him not to stray from the path. The real adventure begins when Twig leaves the path and encounters all sorts of creatures, including Banderbears, Sky Pirates, and the infamous Gloamglozer. In a review of Beyond the Deepwoods for the Green Man Review Web site, Marian McHugh praised Riddell and Stewart for creating a story that allows readers to "make new friends as well as lose some that have become dear, but overall have a rollicking good time." McHugh also praised Riddell's "wonderful pen drawings" that "fully complement the story" and pointed out that "it is obvious … that both author and illustrator have worked closely together to produce this novel."
Riddell and Stewart have also joined forces in creating many books for younger readers. Rabbit and Hedgehog, the loveable duo who appeared in Riddell and Stewart's A Little Bit of Winter and The Birthday Presents, return in Rabbit's Wish. Rabbit wakes up and is excited to play with his best friend Hedgehog, but there is a problem: Hedgehog sleeps during the day and Rabbit sleeps at night. As Hedgehog goes to sleep, Rabbit wishes that he could play with his friend for a whole day. Then a heavy rain comes and floods both of their homes. The two animals play in the rain together until their homes dry out, and Rabbit decides that he will stay awake with Hedgehog one night for fun. In a review of Rabbit's Wish for Booklist, Helen Rosenberg wrote that "the soft, expressive watercolor illustrations are a good match for this story about friendship," which, Rosenberg pointed out, shares similarities with the "Frog and Toad" stories by children's author Arnold Lobel. In School Library Journal, Ann Cook also praised Riddell's artistry, commenting that his "gentle" illustrations "underscore the joy these creatures share and the anxiety they feel when each thinks the other is in danger."
Riddell introduced readers to a new character with his 2001 publication Platypus. Platypus loves to collect special things. His collection includes a marble, an acorn, and a sneaker, but Platypus feels it is not complete. When he waddles to the seaside in search of a special something to complete his prized collection, he discovers a beautiful, curly shell, which he promptly adds to his box and then takes a nap. When he wakes, the shell is gone! After a second shell disappears, Platypus realizes a hermit crab had been living in the first shell and has made the second shell his new home. Platypus apologizes to the crab and takes it back to the beach. From then on, whenever Platypus collects shells, he makes sure that no one is living inside before he claims it for his special collection. "Riddell conveys his message subtly and with good humor," wrote a Kirkus Reviews contributor, who also commented that "Riddell's crisp watercolor illustration, finely accented in blank ink, stands out against the stark white page." A Publishers Weekly contributor pointed out that "Riddell's well-paced plotting makes the mystery and resolution equally enticing" for two-to-five-year-olds.
Platypus returns in Platypus and the Lucky Day. In this sequel, Platypus wakes up overjoyed, sure that today is his lucky day. He ventures outdoors to fly a kite, but it gets stuck in a tree. When he climbs the tree to retrieve his kite, a branch breaks and he crashes to the ground. He decides to paint a picture, but the wind snatches it, and then it begins to rain. On the way home, Platypus trips and falls. He is so upset that he crawls back into bed, where he finds a banana and his favorite stuffed animal, which he thought he had lost. He then decides to dig through his toys and finds his go-cart. Platypus braves the outside once again on his go-cart, and is upset when he crashes into a tree—until his kite falls into his lap! Platypus realizes that it is his lucky day after all, and Riddell teaches children an important lesson about looking at life from different angles. This "winsome character," as he was described by a Kirkus Reviews contributor, is featured in watercolor pictures surrounded by an expanse of white space, "creating focal points that carry the tale." The same reviewer also praised Riddell's plot for being "comical in its own low-key way" and mentioned that "what succeeds here is the note of cheery hope."
