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Ros Asquith contributes a regular cartoon feature to The Guardian and achieved fame world wide for her Teenage Worrier books (realistic and funny explorations of teen problems and how to solve them) and the Trixie Tempest books aimed at the "tween" market of readers between the ages of nine and twelve. Her book Letters from an Alien Schoolboy was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize and The Great Big Book of Families, with Mary Hoffman, won the School Libraries Association Prize.
An honours graduate of Camberwell Art School, Asquith worked in graphic design and mural painting before moving into cartooning in the 1980s. She has also served as a theatre critic for several English periodicals. Since 1990 she has been well established as a cartoonist, author, and illustrator.
When I hear the word word My brain goes blurred My mind feels furred. Word is a strange word isn’t it? It has too many meanings, doesn’t it? After all, everything’s a word. How absurd. Ros Asquith is a Guardian Cartoonist and already a hugely successful author for children and young people, creator of the Alien Schoolboy and Teenage Worrier books amongst others, but this is her first collection of poetry and it is really very good indeed. There’s a huge variety of form and subject in the collection, poems to make you laugh, insightful comments on the world and people around us, poems to make you stop short and think. Ros Asquith’s own witty illustrations make it particularly accessible but this is a sophisticated collection. ~ Andrea Reece
Interest Age 5-8 When is a fib not a fib, asks Ros Asquith in this wise and funny little story for Barrington Stoke’s Little Gems series. Robbie is six, and still learning how the world of grown-ups works. He loves his Uncle Poached Egg and believes all his stories of mermaids and pirates. Told that his uncle is a fibber, he decides to follow in his footsteps: he tells his mum he’s going to a friends for tea after school but instead goes to play by the burn. When his mum realises he’s missing, panic breaks out. All ends well though Robbie has a soaking in the burn. Robbie’s eye-view of the world is beautifully expressed though Ros Asquith’s words and Mairi Hedderwick’s lovely colour illustrations. One of Barrington Stoke’s Little Gems series the book is accessible to all children, including those with dyslexia. About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities. Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page. They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.
Interest Age 5-8 A charming birthday story about one boy and his Granny's awful knitting, with artwork by Katie Morag creator Mairi Hedderwick. Robbie is excited about his upcoming birthday and what he might get as presents...a tractor perhaps or one of Granny's kittens? But when he is given some absolutely frightful knitted trousers instead, he cannot believe it. Join Robbie to find out how he gets over this acutely embarrassing situation. About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities. Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page. They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.
November 2012 Book of the Month & Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, this hilarious series goes from strength to strength. In this forth title, The Aliens exploration of earthlings’ speech reveals the foibles of the English language - capturing the ridiculous things that are said...and revealing what they really mean. The jokes – verbal and visual – are sharply observed and wickedly funny. Click here to find out more about the Alien Schoolboy books.
Third in the series. The first book, Letters from an Alien Schoolboy, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011. It was described by Michael Rosen as “Inventive, clever, warm … a short course in learning how to laugh.” The Alien Schoolboy titles entertain on lots of different levels so parents will find themselves enjoying reading them with their kids. Buried with the sheer daft exhuberance of the plots are astute observations on human life in all its irrationality. There are also sharp one-liners, and some favourite old jokes too. Click here for the Alien Schoolboy website, which contains lots of fun activities for kids !
This new adventure of the Alien Schoolboy is packed full of excellent jokes that will delight fans of the original title. Flowkwee is on a mission back to the freezing, grumpy, spaceblob called earth – often referred to as the armpit of the universe. He already knows how hopeless the miserable duffers of earth blobs are but he’s back again disguised as Nigel Custard Bogey and a lot of ridiculous names besides. Earth, seen through Flowkwee’s eyes, looks as ridiculous as it is hilarious giving pause for thought at some of the things we take for granted. The second book in a hilarious new series for young readers. Click here to see the first which was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011 and described as “a child’s version of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. Piccadilly Press MD Brenda Gardner says, “We are delighted that Ros is on the shortlist for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. She is one of funniest writers of today, and no-one is better at pinpointing the absurd in everyday life!” This is the first in a terrific new series for 7+ year olds – both boys and girls. Packed with some hilarious illustrations and the story itself is a real page-turner. It features an alien who comes to spy on earth and in order to meld in disguises himself as a schoolboy. He thinks earthlings are very strange and having to wear clothes is almost the most strange thing of all. The story is told through a series of letters to his best friend and the story is full of humour and pace which is sure to appeal to even the most reluctant of readers.
