English author Raymond Briggs, the writer of “Snowman“, passed away on Tuesday morning aged 88, his publisher Penguin Random House announced on Wednesday.
Francesca Dow, managing director of Penguin Random House children’s books, said: “Raymond was unique. He has inspired generations of creators of picture books, graphic novels, and animations. He leaves an extraordinary legacy, and a big hole.”
It’s with great sadness that we share the passing of Raymond Briggs. Raymond’s best known work is The Snowman, a pioneering picture book, a radical and beautiful innovation: a picture book without words. pic.twitter.com/HbCPUBrs29
— The Snowman (@TheSnowmanHQ) August 10, 2022
The author and illustrator delighted children and inspired adults with bestselling cartoons and picture books, from the enchanting magic of “The Snowman” to a devastating apocalypse in “When the Wind Blows”.
Over his career spanning six decades, Briggs created a group of much-loved characters including his angst-ridden Fungus the Bogeyman and his curmudgeonly version of Father Christmas.