Riddell has illustrated children's books for Richard Platt. In Platt's story Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter, the year is 1716 and nine-year-old Jake leaves his home in North Carolina for a sailing adventure with his uncle Will, which turns out to be a different type of adventure than Jake anticipated. Jake learns that sea life is rough. Their food is infested with maggots, they suffer a fierce storm, crewmates die, and wicked Captain Nick flogs Uncle Will and casts him out to sea when Jake accidentally drops a bucket over the side of the ship. Then the ship is captured by pirates, and Captain Nick is left on a deserted island. Jake travels with the pirates, keeping track of their adventures "in an entertaining, historical-diary format," observed Booklist's Shelle Rosenfeld, who described Riddell's illustrations as "colorful" and "dynamic." The book is based on historical truths and is supplemented with endnotes, source notes, and a glossary, all of which further young readers' understanding of the true historical background and events. Anne Chapman Callaghan, who reviewed Pirate Diary for School Library Journal, found that the "myriad ink-and-watercolor illustrations help illuminate the dramatic events" of the story. "Kids looking for adventure will certainly find plenty of it here," Callaghan wrote. One Publishers Weekly contributor commented on the variety of drawings with which Riddell supplied readers, including "spot illustrations, dramatic full-page and full-spread scenes, and a detailed cutaway of the ship." The reviewer noted that "with verve and puckish humor, they easily transport readers to high times on the high seas."
Riddell is also author of a series of books featuring Ottoline, a young girl who resides in the "Big City" in the Pepperpot Building along with Mr. Munroe, a hairy creature whose origins lie in the Norwegian bog. In Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, the story follows Ottoline and Mr. Munroe, along with a bear who is a kleptomanic, as they get involved in a mystery involving a bad feline. "Written for children who like a lot of pictures, the result [is] much classier than comic books," wrote Nicolette Jones in a review in the Times of London. In Ottoline Goes to School, Ottoline meets Cecily Forbes-Lawrence III who has a Pony named Mumbles. Cecily is a high-class little girl whose parents pay little attention to her. Ottoline and Cecily end up going to the School for Differently Gifted in a castle that is haunted. A contributor to the Bookbag Web site noted the "outstanding graphical design, with careful typography, excellent drawings with embedded text and the absurd humour oozing sophistication."
In The Emperor of Absurdia, Riddell presents the Emperor sleeping on a comfortable bed that appears to be a flower. The Emperor then encounters the friendly Wardrobe Monster when he falls out of bed. The book follows the Emperor as he wanders through a strange land that ends up being the dream of a young boy. "There's a pace to the book which makes it ideal as a bed-time story," wrote a contributor to the Book Bag Web site.
Wendel's Workshop features a mouse named Wendel who is also an engineer and inventor. When he invents a robot named Clunk to help him in his work, Wendel soon finds that Clunk is useless and sends him to his growing scrap heap of failed projects. Wendel then creates another robot named Wendelbot who appears to be quite handy. However, Wendel soon finds himself thrown onto he scrapheap by the super tidy Wendelbot. As a result, Wendel must enlist the aid of Clunk to reclaim his workshop. A Book Bag contributor noted: "The story is told simply but fluently and although without any language fireworks, complements the artwork very well."
Riddle has also continued to work with Paul Stewart on a variety of children's books, including Corby Flood, published in 2006. The eight-year-old Corby is traveling the Seven Seas with her large family on the rundown S.S. Euphonia. Captained by the grumpy Boris Belevedere, the ship carries a wide range of interesting passengers, including the mysterious "The Man from Cabin 21" and the suspicious members of the Brotherhood of the Clowns. Writing for the BookLoons Web site, J.A. Kaszuba Locke commented: "Stewart and Riddell have outdone themselves with Corby Flood. It has it all—great characters, mystery, suspense, love, and jollies, such as the shrinkage in the cleaning process of the clowns' suits, the encasement of Corby when her bunk bed closes against the wall, and the battle of Corby and the clowns sitting in mechanical deckchairs."
Riddell and Stewart also coauthored three books referred to as "The Rook Trilogy." The books are titled The Last of the Sky Pirates, Vox, and Freeglader. The fantasy trilogy, which is also part of the "Edge Chronicles" features a wide assortment of characters, from waifs and woodtrolls to gnokboblins and cloddertrogs. In a review of Freeglader, Armchair Interviews Web site contributor Andrea Sisco commented that the authors "have created an exciting and complex fantasy world."
