The Man Hardcover – 13 Aug 1992
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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Raymond Briggs is one of our most respected and beloved artists. Born in Wimbledon in 1934, he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and went on to produce a treasure trove of work. He has created characters that are now icons for generations of children, including Fungus the Bogeyman, Father Christmas and, of course, the beloved Snowman. He has won many awards over his career including the Kurt Maschler Award, The Children's Book of the Year and the prestigious Kate Greenaway Award for his Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme collection. Raymond lives in Sussex
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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 !!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In good condition, bought it for my son as he remembers reading it as a child, going to put into his memory box i'm sorting out for himPublished 6 months ago by Reluctant Exerciser
I love all of Raymond Briggs' books but this has always been my favourite (Fungus the Bogeyman is a close second). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
It,s a little rough around the edges but that was indicated when purchasedPublished 13 months ago by james kiven smith
we all love this, just wish you could get it on talking books CDPublished 17 months ago by meg russell