Father Christmas

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Raymond Briggs, creator of The Snowman, tells a magical Christmas story that will appeal to everyone who wants to believe in Santa Claus.
Meet Father Christmas: a very human gift-giver with a tough job to do. You'll find out that he sometimes gets a little grumpy living at the icy North Pole and squeezing down chimneys, but he more than makes up for it in heart and humor. Raymond Briggs brings this endearing character to life in over 100 wonderfully illustrated vignettes that ...
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Overview

Raymond Briggs, creator of The Snowman, tells a magical Christmas story that will appeal to everyone who wants to believe in Santa Claus.
Meet Father Christmas: a very human gift-giver with a tough job to do. You'll find out that he sometimes gets a little grumpy living at the icy North Pole and squeezing down chimneys, but he more than makes up for it in heart and humor. Raymond Briggs brings this endearing character to life in over 100 wonderfully illustrated vignettes that follow the adventures of Father Christmas on his big night of the year.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780679887768
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/7/1997
  • Series: Picture Puffins Ser.
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 10.19 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Briggs was born in London in 1934.  At the age of 15, he  went to Wimbeldon Art School to learn how to draw, as he wanted to become a cartoonist.  But there he was told that cartooning was not a profession for gentlemen and that he ought to be a painter.   Raymond then went on to the Slade School in London to study painting as a full-time student.  During his spare time, he began work on a portfolio of illustrations of all kinds, including jackets and a wide selection of drawings to take to publishers.   After illustrating for advertising, newspapers and books, Raymond discovered that book illustration inspired him the most, since it offered far greater variety and freedom than anything else.  Raymond has always found it unfavorable to sustain a consistent illustration style for a long period of time.  He is always seeking to try something else new and different with his work.

Some of Raymond's best known works are The Snowman , The Man , and The Bear .  The setting for The Snowman is based on Raymond's own house and garden, which is in Sussex, England at the foot of South Downs, a few miles from Brighton.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2004

    Enchanting!

    I remember reading this book in Germany when I was a young child. The pictures captivated me as I looked over them time and time again. I'm so glad I found it again! I still love reading it, and I'm in my 30s. I'm sharing it with friends, and they love it too. I can't wait to share it with my children. Santa is so real and a bit broody in the book, making it really fun and fascinating. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 1999

    a Christmas classic

    I used to read his book every Christmas as a child in France. I'm glad to have finally found it here. It is just so funny, and I still really enjoy it as an adult. It has become a classic Christmas present for all the children I know. Despite his lack of excitement for Christmas, Santa Claus is still fun. For the kids, it is a behind-the-scene tour of his life in the North Pole. And he seems pretty human and close to all of us. But you'd better check that for yourself. It's a great book to read with your child as you will both enjoy it and you'll laugh a lot

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