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The Man (Red Fox Picture Books) [Paperback]

Raymond Briggs
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Book Description

1 Sep 1994 Red Fox Picture Books
The man is a mystery in himself. He turns up at the boy's house from nowhere and seems intent on causing havoc for the boy. But as the old Chinese proverb says - after three days, fish and visitors begin to stink.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (1 Sep 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009910881X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099108818
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A touch of genius" (The Sunday Times)

"Bitingly runny . . . Raymond Briggs' craftsmanship, as always, is impeccable" (Book For Keeps)

"A surreal, mind-bending masterpiece" (Guardian)

"An outstanding work of the imagination . . . Raymond Briggs has done it again" (Books for Your Children)

About the Author

Raymond Briggs was born in Wimbledon Park, South London in 1934. Developing an early interest in illustration, he attended the Wimbledon School of Art at the age of fifteen. After completing a typography course at the Central School of Art, he went on to study at the Slade School of Fine Art.

A passionate proponent of the art of the strip cartoon, Briggs has created many of his best-known books in this format. His is a formidable canon of work, beginning in the late 1950s. Several of his books have been made into highly acclaimed animated films.

In addition to the Kate Greenaway Medal (for the Mother Goose Treasury and Father Christmas), Briggs has also received the Kurt Maschler Award and the Children's Book of the Year Award (for The Man), the British Book Award's Best Illustrated Book of the Year (for Ethel and Ernest) and the Smarties Silver Prize (for Ug).

He lives in Sussex.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST audio book you'll ever listen to 9 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
My children have listened to Michael Palin reading The Man many times over the years we have had this tape - so many that the tape has finally given up on us and, until now, was unavailable to order - much to our distress (needless to say, we have ordered another copy). We have never tired of the story - it is so, so funny to both adults and children alike. If you only get your children one thing this Christmas....get this tape, you can't go wrong!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Book, What a Tape! 8 April 2006
By Angel
Format:Audio Cassette
I cannot describe to you how i enjoyed listening to this when I was a child. Unfortunately the tape got destoryed simply because...I played it out. Now 18 years of age I bought the book/tape to add to my collection...too bad they don't have it on CD...*sigh* The bestest book/tape...ever!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
A young boy with a middle-class attitude, and his relationship with a working class man with bad habits (who just happens to be about 10" tall!).
This book is excellent on many fronts, not least because the text is written such that the parent can read the "Man's" part of the dialogue, and the child can read the little boy's part, creating an environment where both are engrossed in the story.
And it is written so that the part read by the adult contains humour which is mostly not understood by the child, so you find yourself laughing at different parts to your child.
A very clever concept. And beautifully illustrated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excited ! 14 July 2008
(Using my brothers account)
Around 10 years ago I recieved 'The Man' from a cousin for my birthday or Christmas. I fell asleep to the cassette for years and years, eventually and unfortunately it started skipping and making funny noises.

'The Man' became a definate favourite for my whole family who had to lie in bed falling asleep to it as well as I didnt have a personal tape player.
For anyone who is thinking about buying the book or cassette, DO IT !!! Its a fabulous story for both children and adults. The whole family will adore Man and the relationship between him and Boy.
After all these years I have found the tape and will love to listen to the story again and bring back the memories of sooo many nights falling asleep to it !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars frank coopers oxford marmalade! 9 Nov 2006
Format:Audio Cassette
Im just ordering a new copy of this,it is hysterical...the child I originally bought it for is now nearly 18,she memorised it completely at the age of five and quite often quoted it in public places,much to the amusement of her grandparents. It was quite hard to explain the reference to Hilter and the meaning of 'facist' to a five year old child and some of the other references were pretty interesting too,but thats what a good childrens book is all about,amusing the adult and the child all at once!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up! 27 Mar 2014
This is an odd story, more grown up and cryptic than many of Briggs’ other works. It concerns a boy who is wakes up to find a tiny little man has decided to come and stay. As the Man is naked and helpless the boy must take care of him. As time goes on the Man becomes increasingly more demanding before departing unexpectedly. But not before leaving some wisdom in his wake.
It isn’t clear what the Man is representing but he is certainly more than just a diminutive visitor. The story is charming on one level as you see a humorous, Odd Couple, relationship develop. But on the other hand the kind of questions the man asks and issues he raises are serious. Is he a metaphor for children, elderly parents, immigration, pets, the infirm or addled? There is no clear answer and whilst this leaves you thinking the lack of resolution can be troubling.
The art is great as you would expect from a Briggs book. There is a lot of dialogue in this work and to stop the long page count getting out of control most of it is presented as a script alongside the pictures. This works just fine and you never get the feeling the two elements are out of balance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raymond Briggs collection 3 Mar 2014
By marjieb
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Mr kids have been into Raymond Briggs for more than 40 years and are still reading and collecting him. Now the grandkids are joining the parents
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