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'Snowman' author Raymond Briggs dies at 88

Beloved British cartoonist and author Raymond Briggs has died at the age of 88, according to publisher Penguin Random House.

This graphic His novelist is best known for his charming children's book The Snowman, published in 1978. It depicts a boy who built a snowman, finds it melted in the morning, and brings it to life.

The hugely popular book has become a widely viewed animation. In a 2015 interview with The Guardian, the novelist considered the anime "stale". A big hit on the Christmas programming circuit.

Briggs, whose other notable works include the comic books "Fungus the Bogeyman" and "Father Christmas," are loved by readers young and old alike. Can be somewhat cynical about. However, his writing agent, Hilary Delamere, shrugged off that reputation.

Artist and writer Raymond Briggs with some of his prize winning illustrations from the children'
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"Raymond liked to play professional villains, We remember him, his story of love and loss," Delamere told The Guardian.

"From the many letters he received, I know how his books and animations touched people's hearts. He kept his curiosity and sense of wonder to the end." 28}

The British cartoonist was born outside London before attending art school at Wimbledon College of Art. There he received backlash from teachers who questioned his desire to become a cartoonist rather than pursue serious art. form.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Raymond Briggs attends the 'Ethel & Ernest' screening during the 60th BFI London Film Festival at The Curzon Mayfair on October 15, 2016 in London, England.
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Christmas, Briggs' work also touched on more serious topics, such as the 1982 story Where the Wind Blows, a comic book exploring the effects of nuclear war.

Acclaimed authors often challenged their reputation as children's writers by refusing to be bound by one genre.

A snowman hands an ice cream to Raymond Briggs in a deckchair designed by the author in Hyde Park, London.
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"There are some books that are clearly aimed at small children. '' Briggstold The Guardian in his 1999. After a child can read fluently, at age eight or he's around nine, the whole idea of ​​classifying them seems a little silly.

His death was confirmed by his family, who said he was "extremely lonely."