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1[[quoteright:147:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/raymond_briggs.jpg]]˛->''"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 [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever CBE]] (born 18 January 1934) is an English author and illustrator known for his picture books.˛˛His books for children include ''ComicBook/FatherChristmas'' (awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal), ''Father Christmas Goes on Holiday'', ''Fungus the Bogeyman'', ''ComicBook/TheSnowman'' (a magical and completely wordless tale that was adapted into a beloved animated film), and ''ComicBook/TheMan''.˛˛His books for older readers -- [[ArtStyleDissonance disconcertingly illustrated in the same cartoony style]] -- include ''Gentleman Jim'', ''ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows'' (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 UsefulNotes/TheFalklandsWar), and ''WesternAnimation/EthelAndErnest'', a graphic biography of his own parents that turned into an animated film narrated by Briggs himself.˛----˛!!Works by Raymond Briggs with their own trope pages include:˛˛* ''ComicBook/FatherChristmas''˛* ''Literature/FungusTheBogeyman''˛* ''ComicBook/TheMan''˛* ''ComicBook/TheSnowman''˛* ''ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows''˛* ''WesternAnimation/EthelAndErnest''˛˛!!Other works by Raymond Briggs provide examples of:˛˛* DelusionsOfEloquence: The protagonist of ''Gentleman Jim''.˛˛----

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