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Raymond Redvers Briggs CBE (18 January 1934 – 9 August 2022)[1] was an English illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist and author. Achieving critical and popular success among adults and children, he is best known in Britain for his story The Snowman, a book without words whose cartoon adaptation is televised and whose musical adaptation is staged every Christmas.[2]

Briggs won the 1966 and 1973 Kate Greenaway Medals from the British Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject.[3][4] For the 50th anniversary of the Medal (1955–2005), a panel named Father Christmas (1973) one of the top-ten winning works, which composed the ballot for a public election of the nation's favourite.[5] For his contribution as a children's illustrator, Briggs was a runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1984.[6][7] He was a patron of the Association of Illustrators.[8] (Wikipedia)


Patrick Sanders, the creator of the childrens book Your Little Tiny Welcome To The Great Big Whole Wide World. Was very much a fan of Raymond Briggs' work,, he was inspired by illustrators who talked to young people without patronisation and who created worlds where the magical and the silly are one.


Patrick Sanders wanted to engage young people and entertain them, whilst also encouraging them to think about how the world is and how the world could be. In Your Little Tiny Welcome To The Great Big Whole Wide World he created a magical world that would sit very well alongside the fantasies created by Raymond Briggs.

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