Book Review: Travels with my Sketchbook by Chris Riddell

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Travels with my Sketchbook is a 320-page thick hardcover that collects the sketches made by Chris Riddell during his time as Children’s Laureate (2015 - 2017). The Children’s Laureate award is given out every 2 years in UK to celebrate the outstanding contribution of a writer or illustrator of children books. You can think of this book as a personal journal of Chris Riddell over the last two years.

Chris Riddell is a very accomplished British illustrator who works as a political cartoonist at The Observer. He also draws from the Literary Review.

In this book, you’ll see lots of sketches, doodles, posters, political cartoons and some extracts from the Laureate Log, a daily record of his time as Laureate. It’s an intimate view of his life behind the scenes. You get to see the people he interacts with, the work he does and the ideas and drafts he draws out to brainstorm for his illustration work. This is like a-sketch-day type of journal. The drawings are wonderful. There are those drawn very simply as well as beautifully coloured and refined illustrations.

Fans of Chris Riddell will find exceptional delight with the book. Those who love journal style sketchbooks can also check it out.

Travels with my Sketchbook is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository

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