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Ross Collins - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Ross Collins studied illustration at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1994 and in the same year he won the Macmillan Children’s Book Prize for the The Sea Hole. Since then he has gone on to illustrate over 100 books and has written several too. His picture book The Elephantom was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and was staged at London's National Theatre and in 2016 This Zoo is Not for You won the inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honour. When Ross is not creating children’s books he enjoys working on character development for animation studios such as Laika and Disney. He lives with his partner Jacqui, his young son, and his dog Hugo, in Scotland. 

Featured books by Ross Collins

Alligator Action

Alligator Action

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Ali Sparkes Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2012

Petty's been kidnapped! Josh and Danny have already broken into her secret lab looking for her, and now they're going to brave all her anti-intruder traps and break into her house. There's no sign of Petty, but there is a very interesting little box ...containing the best SWITCH spray ever. Unable to resist the temptation, the twins head to the park to try out alligator SWITCH spray. But before they make it to the river, they're roped into being in the audience of a touring chat show, with some VERY interesting guests ...

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Other books by Ross Collins

A Rabbit Called Wish

A Rabbit Called Wish

Author: Claire Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Knitbone Pepper is a friendly ghost dog, haunting the crumbling Starcross Hall with a gaggle of other ghostly pets. When Lord Pepper buys an antique top hat he brings home a ghost rabbit looking for a young magician called Ernest Salt. But there's skulduggery at play and Ernest's guardians are determined to keep his identity secret...

Read with Oxford: Stage 2: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds: The Trunk and The Skunk and Other Stories

Read with Oxford: Stage 2: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds: The Trunk and The Skunk and Other Stories

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2019

With a focus on building phonics skills, this collection includes seven fun stories with colourful illustrations. It is ideal for children who are developing early reading skills. Read about the Trunk and the Skunk, find out why Gran is so cross and discover how Ron Rabbit makes a rocket! Tips for reading together explain the letter patterns that each story focuses on and identify any words children may find tricky, helping you to get the most out of the collection. Former Children's Laureate and author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, has captivated children all over the world with her lively and engaging stories. Songbirds is a phonics programme carefully created by Julia to support children who are learning to read and is used in schools to inspire a love of reading. There are eight Songbirds story collections for you to enjoy. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Find practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress on oxfordowl.co.uk. Let's get them flying!

Sunny and the Hotel Splendid

Sunny and the Hotel Splendid

Author: Alison Moore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2019

On the hottest day of the year, Ana Sharma and her mum check in to the Hotel Splendid, a place where bells seem to ring all by themselves, jam pots and milk jugs appear on the breakfast table as if by magic, and things go bump in the night. The Hotel Splendid has a problem. When Ana and Sunny meet, they come up with a solution, but one problem leads to another. Meanwhile, the hotel is harbouring an unexpected guest ...

I am a Tiger

I am a Tiger

Author: Karl Newson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2019

A hilarious and original story about a little mouse with big ideas! The bold little mouse declares I am a tiger. and manages to convince a raccoon, a fox, a snake and a bird not only that this is true, but that they are not what they think they are. When a real tiger turns up, can the persuasive and fearless little rodent manage to persuade the tiger that he is a mouse! With vibrant artwork by award-winning illustrator Ross Collins, and delightful characters created by rising star Karl Newson, I am a Tiger is a story that will amuse and entertain everyone, from the smallest mouse to the biggest tiger.

Knitbone Pepper and the Silver Phantom

Knitbone Pepper and the Silver Phantom

Author: Claire Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2019

Knitbone Pepper and his ghostly animal friends are thrilled when a vintage plane lands at Starcross Hall, bringing with it Martin the hamster's beloved ghostly owner. But this visitor is a human ghost, and that means only one thing - mischief!

Sunny and the Ghosts

Sunny and the Ghosts

Author: Alison Moore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2018

Sometimes, when you open a door or lift a lid, you find exactly what you expected to find: coats in the coat cupboard, bread in the bread bin, toys in the toy box. And sometimes you don't. When Sunny's parents buy an antique shop, they get more than they bargained for: in some of the old furniture, Sunny finds ghosts. Each of the ghosts has an unfulfilled desire, something they never did in their lifetime: Walter wants to learn to read, Violet wants to write a novel, Mary and Elsie want to go to the seaside. While Sunny is trying to help them all, it seems someone else is out to cause trouble...

