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Ros Asquith - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

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.

Books by Ros Asquith

The Great Big Brain Book

The Great Big Brain Book

Author: Mary Hoffman Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2020

Your brain is absolutely amazing! They are responsible for absolutely every single thing we do. Every time we breathe, or walk or talk or eat, it's all because of our brilliant brains! When we feel happy or sad, when we drop something, when we run or draw - none of this would be possible without our fantastic brains. Find out how our brains work, how they control the rest of the body and how they change over time. From how they create our memories, to how they help us learn new things and what happens to them when we are asleep, great ready to uncover lots of fascinating facts about the brain. And don't forget to look out for the friendly cat on every page, helping us learn all about our wonderful brains!

The Great Big Book of Life

The Great Big Book of Life

Author: Mary Hoffman Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/03/2019

A glorious, diverse celebration of human life, from birth to death, by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith. The sixth title in the Great Big Book series explores every stage of human life. From birth to starting nursery, being a teenager to becoming an adult, from work to relationships, homes and jobs, to aging illness and death. A universal but challenging topic is dealt with Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith's trademark sensitivity and humour and inclusivity.

The Great Big Book of Friends

The Great Big Book of Friends

Author: Mary Hoffman Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2018

What is a friend? Can a pet be a friend? Are you friends with your brothers and sisters? What if you don't have any friends? A wonderful celebration of all kinds of friendship, from best friends to groups of friends to toys that feel like friends, this truly inclusive book is a great way to start a conversation with children about what makes a good friend. From the author and illustrator team behind The Great Big Book of Families and The Great Big Book of Feelings, this diverse celebration of friendship is perfect for both the home and the classroom.

The Great Big Body Book

The Great Big Body Book

Author: Mary Hoffman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2017

There are all kinds of bodies in the world. What are YOU like? Celebrate our brilliant bodies in this fantastic book jam-packed with interesting facts. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes as we change from babies to children to teenagers to adults, our bodies change too! Find out about growing and learning, keeping fit, breaks and bruises, the five senses, using our minds, how we are the same and how we are different - and lots more in the fourth book in the internationally best-selling Great Big Book series.

The Great Big Body Book

The Great Big Body Book

Author: Mary Hoffman Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2016

There are all kinds of bodies in the world. What are YOU like? Celebrate our brilliant bodies in this fantastic book jam-packed with interesting facts. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes as we change from babies to children to teenagers to adults, our bodies change too! Find out about growing and learning, keeping fit, breaks and bruises, the five senses, using our minds, how we are the same and how we are different - and lots more in the fourth book in the internationally best-selling Great Big Book series.

The Great Big Book of Feelings

The Great Big Book of Feelings

Author: Mary Hoffman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2016

How are you feeling today? Happy? Sad? Excited? Scared? We all experience lots of different emotions, sometimes angry or silly, sometimes jealous or upset;sometimes lonely or worried. However you feel, sharing and talking about your feelings will make you feel better. This fresh, optimistic look at all the feelings we experience explores feelings in family life, at school and everywhere with warmth, wit and sensitivity. Featuring lots of different children in various situations, brief text captions and questions and plenty of humour, this is the go to book to learn about feelings.

Firaas and the Cello Level 12

Firaas and the Cello Level 12

Author: Ros Asquith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2016

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.

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 7: Aunty Cake

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 7: Aunty Cake

Author: Ros Asquith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

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.

The Great Big Book of Families

The Great Big Book of Families

Author: Mary Hoffman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2015

What is a family? Once, it was said to be a father, mother, boy, girl, cat and dog living in a house with a garden. But as times have changed, families have changed too, and now there are almost as many kinds of families as colours of the rainbow - from a mum and dad or single parent to two mums or two dads, from a mixed-race family to children with different mums and dads, to families with a disabled member. This is a fresh, optimistic look through children's eyes at today's wide variety of family life: from homes, food, ways of celebrating, schools and holidays to getting around, jobs and housework, from extended families, languages and hobbies to pets and family trees.

The Great Big Green Book

The Great Big Green Book

Author: Mary Hoffman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2015

Think of the future. Can you imagine our planet as beautiful as it used to be? You could be the one to help make it beautiful again, with the things you do and the ideas you have. Your planet needs YOU! Join authors Ros Asquith and Mary Hoffman as they explain what we need for life on Earth and show us the importance of the rainforests and the oceans. In this bumper book of environmentally friendly ideas, they explain that we need to look after our planet, showing how some of the things we take for granted are running out, and how we have polluted so much our planet. As well as facts about our planet, the book is full of brilliant action plans to help save our planet, including ideas for saving water, saving energy, recycling, repairing, growing seasonal food, cooking fresh food, saving on packing, asking questions... and thinking of new inventions and big ideas. This is the eco-friendly guide to helping save the planet that all young children can learn from!

