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Ross Collins - Author

About the Author

Ross Collins' primary 1 teacher, Mrs Spears, told his parents that he should go to art school. 13 years went by until he was finally 'old enough' to get into the Glasgow School of Art. Can you believe that? – 13 years. On graduating he won the Macmillan Prize for his first picture book. Since then he's illustrated over 100 books for children and written a few of them too. Several of them have won enormous glittering awards which he keeps in a box in Latvia. Ross' book The Elephantom was recently adapted into a critically acclaimed play by those clever people at the National Theatre who made that 'War Horse' thing. When he's not creating children's books he enjoys working on character development for animation studios like Laika and Disney. He also likes walking in the Scottish glens with his dog Hugo, who is an idiot and his partner Jacqui, who is not.

Photo credit, Chris Close.

Featured books by Ross Collins

Other books by Ross Collins

There's a Bear on My Chair

There's a Bear on My Chair

Author: Ross Collins Format: Board book Release Date: 03/10/2019

Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn't big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But what's that? Is that a Mouse in Bear's house?!

This is a Dog

This is a Dog

Author: Ross Collins Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2019

Uh-oh! An excitable (but very loveable) dog has found his way into this First Animals book and he will NOT let any of the other animals take their turn. Dogs are far more important, after all! And when the other animals get angry, this dog comes up with a very cunning plan to outwit them . . .

What Does An Anteater Eat?

What Does An Anteater Eat?

Author: Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

Anteater is hungry, but he has completely forgotten what anteaters eat. Baffled and with his tummy rumbling, he consults the other animals. But Sloth is too busy, Toucan is clueless, and Crocodile has his own mouth full. Maybe the ants will know - and maybe the answer isn't quite as obvious as you may think! A delightfully silly tale that little ones will return to again and again.

What Does An Anteater Eat?

What Does An Anteater Eat?

Author: Ross Collins Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2018

Anteater is hungry, but he has completely forgotten what anteaters eat. Baffled and with his tummy rumbling, he consults the other animals. But Sloth is too busy, Toucan is clueless, and Crocodile has his own mouth full. Maybe the ants will know - and maybe the answer isn't quite as obvious as you may think! A delightfully silly tale that little ones will return to again and again.

This Zoo is Not for You

This Zoo is Not for You

Author: Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

When a small platypus visits the zoo, the animals all assume he has come about the vacancy and he is swiftly taken through a rigorous interview process. But the platypus is far too bland for the chameleons, not nearly graceful enough for the flamingos, and his tricks will never impress the monkeys. So, he leaves. The animals soon regret being so unkind, but . . . what's this? The platypus has left an invitation! Oh dear - it seems he had actually come to the zoo to invite them all to his party. Uh-oh! But with all forgiven and forgotten, the platypus welcomes his new zoo friends to a fantastic party on his Platypus! This rollicking rhyming picture book, from the award-winning creator of There's a Bear on My Chair, combines comic misunderstandings with a heartfelt story about acceptance and belonging. There's a touch of Tim Minchin about Collins . . . his tone is funny but heartfelt and a little bit rock'n'roll - Guardian

Colour My Days

Colour My Days

Author: Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2018

Emmy and Jeff live in a black and white world. But suddenly, the week has started with a splash of yellow and each new day brings a new colour into Emmy and Jeff's lives. Join them as they explore all the colours in the rainbow! An appealing and evocative introduction to colour for young children. Part of Barrington Stoke's picture book range for all the family, with easy-read font.

This Zoo is Not for You

This Zoo is Not for You

Author: Ross Collins Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/08/2017

When a small platypus visits the zoo, the animals all assume he has come about the vacancy and he is swiftly taken through a rigorous interview process. But the platypus is far too bland for the chameleons, not nearly graceful enough for the flamingos, and his tricks will never impress the monkeys. So, he leaves. The animals soon regret being so unkind, but . . . what's this? The platypus has left an invitation! Oh dear - it seems he had actually come to the zoo to invite them all to his party . . . But with all forgiven and forgotten, the platypus welcomes his new zoo friends to a fantastic party on his Platybus! This rollicking rhyming picture book, from the award-winning creator of There's a Bear on My Chair, combines comic misunderstandings with a heartfelt story about acceptance and belonging. There's a touch of Tim Minchin about Collins . . . his tone is funny but heartfelt and a little bit rock'n'roll - Guardian

Tha Mathan Air Mo Chathair

Tha Mathan Air Mo Chathair

Author: Ross Collins Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/01/2017

There's a Bear on My Chair

There's a Bear on My Chair

Author: Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and it just isn't big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has eventually gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But wait - is that a Mouse in Bear's house?!