In another book by Riddell and Stewart, titled The Twig Trilogy (Edge Chronicles _1-3): Includes Beyond the Deepwoods, Stormchaser & Midnight over Sanctaphrax, the authors feature the character Twig. The stories about Twig include a scary encounter with goblins and trolls, and a tale following Twig trying to warn others about a coming storm. Angela Youngman, writing for the Monsters and Critics Web site, called the trilogy "a nice solid read, with plenty of action." Commenting on the first two books in the series to be published separately in the United States—Stormchaser and Beyond the Deepwoods—Bewildering Stories Web site contributor Jerry Wright noted that "if you enjoy Harry Potter, or Lemony Snicket, your probability of enjoying this series is great, although the various series have NOTHING in common with each other except that they are well-written fantasies, and young readers as well as adults will enjoy them." Another book that is part of the "Edge Chronicles," The Winter Knights, features the young Quint as he trains at the Knights Academy. Carolyn Phelan, writing in Booklist, noted the book's "charming elements."
The prolific Riddell also continues to serve as illustrator for other peoples' books, such as Jonathan Swift's Gulliver, a retelling of Swift's classic story by Martin Jenkins. Carolyn Phelan, writing in Booklist, referred to the book as "a tour de force of illustration and design." Riddell also is the illustrator for Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess, by Richard Plait. The book features the fictitious journal of a young English page in the medieval world. A Publishers Weekly contributor noted Riddell's "abundant, adeptly detailed pen-and-watercolor illustrations."
While Riddell makes his home in England, he continues to travel and spends many summers in Italy. In addition to illustrating for his profession, Riddell enjoys spending his free time drawing and painting.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Booklist, October 15, 1988, Phillis Wilson, review of The Trouble with Elephants, p. 413; March 1, 1999, Carolyn Phelan, review of A Little Bit of Winter, p. 1223; November 15, 1999, Carolyn Phelan, review of Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess, p. 627; October 15, 2001, Helen Rosenberg, review of Rabbit's Wish, p. 402; December 15, 2001, Shelle Rosenfeld, review of Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter, p. 732; July, 2004, Carolyn Phelan, review of Beyond the Deepwoods, p. 1844; August, 2004, Carolyn Phelan, review of Stormchaser, p. 1925; September 1, 2004, Carolyn Phelan, review of Midnight over Sanctaphrax, p. 1925; March 15, 2005, Michael Cart, review of Gulliver's Travels, p. 1293; February 15, 2006, Carolyn Phelan, review of Fergus Crane, p. 99; April 1, 2007, Kristin McKulski, review of Hugo Pepper, p. 53; June 1, 2007, Carolyn Phelan, review of Muddle Earth, p. 75; July 1, 2007, Carolyn Phelan, review of The Winter Knights, p. 58.
Bookseller, January 24, 2003, review of Muddle Earth, p. 29.
Books for Keeps, March, 1988, Jill Bennett, review of Mr. Underbed, p. 17; November, 1992, Liz Waterland, review of The Wish Factory, p. 16.
Books, autumn, 2001, review of Platypus, p. 18.
Horn Book, November-December, 1997, Ann A. Flowers, review of The Swan's Stories, p. 689; January-February, 2007, Christine M. Heppermann, review of Hugo Pepper.
Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2002, review of Platypus, p. 577; July 1, 2002, review of Platypus and the Lucky Day, p. 962; July 1, 2004, review of Beyond the Deepwoods, p. 637; February 15, 2005, review of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver, p. 229; April 15, 2006, review of Corby Flood, p. 416; July 1, 2007, review of Muddle Earth; April 15, 2008, review of Ottoline and the Yellow Cat.
Observer (London, England), October 28, 2001, review of Platypus, p. 16; January 27, 2008, Phil Hogan, "Drawn, Quartered … and Now Hung," interview with author.
Publishers Weekly, February 27, 1987, review of Bird's New Shoes, p. 164; June 1, 1992, review of Out for the Count: A Counting Adventure, p. 61; December 14, 1998, review of A Little Bit of Winter, p. 74; June 28, 1999, review of Buddhism for Bears, p. 70; July 19, 1999, review of Castle Diary, p. 194; November 13, 2000, review of A Little Bit of Winter, p. 106; June 4, 2001, review of Rabbit's Wish, p. 82; October 22, 2001, review of Pirate Diary, p. 77; April 15, 2002, review of Platypus, p. 62; July 8, 2002, "Encore! Encore!," review of Platypus and the Lucky Day, p. 51; June 16, 2003, "True Companions," review of What Do You Remember?, p. 73; August 25, 2003, reviews of Castle Diary and Pirate Diary, p. 67; July 9, 2007, review of Muddle Earth, p. 54.
