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- Publisher: Puffin Books
- Format: Paperback | 32 pages
- Dimensions: 210mm x 246mm x 6mm | 141g
- Publication date: 1 August 1977
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0140501258
- ISBN 13: 9780140501254
- Illustrations note: colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 4,007
Raymond Briggs' Christmas classic - the wonderful and hilarious Father Christmas. Father Christmas awoke from his lovely dream of summer in the sun, and there it was on the calendar, December 24th, Christmas Eve - the start of his longest night's work of the year! This book was awarded The Library Association's Kate Greenaway Medal, and has been a firm favourite ever since its first publication. It has also been turned into a much-loved animation. Raymond Briggs studied at Wimbledon Art School, the Central School of Art and the Slade. Many of his books are now classics and some - The Snowman, Father Christmas, Father Christmas Goes on Holiday and When The Wind Blows - have been made into successful films. Raymond Briggs lives in Sussex. Other books by Raymond Briggs: The Snowman; The Snowman Buggy Book; The Snowman Sound Book;The Elephant and the Bad Baby; Father Christmas; Fungus the Bogeyman; Raymond Briggs' Christmas Little Library; The Father Christmas it's a Bloomin' Terrible Joke Book; Jim and the Beanstalk; and, Father Christmas Goes on Holiday.
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Raymond Briggs studied at Wimbledon School of Art, the Central School of Art and the Slade. Many of his books are now classics and some: THE SNOWMAN, FATHER CHRISTMAS, FATHER CHRISTMAS GOES ON HOLIDAY and WHEN THE WIND BLOWS, have been made into highly successful films. Raymond Briggs lives in Sussex.
First of all, Santa Claus (or Father Christmas as the British call him) is bald. Secondly, as anyone who has ever contemplated his December 24th work load must have guessed, he's a little disgruntled about the whole ruddy business. Briggs projects Santa's day in comic strip sequence and balloon monologue, from his waking from a dream of sun through his grumpy dressing, breakfast, packing up and departure ("Blooming snow. . . I hate winter. . . Keep still you silly deers. . . tally ho!"), his delivery rounds ("blooming chimneys. . . blooming snow. . . blooming aerials"), past a milkman (' "Still at it mate?' 'Nearly done' ") to a drop at the palace, and at last home to his hot bath and "lovely pud" and "good drop of ale" - and of course "happy blooming Christmas to you too." You don't have to be British to take to this very human Father Christmas - but it helps to have an open eye for all the throwaway background detail. (Kirkus Reviews)