Did you know that Chris Riddell is a genius?

If you are like me, you may not even have heard of Chris Riddell, whose name I just learned last week. He is a cartoonist whose recent work includes illustrations to Neil Gaiman’s excellent short story The Sleeper and the Spindle.

But that’s not what I want to show you today. Today, I just want to make you smile, with these illustrations by Chris Riddell to Unwritten books.

Can you recognize all the books they are meant to parody?


How many copies do you think the Harry Potter series has sold, total? How many copies of The DaVinci Code do you think have been sold? 

I took a look at the world’s best-selling books and book series of all time, according to Wikipedia’s list, which they admit is “an incomplete list that may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness.” To be fair, I’m pretty sure that no list of best-selling books can be complete, ever.

Before we get going… which do you think is the best-selling book of all time? (The Bible and The Koran don’t count since, well, we’ll never know). I think the answer will surprise you. It certainly surprised me.

Here they are, the best-selling books of all time, according to Wikipedia. (Numbers are in millions of copies sold)