Resource Links, October 1, 2006, Suzanne Finkelstein, review of Dracula's Daughter, p. 19.
School Library Journal, September, 1987, Lauralyn Persson, review of Bird's New Shoes, p. 169; March, 1989, Lori A. Janick, review of The Trouble with Elephants, pp. 168-169; February, 1991, Margaret Banerjee, review of The Wish Factory, p. 20; July, 2001, Ann Cook, review of Rabbit's Wish, p. 89; December, 2001, Anne Chapman Callaghan, review of Pirate Diary, p. 142; December, 2003, Andrea Tarr, review of Platypus and the Birthday Party, p. 124; September, 2004, Erin Gray, review of Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls, p. 218; September, 2004, Beth L. Meister, review of Beyond the Deepwoods, p. 218; October, 2004, Lisa Prolman, review of Midnight over Sanctaphrax, p. 178; February, 2005, Jenna Miller, review of The Curse of the Gloamglozer, p. 140; March, 2005, Heide Piehler, review of Gulliver's Travels, p. 213; June, 2005, Walter Minkel, review of The Last of the Sky Pirates, p. 170; August, 2005, Walter Minkel, review of Joust of Honor, p. 136; October, 2005, review of Gulliver's Travels, p. 61; June, 2006, Tim Wadham, review of Fergus Crane, p. 127; September, 2006, Walter Minkel, review of Corby Flood, p. 185; February, 2007, Quinby Frank, review of Hugo Pepper, p. 98; September, 2007, Elizabeth Bird, review of Muddle Earth, p. 208.
Time for Kids, September 24, 2004, "Q&A," interview with Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart, p. 8; September 21, 2007, Melissa Kong, "Living on the Edge," review of Clash of the Sky Galleons, p. 7.
Times (London, England), February 11, 2007, Nicolette Jones, review of Ottoline and the Yellow Cat.
Armchair Interviews,http://armchairinterviews.com/ (August 1, 2008), Andrea Sisco, review of Freeglader.
Bewildering Stories,http://www.bewilderingstories.com/ (August 1, 2008), Jerry Wright, "Book Review: Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, The Edge Chronicles."
Book Bag,http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/ (August 1, 2008), reviews of Ottoline Goes to School, Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, The Emperor of Absurdia, and Wendel's Workshop.
BookLoons,http://www.bookloons.com/ (November 29, 2005), J.A. Kaszuba Locke, "Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell," interview; (August 1, 2008), J.A. Kaszuba Locke, reviews of Corby Flood and Midnight over Sanctaphrax.
BookPleasures.com,http://www.bookpleasures.com/ (August 1, 2008), Molly Martin, review of Stormchaser.
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Web site,http://www.cilip.org.uk/ (August 1, 2008), Elspeth Hyams, "From Fantasy to Satire. Elspeth Hyams Talks to Chris Riddell."
Chris Riddell Home Page,http://www.chrisriddell.com (August 1, 2008).
Green Man Review,http://www.greenmanreview.com/ (April 27, 2004), Marian McHugh, review of Beyond the Deepwoods.
Midwest Book Review,http://www.midwestbookreview.com/ (August 1, 2008), review of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver.
Monsters and Critics,http://www.monstersandcritics.com/ (December 8, 2007), Angela Youngman, "Book Review: The Twig Trilogy by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell."
Pulse,http://thepulse.org.nz/ (August 1, 2008), "On the Edge with Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell," interview.
Stewart and Riddell Website,http://www.stewartandriddell.co.uk (August 1, 2008).
World Book Day Festival,http://www.worldbookdayfestival.com/ (April 27, 2004), author profile.
Yatterings,http://www.yatterings.com/ (August 1, 2008), interview with author and Paul Stewart.
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