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Creator: Raymond Briggs
Raymond Briggs 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), and The Tin-Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman (a satire of The Falklands War).

Works by Raymond Briggs with their own trope pages include:

Other works by Raymond Briggs provide examples of:

  • Bad Santa: Well, not really bad, but less squeaky-clean and relentlessly jolly than most portrayals.
  • Delusions of Eloquence: The protagonist of Gentleman Jim.
  • Leaving Food For Santa: Father Christmas has Father Christmas getting rather tipsy on all the sherry that the children leave out for him (in Britain, it's traditional to give Santa a mince pie and a sherry to keep him going, and a carrot for his reindeer).
  • 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.

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alternative title(s): Raymond Briggs
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