Celebrating the Outgoing Waterstones Children's Laureate: Chris Riddell's Top 10 Illustrators
'I love books with pictures and the illustrators who work with writers to create them.'
Drawing his way around the country, armed with a ready supply of sketchbooks, a pen (inevitably tucked behind one ear) and a seemingly endless capacity for inspiring creativity and a love of imagination, Chris Riddell’s tireless dedication to his work as Waterstones Children’s Laureate has been immeasurable. He’s not only been a champion of children’s books and reading but also a pioneer of illustration, with his pictorial ‘Laureate’s Log’ (now collected in Travels with my Sketchbook) providing a unique record of his wonderful work.
To celebrate his time in post, Chris has kindly gifted Waterstones an exclusive, pictorial rogue’s gallery of ten of his all-time favourite illustrators, past and present. As he hands on the baton to Lauren Child and hopefully puts his feet up for a well-earned cup of tea and a biscuit or three, we at Waterstones offer all our thanks for his work and for taking us along on his extraordinary Waterstones Children's Laureate journey.
John Tenniel's illustrations for Alice in Wonderland: Alice meets the Cheshire Cat and Tenniel's original black and white sketches.
An extract from The House at Pooh Corner with E.H. Shepard's iconic pictures of Pooh, Piglet, Christopher Robin and Eeyore.
Alexis Deacon's extraordinary fantasy landscapes: extracts from his graphic novel, Geis.
Chris Haughton's eye-catching and hilarious children's worlds: illustrations from bestselling picture book Shh! We Have a Plan.
Travels with my Sketchbook is published on 13th July 2017 and is available to pre-order at Waterstones now.