Raymond Briggs, a cherished author and illustrator, has unexpectedly departed away at the age of 88.
In a statement sent by his publisher Penguin Random House on Tuesday Morning (August 9), his family stated that he had passed away. He is most known for writing the beloved children’s books Father Christman, Fungus The Bogeyman, and When The Wind Blows, as well as The Snowman, which has sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide.
Since its initial airing on Channel 4 in 1982, the animated adaptation of The Snowman has become a Christmas tradition.
Briggs’ family commented on his passing, saying: “We know that millions of people throughout the world liked and were moved by Raymond’s novels, and they will be heartbroken to hear this news.
Raymond loved and put up on the wall of his workshop the drawings made by fans, particularly the drawings made by children and inspired by his writings. He had a wonderful and fulfilling life and expressed gratitude for having both his wife Jean and his companion of more than 40 years, Liz, in it.
On treks along the South Downs and during family vacations to Scotland and Wales, he shared his love of nature with Liz.
At get-togethers, costume parties, and summer picnics in the garden, he also shared his sense of humor and crazy with his family and his extended family of artist friends.
He loves playing practical pranks on others and getting the fallout. All of us who were close to him were aware of his irreverent humor, which could be cutting when applied to those in positions of authority.
He enjoyed the editorial in The Guardian calling himself a “iconoclastic national treasure.” “Raymond’s books are picture masterpieces that explore some of the most fundamental concerns of what it means to be human, appealing to both adults and children with a remarkable economy of words and drawings,” said Francesca Dow, managing director of Penguin Random House Children’s.
“The Snowman is undoubtedly Raymond’s most well-known work. He produced a bold and stunning innovation that included a wordless picture book for kids, a storyboard of still images that quickly became a classic in its own right, as well as the adored animation because he may have wanted more freedom than the traditional 32-page picture book format permitted.
Briggs was “unique,” according to Ms. Down, and “influenced generations of illustrators, graphic novelists, and animators.” “He leaves an enormous legacy and a great hole,” she continued.
Hilary Delamere, Briggs’ literary agent, stated: “Raymond enjoyed playing the professional sourpuss, but we will remember him for his stories of love and grief. I am aware of how deeply his books and animations moved people because of the numerous letters he received.
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