The British illustrator and author Raymond Briggs is dead. The publisher Penguin Random House, citing Briggs’ family, said he died on Tuesday morning at the age of 88.
The Brit is best known for his illustration of a snowman in the children’s book of the same name, which was published in 1978 and has sold 5.5 million copies worldwide.
“We know that Raymond’s books have been loved by millions of people around the world who will be saddened to hear this news,” the family said in a statement. Briggs hung drawings of fans, especially children, on his wall and really appreciated them. “He has shared his humor and weirdness with his family and circle of artist friends – at get-togethers, dress-up parties and summer picnics in the garden.”
In the 1980s, in addition to children’s books, Briggs’ work “When the wind blows” about the fate of an old married couple before and after a nuclear catastrophe caused a great stir. The comic drawn by Briggs, which bears the German title “Radiant Times” and is currently only available as an antiquarian book, has been successfully adapted as an animated film.
Briggs also published the British Book Award-winning comic “Ethel & Ernest” in German. In it, Briggs tells the life story of his parents from when they met in 1928 to their death in 1971.
“Raymond’s books are visual masterpieces that raise some of the most fundamental questions of what it means to be human, appealing to adults and children alike with illustrations and a remarkable economy of words,” said Francesca Dow, editor at Penguin Random House for Children’s Books is responsible, in a statement. Briggs will leave a big gap. (dpa/lvt)