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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.
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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