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70 Years Celebration



Chris Riddell, award-winning illustrator, and political cartoonist for The Observer has won the 2004 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver”, it was announced today.

Chris, one of the UK’s most distinctive and prolific illustrators won his first Kate Greenaway Medal in 2002 for Pirate Diary. That he has now secured the UK’s most prestigious award for children’s book illustration for the second time in three years, cements his position as one of the most talented illustrators at work today.

Sharon Sperling, Chair of the Kate Greenaway judging panel comments: “Gulliver” is a tour de force. Chris Riddell has given us 144 pages of fantastic, faultless illustrations, which constantly extend the power of the text. Our winning title also proves that today’s picture books are not just for the youngest age-groups, but are an important source of pleasure and learning for readers of all ages”.

Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver”, published by Walker Books, is a new version of Swift’s classic satirical work of 1726 in which the eponymous hero, Lemuel Gulliver embarks on four voyages to such weird and wonderful lands as Lilliput, Brobdingnag and Laputa. Martin Jenkins’s skilful retelling renders the original text eminently accessible to anyone aged nine and over, and Riddell’s sumptuous illustrations transport the reader on a magical tour into the realms of his own fertile imagination.

Chris Riddell studied illustration at Brighton Polytechnic where his tutors included Raymond Briggs. He left college in 1984 and has been inundated with work ever since. His career as a political cartoonist began almost 20 years ago on The Economist, and after working for a number of national newspapers, he joined The Observer in 1995, for whom he draws a weekly political cartoon. Chris is also well-known for the “Edge Chronicles”, a series of fantasy novels by Paul Stewart for which he provides extraordinarily detailed and imaginative black and white illustrations. His work for children also encompasses a series of picture books for younger readers featuring “Platypus”, a character based on his own young son, and, most recently, a new junior fiction series ­ once again with Paul Stewart - featuring the adventures of one Fergus Crane.

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, established in 1956 and named in honour of the distinguished illustrator is awarded for “outstanding illustration in a children’s book”. Sister award to the CILIP Carnegie Medal, it is judged by an expert panel of children’s librarians from the Youth Libraries Group (YLG), and follows the same unique process of nomination, and judging. Since the bequest left in 2000 by children’s book and illustration collector, Colin Mears, the winner receives a cheque for £5,000 in addition to the coveted medal.

Chris Riddell joins a select band of distinguished illustrators who have won the Kate Greenaway Medal on more than one occasion. They include Anthony Browne, Janet Ahlberg, Jan Pienkowski, John Burningham, Shirley Hughes and Raymond Briggs.

The shortlist for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2004 was:

IAN ANDREW (Text by Helen Ward) The Boat
Age range: 7+
ISBN: 1-84011-402-9

RUSSELL AYTO (Text by Mij Kelly) One More Sheep
Age range: 5+
ISBN:  0-340-80585-4

SIMON BARTRAM Dougal’s Deep-Sea Diary
Age range: 5+
ISBN: 1-84011-508-4

QUENTIN BLAKE (Text by Michael Rosen) Michael Rosen’s Sad Book
Age range: 7+  ISBN:  0-7445-9898-2

Age range: 5+
ISBN:  0-00-712017-6

JOHN KELLY (Text by Cathy Tincknell) Guess Who’s Coming For Dinner?
Age range: 7+
ISBN:  1-84011-628-5

CHRIS RIDDELL (Text by Martin Jenkins) Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver”
Age range: 10+
ISBN: 0-7445-8642-9


8 July 2005