Read with Oxford: Stage 3: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds: Usman's Books and Other Stories

Read with Oxford: Stage 3: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds: Usman's Books and Other Stories

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

With a focus on building phonics skills, this collection includes five fun stories with colourful illustrations. It is ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence. Discover why Usman loves reading, read about the Cinderella Play and find out why Mr and Mrs Brown are upside down! Tips for reading together explain the letter patterns that each story focuses on and identify any words children may find tricky, helping you to get the most out of the collection. Former Children's Laureate and author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, has captivated children all over the world with her lively and engaging stories. Songbirds is a phonics programme carefully created by Julia to support children who are learning to read and is used in schools to inspire a love of reading. There are eight Songbirds story collections for you to enjoy. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Find practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress on oxfordowl.co.uk. Let's get them flying!

Read with Oxford: Stage 4: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds: Clare and the Fair and Other Stories

Read with Oxford: Stage 4: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds: Clare and the Fair and Other Stories

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

With a focus on building phonics skills, this collection includes six fun stories with colourful illustrations. It is ideal for children who are gaining more reading confidence. Find out what Clare does at the Fair, what happens at Tara's Party and how Jack meets the Giants! Tips for reading together explain the letter patterns that each story focuses on and identify any words children may find tricky, helping you to get the most out of the collection. Former Children's Laureate and author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, has captivated children all over the world with her lively and engaging stories. Songbirds is a phonics programme carefully created by Julia to support children who are learning to read and is used in schools to inspire a love of reading. There are eight Songbirds story collections for you to enjoy. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Find practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress on oxfordowl.co.uk. Let's get them flying!

Read with Oxford: Stage 3: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds: Spike Says and Other Stories

Read with Oxford: Stage 3: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds: Spike Says and Other Stories

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2018

With a focus on building phonics skills, this collection includes seven fun stories with colourful illustrations. It is ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence. Find out what Spike has to say, why Nasim is an unusual kind of knight and what happens to the snake and the drake. Tips for reading together explain the letter patterns that each story focuses on and identify any words children may find tricky, helping you to get the most out of the collection. Former Children's Laureate and author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, has captivated children all over the world with her lively and engaging stories. Songbirds is a phonics programme carefully created by Julia to support children who are learning to read and is used in schools to inspire a love of reading. There are eight Songbirds story collections for you to enjoy. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Find practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress on oxfordowl.co.uk. Let's get them flying!

A Horse Called Moon

A Horse Called Moon

Author: Claire Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2017

Knitbone Pepper (2) The Last Circus Tiger

Knitbone Pepper (2) The Last Circus Tiger

Author: Claire Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2017

Knitbone Pepper is a friendly ghost dog, haunting the crumbling Starcross Hall with a gaggle of other ghostly pets. When Knitbone and his beloved owner Winnie invite the circus to Starcross, the ghosts are so excited! But amidst the magicians, the acrobats and the clowns, Knitbone senses something beastly in the big top... Illustrations:Full colour throughout

Knitbone Pepper (1) Ghost Dog

Knitbone Pepper (1) Ghost Dog

Author: Claire Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2017

Knitbone Pepper is a friendly ghost dog, haunting the crumbling Starcross Hall with a gaggle of other ghostly pets. But when he discovers that the Hall is up for sale and his beloved owner, Winnie Pepper, and her madcap parents must leave their home, he smells a rat. Can Knitbone and his ghostly gang of animals help Winnie save Starcross? Illustrations: Full colour throughout

Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog and a Horse called Moon

Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog and a Horse called Moon

Author: Claire Barker Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2016

Tiddlers: The Sleepy Dinosaur

Tiddlers: The Sleepy Dinosaur

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2016

The Sleepy Dinosaur is a fun story for young dinosaur fans who are beginning to read on their own. Perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band pink 1B. This sleepy dinosaur just cannot find the perfect place to sleep - until he's snuggled up in bed! The Tiddlers series features fun stories with a word count of fewer than 50 words for children who are just starting to read. A word list at the beginning of the story allows for a quick check of the reader's ability to read and understand words before reading, and a spot the picture puzzle at the end of the story encourages rereading for pleasure. Compiled in consultation with Catherine Glavina, PGCE Primary and Early Years Course Leader, The Centre for Professional Education, University of Warwick.

