The Emperor of Absurdia

Chris Riddell

2006 Winner

Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Silver Award

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Macmillan Children's Books


A gloriously rich and beautiful picture book from Chris Riddell, the award-winning creator of Once Upon a Wild Wood.

Welcome to Absurdia: a strange and wonderful land where nothing is quite what it seems. Trees are birds, umbrellas are trees, and the sky is thick with snoring fish. Join one small boy as he tumbles out of bed into a crazy dreamland of wardrobe monsters, dragons and amazing adventures!

The Emperor of Absurdia is a brilliantly imaginative and original story from the bestselling picture book creator, Chris Riddell. With a story to enchant even the youngest reader and wonderfully rich and detailed illustrations, it will delight parents and children alike.

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Chris Riddell at his finest.

Publishing News

will haunt the dreamscapes of wide-eyed boys of all ages.


A tour de force of the strange and wonderful.


will sustain many revisits.

The Times