THE HAND THAT IL­LUS­TRATES

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Tak­ing over the ba­ton from Malo­rie Black­man, mas­ter illustrator Chris Rid­dell has been named the new chil­dren’s lau­re­ate.

Although per­haps not as well known as his writer coun­ter­parts, Rid­dell is the hand be­hind some of the best­selling and most loved chil­dren’s ti­tles. Th­ese in­clude Rid­dell’s own Ot­to­line se­ries and the Pirate Di­ary by Richard Platt.

Rid­dell has pushed the bound­aries of chil­dren’s il­lus­tra­tions and in­fa­mously in­cluded a drawing of the queen kiss­ing Sleep­ing Beauty, which sparked wide con­tro­versy.

CHRIS RID­DELL

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