Author / Illustrator: Raymond Briggs
The Story: Picture based book telling the story of Father Christmas’ Christmas Eve.
This is a cherished book, I still have my original 1st edition with dog-earred edges. It reminds me of childhood Christmas eves tucked up snug with Mum and Dad on the sofa, fire lit, fairy lights on the tree, mince pie and a glass of milk, for me and for Father Christmas. I still get it out every Christmas even though my parents are long gone, I am instantly transported back to those magical childhood times, makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Can you describe a favourite illustration or give a favourite quote from the story and tell us why you chose it.
My favourite page has to be a double page spread of Father Christmas tiny in his sleigh, flying above Buckingham Palace with a speech bubble ‘Good! The flag’s flying. They’re in’. It is beautifully drawn, great composition, but as a child it made me wonder which chimney did he choose to use at the palace. Raymond Briggs was a huge influence on my wanting to be an illustrator, his ability to tell a story through just images really struck me as a child.
Emma Graham is a freelance children’s book illustrator. She was a Hook finalist at the 2016 SCBWI BI conference and a finalist in The Stratford Literary Festival picture book competition in 2017. Her first book, Symphony Hollow, has just been published.
Which book is on your Christmas wishlist this year?
Ah! So many! Oi Cat just because I have laughed so much at Oi Dog! And Oi Frog! Written by Kes Grey and illustrated by Jim Field. And also (am I allowed two, oh go on!) Care for Our World by Karen Robbins with the delightful illustrations by Alexandra Ball.
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