Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001 and 2004 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. His work for Macmillan includes the bestselling Goth Girl books, the Ottoline series, The Emperor of Absurdia, Wendel and the Robots and, with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth books, the Scavenger series and the Blobheads series. Chris lives in Brighton with his family.
Riddell's artwork is as lush and detailed as ever [...] a must for lovers of fairy tales and happy endings! -- 2018-2019 Reading Guide * INIS * A truly delightful book, with illustrations that will set children's imaginations alight. * BookTrust's Great Books Guide 2018 * Former Children's Laureate Chris Riddell weaves a wonderful fantasy adventure around some of the best loved fairy story characters in this hugely attractive and thoroughly entertaining picture story book. -- Julia Eccleshare * Love Reading * There's extraordinary detail in the illustrations and, while children will enjoy spotting the familiar faces, the way in which Riddell subverts the original stories introduces a fresh take on age-old adventures, heroes and villains. * Mail Online * The details are joyous and the text is wryly witty. Supreme draughtsmanship and the chance for children to feel knowing make this book a winner. * Sunday Times * Riddell's drawings lend old-fashioned enchantment to this thoroughly modern tale * Daily Telegraph * Chris Riddell's Once Upon a Wild Wood is an elegant subversion of the fairytale canon [...] Riddell's layered landscapes, full of sly detail, invite exploration. * The Guardian * A smart young heroine, playful storytelling full of wit and detail, and rich, layered pictures in his unique style * The Bookseller, Editor's choice *