Mr Underbed author accuses John Lewis Christmas ad of plagiarism

Chris Riddell points out similarities between Moz the monster and a character from his 1986 picturebook

A renowned writer and illustrator of children’s books has suggested John Lewis may have plagiarised one of his stories for its latest Christmas advert, which was launched to great fanfare last week.

Chris Riddell, who until recently was the children’s laureate, posted his own version of the advert on social media, comparing it to scenes in his similarly themed book Mr Underbed. He posted: “John Lewis help themselves to my picture book.”

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