There's a Bear on My Chair

There's a Bear on My Chair

Author: Ross Collins Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/05/2015

Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and it just isn't big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has eventually gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But wait - is that a Mouse in Bear's house?!

Kiko and the Hellojars

Kiko and the Hellojars

Author: Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2014

My Amazing Dad

My Amazing Dad

Author: Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2014

Snip is a little crocodile who loves his dad. But when he realises he doesn't know what his dad DOES all day, he heads off with Max the monkey, in search of an answer. Snip soon discovers that his friends' dads can do all sorts of special things, and he wonders whether his own dad is good at anything. In the end, Snip's mum shows him that he has the cleverest dad of all - AMAZING! The award-winning illustrator, Ross Collins, brings us this warm, funny tale of friendship and fathers, sure to charm children and dads alike.

Blamehounds

Blamehounds

Author: Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2014

A hilariously wacky read from author/illustrator Ross Collins. Whenever there's a pong, poo or puddle that can't be explained, Norman and Ringo are the hounds that take the blame. Determined to exploit their status for profit, Blamehounds Inc. is soon in business and small dogs the world over are admitting responsibility for accidents, eruptions and even the occasional war - High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

Elephantom

Elephantom

Author: Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2013

When a phantom elephant turns up uninvited and starts getting a little girl into trouble, she has no idea how to make him go away. But her grandmother, with a menagerie of phantom pets herself, advises her to visit the Spectral & Son shop, as this strange place can sell her the solution - a box that lets her give the elephantom to their next door neighbour!

Cheesemares

Cheesemares

Author: Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2013

Hal is determined to get to the bottom of his terrifying cheesemares in this hilarious comedy for younger readers from author/illustrator Ross Collins Hal is convinced there is a connection between his well-loved cheesy snacks and the horrible nightmares he keeps having. Hal sets off on a mission to solve his cheesemares once and for all, but will he ever escape from the horror he faces in The Evil House of Cheese? Here Ross Collins' two talents for writing and illustrating combine in this fun romp where evil cows meet Frankenstein. Quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

Dear Vampa

Dear Vampa

Author: Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

The Pires are cursed with new neighbours. Things were just fine on Nostfer Avenue until the Wolfsons arrived. There seems to be no end to the new family's strange rituals. They stay up all day long, lock their windows at night, and bathe - in sunshine. What's a nice vampire family to do? 'Laugh-out-loud funny.' - Scotsman

Elephantom

Elephantom

Author: Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2007

The wryly comic tale of a small girl plagued by a mischievous 'elephantom' who rides up and down the stairs at night on a scooter, eats all her peanut butter and has his friends over for rowdy parties.

Elephantom

Elephantom

Author: Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2006

The wryly comic tale of a small girl plagued by a mischievous 'elephantom' who rides up and down the stairs at night on a scooter, eats all her peanut butter and has his friends over for rowdy parties. When her parents don't believe her, the little girl finds a sympathetic ear in her Gran, who has a plethora of phantom pets of her own. Grandma directs her to a shop run by 'Spectral and Sons', who present her with a box tied with ribbon. When she returns home the elephantom is having fun piling up the furniture. The girl opens the box to reveal a...mouse-phantom! Elephantom disappears squealing in fright ...to take up residence next-door, where he begins to pester a new family!

Busy Night

Busy Night

Author: Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2003

A little boy relucatantly goes to bed where he tries desperately to go to sleep! But he is distracted by the arrival of the sandman, the tooth fairy, two ghosts, Father Christmas (he's been tricked by the elves - it is the summer!) and even a thing under the bed. Imagine the chaos and noise. What does the little boy do? Read and enjoy this very wild and quirky picture book with lots and lots of child power.

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