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Richard Platt (born 15 April 1953) is a British writer of nonfiction and information books and multimedia works, primarily for children.

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Platt was born in Northumberland, England. He started writing when aged 27 with how-to articles and books about photography. By 1992 he had begun writing non-fiction books for children, initially collaborating with Stephen Biesty in a successful series that capitalized on the illustrator's facility for cross-sectional drawings. Since then, Richard Platt has gone on to complete some 100 books for UK publishers Oxford University Press, Kingfisher, Dorling Kindersley and Walker Books (Candlewick Press in the U.S.). Most have been for children and young people, though he also writes books for adults on maritime themes, especially smuggling. [1]

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Stephen Biesty is a British illustrator. He was born in Coventry and grew up in Leicestershire. In 1979 he joined Loughborough College of Art and Design where he did an arts foundation course. In 1980 he moved to Brighton Polytechnic to gain a BA Hons in Graphic Design specialising in illustration, focusing on historical and architectural drawings. After graduating from Brighton with a first class degree, Biesty went on to gain an MA in Graphic Design at the City of Birmingham Polytechnic, working further in historical reconstruction.

Oxford University Press (OUP) is the largest university press in the world, and the second oldest after Cambridge University Press. It is a department of the University of Oxford and is governed by a group of 15 academics appointed by the vice-chancellor known as the delegates of the press. They are headed by the secretary to the delegates, who serves as OUP's chief executive and as its major representative on other university bodies. Oxford University has used a similar system to oversee OUP since the 17th century. The Press is located on Walton Street, opposite Somerville College, in the suburb Jericho.

Diary series

One of Platt's famous books is Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter , illustrated by Chris Riddell (Walker, 2001), a 64-page first-person journal. He won the annual Blue Peter Book Award in category Best Book with Facts [2] and Riddell won the annual Kate Greenaway Medal for children's book illustration, the first "information book" to win since 1975. [3] [4] Platt, Riddell, and Walker had inaugurated the Diary series in 1999 with Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess, Page, which Platt calls it "my first attempt at fiction". [5] Riddell's work was highly commended for the Greenaway Medal and it was a commercial success. Walker markets the 2011 matching set as "nonfiction". [6]

Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter is an account of the pirate life cast as the journal of a young cabin boy, written by Richard Platt and illustrated by Chris Riddell. It was published by Walker in 2001, two years after Castle Diary, also by Platt and Riddell. Platt continued the "Diary" series with illustrator David Parkins.

Chris Riddell British illustrator and cartoonist

Chris Riddell, is a British illustrator and occasional writer of children's books and a political cartoonist for the Observer. He has won three Kate Greenaway Medals, the British librarians' annual award for the best-illustrated children's book, and two of his works were commended runners-up, a distinction dropped after 2002. Books that he wrote or illustrated have won three Nestlé Smarties Book Prizes and have been silver or bronze runners-up four times. On 9 June 2015 he was appointed the UK Children's Laureate.

The Blue Peter Book Awards are a set of literary awards for children's books conferred by the BBC television programme Blue Peter. They were inaugurated in 2000 for books published in 1999. The Awards have been managed by reading charity, Booktrust, since 2006. As of 2013, there are two award categories: Best Story and Best Book with Facts.

Pirate Diary is the story of an apprentice sailor impressed by pirates to serve as cabin boy. He sees the good, the bad and the ugly, which educates the reader on historical issues of piracy. That is consistent with most of Platt's books, except for the first-person fictionalisation.

Impressment Forced naval service with or without notice

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Platt continued the series of 64-page first-person journals with Walker and illustrator David Parkins. After Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht (2005) and Roman Diary: The Journal of Iliona of Mytilini, who was captured and sold as a slave in Rome, AD 107 (2009), he calls Roman Diary the "fourth and final book in the Diary series". [5]

David Alan Parkins is a British cartoonist and illustrator who has worked for D.C. Thomson, publisher of The Beano and The Dandy. Now based in Canada, he illustrates children's picture books.

Each Diary was published in a U.S. hardcover edition by Candlewick Press within the calendar year. [7]

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  1. "Richard Platt". Gale Biographies of Children's Authors. [Confirmed 2012-07-08]. Reprinted from Something About the Author, Volume 166 (Gale Cengage, 2007) pages 177-181 (2006) ISBN   978-0-7876-8801-1.
  2. BBC Press Office press release 16 December 2003 "Mortal Engines announced as Blue Peter Book of the Year 2003 "
  3. (Greenaway Winner 2005). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  4. Press Desk (directory). CILIP. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
    Quote: "media releases relating to the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards in date order." 2002 to 2006 releases concern 2001 to 2005 awards.
  5. 1 2 Richard Platt (website by Richard Platt). Retrieved 2012-07-15.
    For Platt's blurb about a particular book, select "My Work", a subsection (Castles, The Sea, or History for the Diary series), and a cover image.
  6. "Pirate Diary". Walker Books. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  7. "Platt, Richard". Library of Congress Authorities. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
    Select "LC Online Catalog", then the primary listing.