- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; New Ed edition (February 2, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140094199
- ISBN-13: 978-0140094190
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,029 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When the Wind Blows Paperback – February 2, 1988
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About the Author
Raymond Briggs is one of the foremost creators of illustrated books for adults and children, including the unforgettable The Snowman and Father Christmas. THE BASICS THE BOOKSRaymond Briggs' parents have proved an important source of inspiration to the author/artist. His father was a milkman; his mother a former lady's maid. Raymond's unique characterisation of Father Christmas is based on his father - "Father Christmas and the milkman both have wretched jobs: working in the cold, wet and dark." His parents also influenced the character of Jim and Hilda, the victims of nuclear fall-out, in When The Wind Blows. Raymond left school aged 15 to study painting at Wimbledon School of Art. After completing a typography course at the Central School of Art, and two years of National Service, Raymond went on to the Slade School to study painting. His first work was in advertising, but before long he was winning acclaim as a children's book illustrator as well as teaching illustration at Brighton College of Art. Raymond was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1966 for his fourth picture book, The Mother Goose Treasury, and again in 1973 for Father Christmas. Published in 1978, The Snowman is perhaps Raymond's best-loved creation. He says that the book was partly inspired by its predecessor, Fungus The Bogeyman - "For two years I worked on Fungus, buried amongst muck, slime and words, so... I wanted to do something which was clean, pleasant, fresh and wordless and quick."Born: Wimbledon Park, January 18th 1934*Jobs: Artist, WriterLives: SussexFirst Book for Children: The Strange House, 1961*Raymond shares his birthday with A A Milne and Arthur Ransome
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Top Customer Reviews
It is a great Story, and it makes you wonder just how much of it could, or is, going on right now it our government. Is it possible that what happen to these children , I don't know. I know that the book is a good one and worth reading, or listening to.
I wish this book was the unabridged version. Four hours are left out and to me that takes away from the book that I have read.
Still worth the read, even if you don't buy the sequels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a way out story.