A groundbreaking publication
depicting the birth and development of a beautiful
but fragile friendship bewteen a young boy, James, and the Snowman he
in his back garden...
There is no dialogue in this story. Briggs lets the panels tell the tale.
It ends with
quite possibly the most forlorn panel in illustrative history...
James and, indeed, The Snowman himself reappeared in an anthology work
called All In A Day published
in 1986. Later on, in 1991, they featured in TVC's
celebrated animated adaptation, as well as the follow-up Father
The setting for 'The Snowman' is RB's own house and garden in Sussex.
In the book,
the Snowman takes James on a night time flight over the South Downs
and on, over
the top of Brighton's Royal Pavilion to Brighton Pier. This
is altered in the animated
film, where we see James being flown north, to a magical rendezvous
with Santa Claus.
The success of the book and subsequent film has spawned a plethora of
adaptations, including clothbook versions, book and soft toy gift sets
etc. RB has not
illustrated every version. Maggie Downer was used for a 1999 Random House
Random's site also features a
brief Briggs biography...
The licensing rights are held by 'Snowman
Enterprises Ltd', whose wintry website
features plenty of 'Snowman' info, including details of the
stage show, games, and
an online store stocking a range of snowy products:
See also: Filmography
- The Snowman
- Father Christmas
- All In A Day
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