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Tony Ross - Author

About the Author

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.

Featured books by Tony Ross

I Want to Do it by Myself!

I Want to Do it by Myself!

Baby and Toddler 3+ readers

Author: Tony Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2011

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.

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Other books by Tony Ross

I Want My Dummy!

I Want My Dummy!

Author: Tony Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/11/2004

'Where is my dummy? I WANT MY DUMMY!' shrieks the Little Princess when the royal dummy mysteriously disappears, yet again. Wherever the King, Queen and courtiers may hide the dreaded thing, she always finds it, albeit in the strangest of places . . . Will she ever give it up? There are now 10 Little Princess stories, and she reigns supreme all over the world, as one of the most popular picture book characters. Four of these stories have had highly successful incarnations as board books: I Want My Potty, I Want My Dinner, I Want to Be and I Want a Sister.

Oscar Got the Blame

Oscar Got the Blame

Author: Tony Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2004

It was Oscar's friend Billy who brought mud into the house, dressed the dog in Dad's clothes and put frogs in Granny's slippers - so why did Oscar get the blame? No one ever seemed to be able to see Billy - except Oscar, of course!

Centipede's 100 Shoes

Centipede's 100 Shoes

Author: Tony Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2003

When a centipede trips over, and hurts his foot, the only thing for him to do is obtain a set of shoes for all of his feet . . . That is a lot of shoes! Now it could take him longer to get dressed than to do anything else. So, after a rethink, he shares his shoes amongst various neighbours: beetles, spiders, earwigs and other creatures. Count up the number of feet, and find out whether he manages to get rid of all his shoes! (Do you think he started with 100 in the beginning?)

Little Princess Board Book - Bedtime

Little Princess Board Book - Bedtime

Author: Tony Ross Format: Board book Release Date: 18/08/1994

Tony Ross has chosen vivid pastels to illustrate the new adventures of the Little Princess in these four board books for very young children. The simple stories and vibrant, glowing colours will delight toddlers. In SHAPES the Princess looks at different shapes and wonders what to make with them - a friend, of course. In PETS she has to decide which animal she would like a as pet, and in WEATHER she dicovers that windy weather is most fun. In BEDTIME, the Little Princess is typically mischievous as she gets ready for bed.

Little Princess Board Book - Shapes

Little Princess Board Book - Shapes

Author: Tony Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/1994

Tony Ross has chosen vivid pastels to illustrate the new adventures of the Little Princess in these four board books for very young children. The simple stories and vibrant, glowing colours will delight toddlers. In SHAPES, the Little Princess looks at different shapes and wonders what to make with them - a friend, of course.

Little Princess Board Book - Pets

Little Princess Board Book - Pets

Author: Tony Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/1994

Tony Ross has chosen vivid pastels to illusrate the new adventures of the Little Princess in these four board books for very young children. The simple stories and vibrant, glowing colours will delight toddlers. In SHAPES the Princess looks at different shapes and wonders what to make with them - a friend, of course. In PETS she has to decide which animal she would like as a pet, and in WEATHER she discovers that windy wather is most fun. In BEDTIME, the Little Princess is typically mischievous as she gets ready for bed.

A Fairy Tale

A Fairy Tale

Author: Tony Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/05/1993

Bessie doesn't believe in fairies, but even she begins to wonder when she meets strange old Mrs Leaf. This story, in a nostalgic pre-war setting, tells of their enduring friendship which suggests that fairies do exist. Tony Ross's other books include Don't Do That and I Want a Cat.

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