<p> Chris Riddell was born on April 13, 1962. He is a British illustrator and occasional writer of children's books and a political cartoonist for The Observer. He has won two Kate Greenaway Medals, the British librarians' annual award for the best-illustrated children's book, and two of his works were commended runners-up. Books that he wrote or illustrated have won three Nestlé Smarties Book Prizes and have been silver or bronze runners-up four times. He was shortlisted for the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal for his title Goth Girl: And the Ghost of a Mouse. He was named the ninth Waterstones Children's Laureate in 2015. Riddell was presented with a Children¿s Laureate medal and a £15,000 (A$30,014) bursary cheque at a ceremony in London, where he announced plans to promote visual literacy during his two-year term. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)