"I don't believe in happy endings. Children have got to face death sooner or later. Granny and Grandpa die, dogs die, cats die, gerbils and those frightful things - what are they called? - hamsters: all die like flies. So there's no point avoiding it."Raymond Redvers Briggs, (born 18 January 1934) is an English author and illustrator known for his picture books.His books for children include Father Christmas (awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal), Father Christmas Goes on Holiday, Fungus the Bogeyman, The Snowman (a magical and completely wordless tale that was adapted into a beloved animated film), and The Man.His books for older readers — disconcertingly illustrated in the same cartoony style — include Gentleman Jim, When the Wind Blows (a darkly comic take on nuclear holocaust from the point-of-view of a simple cheerful middle-aged couple), The Tin-Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman (a satire of The Falklands War), and Ethel And Ernest, a graphic biography of his own parents.
Works by Raymond Briggs with their own trope pages include:
Other works by Raymond Briggs provide examples of:
- Delusions of Eloquence: The protagonist of Gentleman Jim.
- The Vicar: The "Nice Little Vicar" terrorised by Fungus in Fungus The Bogeyman. A footnote explains that bogeys resent Vicars for conflating them with devils.
- Worthless Yellow Rocks: Bogeys regard gold as a base metal, and use it to make spittoons.