Upraid Nan Robot!

Upraid Nan Robot!

Author: Sean Taylor Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/11/2014

The Snarling of Wolves The Sixth Tale from the Five Kingdoms

The Snarling of Wolves The Sixth Tale from the Five Kingdoms

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2014

The sixth book in the comic fantasy series Tales from the Five Kingdoms - in which the borders are broken and the Five Kingdoms changed for ever. The Web of Power which keeps the Five Kingdoms safe from evil is under threat. Foyce is determined to destroy it so she can take a terrible revenge on her step-sister, Gracie Gillypot. Meanwhile the five Royal Families are in turmoil. Queen Bluebell is fed up with her tedious grandson, Vincent; Prince Tertius is suffering from the endless nagging of his new wife, Princess Fedora - and on top of everything else there's a big tournament coming up. Things come to a head when Gubble the troll crashes into King Frank's study, and he and Gracie are thrown into a dungeon. A band of fearsome werewolves are gathering in the forests, and Foyce is among them. Will Gracie, Marcus and a handful of bats be able to save the kingdoms from total disaster?

Must Know Stories: Level 2: Theseus and the Minotaur

Must Know Stories: Level 2: Theseus and the Minotaur

Author: Laura North Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Every year, King Aegeus must send seven girls and seven boys to feed the terrible Minotaur - a ferocious beast! Now Aegeus' son, Theseus, wants to destroy the beast once and for all... A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite Greek myth. Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 2 stories are told in chapters in under 1000 words.

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Level 11: Scratch's Bad Reputations

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Level 11: Scratch's Bad Reputations

Author: Ali Sparkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Do you scream over spiders or bolt from bats? In Scratch's Bad Reputations, Scratch the rat looks at animals that have a reputation for being scary but are they really bad, or just misunderstood? Oxford Reading Tree inFact is a non-fiction series that aims to engage children in reading for pleasure as powerfully as fiction does. The variety of topics means there are books to interest every child in this compelling series. The series is written by top children's authors and subject experts. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Kiko and the Hellojars

Kiko and the Hellojars

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

The Story of Matthew Buzzington

The Story of Matthew Buzzington

Author: Andy Stanton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/11/2011

Matthew Buzzington has a special secret power - he can turn into a fly. Only problem is, it doesn't work! The school bully's making his life a misery - can he summon up his powers to take revenge? Hilarious comedy from the hugely successful author of the Mr Gum books.

Hugh's Blue Day

Hugh's Blue Day

Author: Karen J. Hodgson Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/03/2010

Hugh's Blue Day is a delightful rhyming story that will appeal to any child who has had 'the blues'. Geared primarily to 2-5-year-olds, it features a grumpy little boy and his fun-loving mum. When Hugh refuses to play, mum tries to cheer him up by making the whole day 'blue'. At first Hugh is doubtful, but he soon takes up the challenge, trying to outwit mum as she strives to make everything blue: his clothes, his food, even his toothpaste. Hodgson's quirky rhymes and the infectious enthusiasm of Collins' colour illustrations make this a classic picture book. Collins is one of the most acclaimed children's book illustrators and authors working today. He has illustrated more than 70 books, including The Elephantom (shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal), The Sea Hole (winner of the MacMillan Children's Book Prize) and Billy Monster's Daymare (winner of the Royal Mail Book Award). He lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Hodgson, a former journalist, lives in south-east England. She is also author of The Robot Who Couldn't Cry and The Teeny-Weeny Walking Stick, both published by Hogs Back Books.

Hopscotch: Histories: Eric Bloodaxe the Viking King

Hopscotch: Histories: Eric Bloodaxe the Viking King

Author: Damian Harvey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2010

Eric Bloodaxe is a fierce Viking. A shepherd boy must deliver a special helmet to Eric before he is crowned king. Can he find Eric in time? Hopscotch Histories are brand new stories in historical settings, told in under 400 words, perfect for children who are building up their reading confidence.

