Raymond Briggs, author of British Christmas classic ‘The Snowman’, dies aged 88

Raymond Briggs’ book ‘The Snowman’ has become a Christmas staple for generations of kids

British cartoonist and illustrator Raymond Briggs, whose creation “The Snowman” has become a Christmas staple for generations of children, has died aged 88, his publisher Penguin Random House announced on Wednesday.

The 1978 picture book about a young red-haired boy who builds a snowman that magically comes to life has sold over 5.5 million copies worldwide and was made into a movie. animation in 1982.

First shown on British television, with an introduction by David Bowie in some later versions, the film and its memorable musical score have since become synonymous with Christmas, being shown every year.

“Raymond’s books are illustrated masterpieces that address some of the fundamental questions of what it is to be human, addressing both adults and children,” said Francesca Dow, director General of Penguin Random House Children’s.

Reflecting his own grumpy nature, Brigg’s first big hit came in 1973 with “Father Christmas,” in which Santa Claus is an irascible old man who hates the cold and snow, and finds delivering gifts a chore.

In 1977’s “Fungus the Bogeyman,” the eponymous slimy underworld hero frightens vicars, wakes human babies, and shakes things up in the night.

Briggs later admitted that he was based on himself – a “miserable, disillusioned, depressed middle-aged man”.

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