Fright in the Night

Fright in the Night

Author: Lyn Gardner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2014

The third book in the hilarious GHASTLY MCNASTYS series. Gruesome and Grisly McNasty are sure they know where Captain Syd's legendary treasure is buried. But before they get digging they need to keep the villagers away. So they scare them into thinking the place is haunted. But youngsters Tat and Hetty aren't going to be put off by a few spooky noises and dim lights, and soon find out what the McNastys are up to. They decide to outwit the dastardly duo by pretending to be the ghost of Captain Syd, seeking revenge on anyone stealing his treasure!

Max the Champion

Max the Champion

Author: Sean Stockdale, Alex Strick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Max is mad about sport. As he gets up, has breakfast and heads off to school, he is dreaming of competing in world class sporting events. In his real day, he and his class win the school football match and, in his imagination, he and his friends are winning the World Cup. This is a lively and fun approach to sport, and a very inclusive picture book showing disabled children and children without disabilities enjoying different sports together in a natural way. The sports include football, rugby, athletics, cricket, diving, discus throwing and cycling.

Raiders of the Lost Shark

Raiders of the Lost Shark

Author: Lyn Gardner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

The second book in the hilarious THE GHASTLY MCNASTYS series. Grisly and Gruesome McNasty are so scary, even fish cover their eyes and swim the other way when they see them coming! The McNastys are after Captain Syd's treasure, rumoured to be buried in Little Snoring Castle. And they're in luck - a pirate movie's being shot there. They reckon they'll easily be able to sneak into the castle, blend in with the cast and steal all the treasure. But youngsters Tat and Hetty, have outwitted the dastardly duo before, and have plans to trap them once and for all.

The Great Big Book of Feelings

The Great Big Book of Feelings

Author: Mary Hoffman Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/03/2013

The book opens with the question: How are you feeling today? And this leads on to a spread by spread presentation of a wide range of feelings, including: *Happy * Sad * Excited * Bored * Interested * Angry * Upset * Calm * Silly * Lonely * Scared * Safe *Embarrassed * Shy * Confident * Worried * Jealous * Satisfied The final spread is about Feeling Better because sharing and talking about feelings helps us to feel better. The approach and design follows The Great Big Book of Families, with lots of different children in lots of different situations, brief text captions and questions and plenty of humour to make sure the book is fun. Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith look at feelings in family life, at school and everywhere with the same warmth, wit and sensitivity that they brought to their award- winning The Great Big Book of Families.

Letters From an Alien Schoolboy: Galactic Poodle

Letters From an Alien Schoolboy: Galactic Poodle

Author: Ros Asquith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2012

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!

The Great Big Book of Families

The Great Big Book of Families

Author: Mary Hoffman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2010

What is a family? Once, it was said to be a father, mother, boy, girl, cat and dog living in a house with a garden. But as times have changed, families have changed too, and now there are almost as many kinds of families as colours of the rainbow - from a mum and dad or single parent to two mums or two dads, from a mixed-race family to children with different mums and dads, from families with a disabled member to those with a mum or dad in prison. Mary Hoffman takes a look through children's eyes at the wide varieties of family life: from homes, food, ways of celebrating, schools and holidays to getting around, jobs and housework, from extended families, languages and hobbies to pets and family trees - and she concludes that, for most people, their own family is the best one of all! With Ros Asquith's delightful pictures, this book takes a fresh, optimistic look at families of today.

The Roman Beanfeast

The Roman Beanfeast

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2009

Like every other school in the country, Davy's class are working on the Romans. Everyone is to do a piece of work based on the visit they made to a Roman fort and the best will get a prize at the Roman Feast planned by the school. Davy's problem is that bossy Molly from next door keeps stealing his ideas. That is until Davey draws inspiration from Julius Sneezer the Roman soldier. A funny and insightful story from the popular prize winning author of The Demon Headmaster.

Pet School

Pet School

Author: Jenny Oldield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2005

At a school for their pets, Dino and Laura learn all about their dogs and more about each other. A touching tale about friendship. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

How to Make a Storybook Band 07/Turquoise

How to Make a Storybook Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Ros Asquith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

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 and the Cello Band 08/Purple

Hector and the Cello Band 08/Purple

Author: Ros Asquith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

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.

Letter from America

Letter from America

Author: Michaela Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2004

Much to Tommo's dismay, his teacher wants everyone in the class to have a penpal. But he's in for a big surprise! Share Tommo's sad times and his happy times - and meet Shelley who raps, rhymes and jokes in her letters from America..

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