This no-worries guide to cooking is both chatty and informative in style and will be loved by teens. There are helpful survival recipes alongside recipes that are just plain fun interspersed by some great cartoon-style imagery. With over 120 recipes there’s plenty to get your teeth into.
Ros Asquith’s deceptively simple text shows us the world through the eyes of a young boy on his various adventures.One moment he’s a ‘water boy’ at the seaside, the next he’s a ‘farm boy’ playing with the animals.Ian Andrew’s beautiful illustrations perfectly capture the moments of play and exploration we share with the child in this evocative tale of long summer days and adventure.
In a handy A to Z format, this is a brilliant girls’ guide to almost everything. You just have to think of the first letter of their problem and look up for Trixie's marvellous advice! With fun and quirky illustrations throughout and laughs on every page, Trixie's top tips are guaranteed to entertain.
Enjoy babies of all kinds in this bouncy rhyming introduction to big babies, small babies, happy babies, cross babies – babies of all kinds and with a lovely surprise ending. Ros Asquith’s softly illustrated babies are most endearing. If you’re looking for other great books for this age range then go to our Babies and Toddlers category.
In The Boggart, Joe is trying to save the Saddest Man in the world, but he needs your help to follow the clues. Get lost inside this curious story but watch out for the gummy goblins, the Cavern of Doom, the Fiery Furnace and especially the sneaky Boggart. Chucklers is a series of funny novels, short stories, anthologies and comics that make reading a pleasure for 7-11 year olds. There is something for everyone in this varied collection which is packed with fantastic illustrations. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The series is written by top children's authors and edited by award-winning author Jeremy Strong. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.
Collins Arabic Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 3 to 11. The series is structured with reference to the learning progression of Arabic at nursery and primary schools researched especially for Collins. This carefully graded approach allows children to build up their reading knowledge of Arabic step by step. Level 12 books feature greater use of literary language and more unusual and challenging vocabulary. Play scripts also feature from Level 12. Non-fiction titles contain longer, more formal sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. Sentences become longer with greater use of conjunctions and relative clauses. Grammatical vowel endings are more evident to encourage fluent reading and to provide familiarity with some higher-level features of written Arabic. Renowned author and artist Ros Asquith has written and illustrated this gently humorous story of Firaas the Hippo who longs to play the cello. Children can follow his trek through the wild, wet jungle as he searches for a teacher who won't roar, snort, growl or hiss at him! The beautifully detailed illustrations of jungle and animals offer lots of discussion points, and there is a two page final spread showing numbered vignettes from the story to help recap and retell.
Aunty Cake is very kind and very good at baking, but she's not very good at remembering things. Her forgetfulness is always getting her into trouble ... but other people remember her kindness and help her out. This charming story ends happily at a party with plenty of cake! Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks is an emotionally-engaging fiction series that will fire children's imaginations. These 36 original stories will get children thinking, and develop and deepen their comprehension skills. The variety of authors and illustration styles broadens children's reading experience, with something to appeal to every child. All the books in the series are carefully levelled, so it's easy to match every child to the right book for them. They also contain inside cover notes, to enable parents and teachers to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.
A charming story set on a Scottish island about one boy and a fib that gets out of control...Robbie's been spending lots of time with Uncle Poached Egg who has the bad habit of exaggerating a lot of his stories. When Robbie gets caught up in a fib of his own, it's bound to spell trouble! Light-hearted tale about the dangers of telling fibs with full colour illustrations from Katie Morag creator, Mairi Hedderwick. High quality cream paper and a special easy-to-read font ensure a smooth read for all.
Worry no more! Letty Chubb's guide to life has all the answers. It's all here, whether you're worried about exams or religion, cellulite or celibacy, spots or sex. Hilariously funny as well as insightful and informative, this is a must-read for all teenage worriers. The third book in the Teenage Worrier series.
Worry no more! Letty Chubb's guide to the passion and pain of lurve will help all teenage worriers find happiness. Deliciously funny as well as tackling serious issues, this is the ultimate handbook for affairs of the heart. From romance to pregnancy and quarrels to valentines, there's nothing more you'll need to know. Follow Letty's own tumultuous love life along the way. Will she succeed in her quest to win the heart of the elusive Daniel Hope? The brilliantly funny sequel to I Was a Teenage Worrier.
