The Man

Publisher: Random House

The Man is a dialogue between a boy, John, and a tiny naked man who appears in John's room in the middle of the night, demanding clothes.

Despite the man's cantankerous demands, a bond forms between the two as John hides him from his parents.

The Man won the Kurt Maschler 'Emil' Award in 1992 and it is well deserved: the book is visually spectacular. Images such as the Man wearing a digital watch as a belt are testament to Briggs' extraordinary imagination. There is no narration, but it is a complete contrast to the wordless The Snowman.

Speech bubbles occasionally cut across the main dialogue from the cartoon-style drawings. The book is dialogue-heavy, but the two voices are distinct and expressive, and perfectly capture an enchanting friendship.

What The Man lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in message: kindness, acceptance of strangers, intolerance of prejudice. You'll never look at everyday household objects in quite the same way again…

More books like this

Fungus the Bogeyman

Author: Raymond Briggs

This sophisticated cartoon-strip picture book for older children follows one day in the life of Fungus, a morose bogeyman who scares humans - but starts wondering what it's really all for? This is Briggs at his subversive and entertaining finest.

Read more about Fungus the Bogeyman

The Snowman

Author: Raymond Briggs

James builds a snowman in the garden, then wakes up in the night to find that it has come to life.

Read more about The Snowman

Share this book with your friends

Use our Bookfinder to discover the perfect children's books for every age...