I Want to Do it by Myself! by Tony Ross

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Best-selling Tony Ross’s Little Princess has long delighted readers with her ferocious independence. Now she is off on a camping trip and she is determined that no-one will help her. Readers will love the jokes in the pictures which show just how much the Little Princess is getting – although she is completely unaware of it! Tony Ross’s illustrations capture the humour perfectly.


I Want to Do it by Myself! by Tony Ross

The Little Princess is going camping. Everyone offers to help her, but she won't hear of it. 'I want to do it by myself!' she insists. And so, she sets off all by herself to find a beautiful place to camp. When she arrives, she realizes there are a few things she has forgotten. Perhaps she could have done with a little help, after all. But fortunately for the Little Princess, the forgotten items mysteriously appear when her back is turned, as if by magic...


Delightful characters and very funny illustrations. Guaranteed to become a firm favourite. Parents in Touch A witty and warm adventure with all the best of Ross's vivid illustrations and gentle humour. A welcome addition to the Little Princess library. Daily Mail A lovely read which invites sharing over and over again. (There are) many talking points and details to be picked out by the illustrations. Early Years Educator Our favourite Royal toddler. Cork Evening Echo Independence

illustrations and clever text that he not only gets away with it but triumphs

About the Author

Tony Ross

Born in 1938 in Wandsworth, South London, Tony Ross never though about a career in art, but says he fell into it after his dream of being a cowboy disintegrated when a letter he wrote to John Wayne was never replied to.

After Liverpool College of Art, Tony became an art director at an Advertising Agency but after a particularly bad day in the office he gave up his job to go into teaching at Manchester Polytechnic.

His first book was published in 1976 and as well as his own, he has illustrated over 1000 books for authors such as Roald Dahl, David Walliams, Paula Danziger and Michael Palin, which are published all over the world. His series of books written with Jeanne Willis featuring the extra terrestrial teacher, Dr Xargle, has established a huge following of fans. As has his fantastic and fun illustrations in the Horrid Henry series. A TV adaptation of his much-loved Little Princess series is currently showing on Channel 5’s Milkshake.

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

5th May 2011




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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