This is the diary of a 15-year-old girl experiencing first love, first sexual experience - and then an accidental pregnancy. Characteristically, Ros Asquith tells the story with a mix of seriousness and frivolity. And it's not just about the pregnancy. This is the story of Amy (who longs to be a rock star); her best friends Lottie, Mad Alice and Debbie (also known as the band, Black Hole); her crazy home life with her dad (who's having an affair with the actress over the road), mum and a pair of chaotic little twin sisters; her school (also known as KFC or Broadmoor); her trip to the Glastonbury Festival - and - and - in other words, all the normal stuff of being a teenager. The UK has one of the highest incidences of teen pregnancy in the world. It's a non-stop media story. As with all Ros Asquith's previous books, she's researched the subject carefully and visited teenage mum groups. There will be a list of advice lines and websites at the back of the book.
Fights, blights, spites! Dad wearing tights? Worry no more! I, moi, me, Letty Chubb, aged 15, Werld famous author of Worry-Free bukes for True Teenage Worriers, am on Your Side! Within this Tumble Home I mean, Humble Tome, is everything you need to know about...Families (arg, worry, yeech) from Aunts to Zoos.
Filled with glume? Like Lead balune? Worry no more! I, moi, Letty Chubb, aged 15, werld famous author of Worry-Free bukes for true teenage worriers, am on your side! Here, in this handy, V. Cheap thingy, is all you ever need to know about mind and body, from Acne to Zombie...
Failing? Ailing? Always wailing? Worry no more! I, moi, me, Letty Chubb, aged 15, werld famous author of Worry-Free bukes of True Teenage Worriers, am on your side! Here, within this V. nice cheap, pocket-sized guide is Lots of v. interesting stuff about, er...success ...from Acting to Zest...
Letty Chubb's inimitable look at everything every Teenage Worrier needs to know to Thrive and Survive in these four A-Z guides: from Blind Dates and Lust to Love Bites and Tongues; Breakfast, Brothers and Nannies; Acne, Contraception and Swimming with Dolphins; Creativity, Girl Power and Teachers; and much, more more. All copiously illustrated with black-and-white cartoons on virtually every single spread.
Keith, King of Threggs, spinach-finder general and Lord of the Loonyverse, is ready to attack Earth with some very nasty baddies and an evil Thing called Mandy. Can Flowkwee, in his schoolboy disguise, save Earth for a third time? If you don't care, throw this book away. And never learn the significance of the Galactic Poodle. The final book in a hilarious series for young readers, illustrated throughout with wacky pictures by the author herself!
A side-splitting look at school life, from an alien point of view. Earth is such a weird place that Flowkwee, an alien who is visiting Earth disguised as a schoolboy, has put together a guide to help all his friends back on planet Faa get to grippers with baffling human ways. Arranged in A - Z Y order, he explains cute clever little Ants so unappreciated by humans, Clothes (including the very disappointing clothe called a 'jumper' that stays still and never jumps), Sweeties with their lovely crunchy wrappers . . . and much more.
Will Flowkwee prove that four heads are better than one - and save Earth? Will all the miserable whining Earthlings and the fluffy clouds and chocolate and cheerful worms and cardboard be destroyed? If you are the kind of lazy good-for-nothing duffer of an Earthling who just browses on to another webpage then you'll never ever ever ever ever know. The second in a hilarious series for young readers, illustrated throughout with wacky pictures by the author herself!
Earthlings. You can't help being fiendishly ugly and hideously stupid. But hooray and yippee - four-headed Flowkwee and his family have come to Earth to Improve you. If you don't read this book, you will never find out how they're going to Improve humans. Or why the Earth could be turned into a giant spinach farm. Or how Flowkwee gets on in his schoolboy disguise. Or the importance of ice cream and cola bottles and cute little flies. You will only have yourselves to blame. The first in a hilarious series for young readers, illustrated throughout with wacky pictures by the author herself!
Asquith's deceptively simple text shows us the world through the eyes of a young boy on his various adventures. One moment he's a 'water boy' at the seaside, the next he's a 'farm boy' playing with the animals. The book is aimed at children aged three and over.
Trixie's hilarious diary, written by acclaimed children's writer, Ros Asquith, tells of her plans to be a world famous trumpet player, horse rider and first child president of the world. She is also determined to teach animals to read! But when her beloved puppy is sick, everything changes. Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. Text type: A humorous recount. A hilarious diary for her pet dog on pages 54-55 allow children to further explore the diary format, while reviewing the book from another perspective. Curriculum links: Citizenship: Animals and us. Developing our school grounds. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.
When Cordelia finds out that her friend's dad is in prison, she starts a campaign to free him and find the real culprit. She's certain that an appalling miscarriage of justice has taken place and it's up to her to put it right. Cordelia is so preoccupied that she barely has time to think about her next book - a problem for someone who intends to be a successful novelist. But as her aunt, bestselling author Laura Hunt says in her Writer's Tips, Authors should write about what they know, and draw on all their experiences . Now, Cordelia is being a detective, she decides to write a literary whodunit!
Ros Asquith, cartoonist and author of many children's books such as Trixie Tempest and Pass the Parcel), gives a masterclass on illustrating your own cartoons - with help from Trixie Tempest and others. This is an instructional book in the same style as Ros Asquith's turquoise level Collins Big Cat title, How to Make Storybooks. Ros Asquith, cartoonist and author of many children's books such as Trixie Tempest and Pass the Parcel), gives a masterclass on illustrating your own cartoons - with help from Trixie Tempest and others. This is an instructional book in the same style as Ros Asquith's turquoise level Collins Big Cat title, How to Make Storybooks. Pages 14-15 provide a summary of the instructions, to consolidate understanding of the book, and as a useful reference for children drawing their own cartoons. Purple/Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language with some challenging vocabulary. Ideas for Guided Reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.
Letty Chubb is 15 and a mine of information about all things teenage. Her hilariously perceptive guide covers everything and anything teenage worriers need to know - spots, diets, parents, lurve, clothes, contraception and lots more...As well as being the ultimate teenage handbook, I Was a Teenage Worrier follows the ups and downs of Letty's romance with the elusive Daniel Hope and the chaos of life in the quirky Chubb family. You won't be able to put it down!
Ros Asquith, cartoonist and author of many children books, gives a masterclass on writing and illustrating your own storybook . This is an instructional book with a difference, which takes young readers step by step through the writing process from first ideas to editing to illustrating and finally compiling their very own picture book. * Turquoise/ Band 7 books offer literay language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type - An instruction text. * A flow chart on pages 22 and 23 shows the eight stages described in the book, from ideas to enjoying your story with other readers. * Curriculum links - DT: Making a storybook; ICT: Writing stories; communicating information using text. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.
Hector the Hippo wants to play the cello more than anything else in the world. But who in the jungle will teach him? Most of the other animals laugh at the idea. Finally Hector meets a musician who can help him, a lyrebird. He practices everyday until he has a chance to play at a grand concert in front of all the other animals. * Purple/ Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. * Text type - A story by a significant author. * A storyboard on pages 22 and 23 summarises the story in eight illustrations providing an opportunity to recap the key events. * Curriculum links - Music: Exploring sounds, Classroom instruments, Combining sounds to make music; Science: Animals; ICT: Using text and tables to develop ideas. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.
Trixie Tempest `s guide to living life to the full... as a tweenager. In A to Z format, this is something that's so hot, tweens won't be able to keep their hands on it! Trixie Tempest is a tiny, mouthy, mischievous, free-thinking tweenager who wants to Save the World. She's passionate about horses, vegetarianism, football and music and wants to put the world straight on a number of points. Readers will already know this tweenage tearaway through her two novels: Trixie Tempest and the Amazing Talking Dog and Trixie Tempest and the Ghost of St Aubergine. Trixie's ABZ of Life is Trixie's very own advice guide for worried tweenagers. Answering all those difficult questions that tweenagers want to know the answers to. Like, how to cope with getting up to go to the loo when you're at a Sleepover. How not to be afraid of the dark. How to deal with embarrassing parents etc. In handy A to Z format, tweenagers just have to think of the first letter of their problem and look up for Trixie's marvellous advice! A for adults - they mean well and are useful for buying houses and providing pocket money C for Creativity That school is the worst place for a tweenager to spend the most creative part of her life E for Ears The space between a tweenagers' ears is not entirely occuped with thoughts of crop tops, disco parties, toenail colourings and boy bands Sure to be as much of a success with the tweenage population, as Ros Asquith's Letty Chubb books are for teenagers.
Ghostly goings-on and the hilarious Save the World with a Song concert feature in this second title about the tweenager with a brain full of fireworks and a heart of gold. In this second book about everyone's favourite tweenager, Trixie has to discover two things. Firstly, just who or what is the Ghost of St Aubergine's Primary School and what does he or she want? Secondly, why does the Save the Car Factory meeting have to be on the same day as her Save the World with a Song Concert? Thirdly, just what has happened to her trumpet she left on the bus? Fourthly, why is that dirty old man following her everywhere? The trials and tribulations of growing up, told with hilarious, fast-moving humour. Join Trixie and her friends and foes, in this rip-roaring, rollicking, tumultous and Very Extremely funny novel.
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