The Story of Matthew Buzzington

The Story of Matthew Buzzington

Author: Andy Stanton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2009

Matthew Buzzington thinks he can turn into a fly. Can he use his powers to beat the school bully? Hilarious comedy from the hugely successful author of The Mr Gum books. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

The Bag of Bones The Second Tale from the Five Kingdoms

The Bag of Bones The Second Tale from the Five Kingdoms

Author: Vivian French, Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2008

The good witches of Wadingburn are worried - there's a new witch in town with a bag of magic bones, and she's so evil she makes their toes ache... Another fun-filled fantasty in the Tales from the Five Kingdoms stories that started with The Robe of Skulls. Truda Hangnail is a very wicked witch, banned from the Five Kingdoms because of her use of deep magic. Then she comes up with a fiendish plan to restore evil to the Five Kingdoms, transforming the good witches of Waddingburn into shrivelled, wicked old witches who will help her take over King Frank's kingdom on his fiftieth birthday. Luckily, a sweet-natured half-human, half-elf named Loobly is witness to Truda's evil spell and sets off to fetch help. As the birthday party looms and Truda's evil gathers strength, Loobly enlists the help of Prince Marcus of Gorebreath and Gracie Gillypot, as well as old friends Gubble the troll and Marlon and Alf the bats, to stop Truda and send her packing to the house of the Ancient Crones to face her just deserts.

The Robe of Skulls The First Tale from the Five Kingdoms

The Robe of Skulls The First Tale from the Five Kingdoms

Author: Vivian French, Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2007

An exuberant, hilarious and wildly entertaining fairy tale with a cast of characters who are good, bad and very, very ugly. All is not well in the crumbling castle high above the mountain village of Fracture. The sorceress Lady Lamorna has her heart set on a new robe. A very expensive new robe. To get the cash she will stop at nothing, including kidnapping, blackmail and more than a little black magic. But she reckons without the heroic Gracie Gillypot, not to mention a gallant if rather scruffy prince, two chatty bats, the wickedest stepsister ever, a troll with a grudge - and some very Ancient crones.

Mixed Up Madness The Two Jacks , Screw Loose

Mixed Up Madness The Two Jacks , Screw Loose

Author: Tony Bradman, Alison Prince Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2007

popular stories in 1, this good value volume includes The Two Jacks by Tony Bradman and Screw Loose by Alison Prince. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexicBarrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

The World's Bellybutton The Greek Gods Need a New Hero!

The World's Bellybutton The Greek Gods Need a New Hero!

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2007

William Popidopolis is in a race against time in this comic adventure where mythology and reality collide! William travels to a Greek isle to meet his long-lost father. There he meets a talking swan, who is really Zeus, king of the gods - and he desperately needs William's help. The knot that ties the world together is slipping, and the planet is about to explode! Can they trick the Gorgons and retie the knot before it is too late?

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.

The Three Grumpies

The Three Grumpies

Author: Tamra Wight Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2005

You know the feeling - a black cloud descends on the day and things just don't seem to go right. You spill your milk, trip up on a step, forget to take your homework with you to school. It could be that you have the Grumpies, just like the little girl in this charming and light-hearted book about a bad mood day. But she is not going to get stuck with the Grumpies. Oh no! She is going to see them off and rescue her good humour. So, if you do know that feeling and you do have one of those days, then this is just the book to help you snap right out of it.

Jack and the Dreamsack

Jack and the Dreamsack

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/05/2003

Every night when Jack goes to sleep he has wonderful dreams. The only problem is he can't really remember them the next day. So one night he determines to go to the land of dreams and put them in a sack and save them for the next day. But dreams are elusive things and not as easy to capture as you would think. Or are they? A truly original and fresh picture book that reminds us to believe in our dreams - those we have asleep or awake.

Six Storey House

Six Storey House

Author: Geraldine McCaughrean Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2003

Six Storey House stands in its little garden like a potted palm: tall and thin and brownly dusty. Once, a single family lived there. They kept servants in the loft, where other people keep luggage, and a cook in the cellar, where other people keep wine. Now each floor has a different address: Flats 1 to 6, Six Storey House...Dexi lives on the third floor with his mother, but he knows all his neighbours very well. Each chapter follows the owners of a different flat, bringing each character beautifully to life. Gradually all the neighbours lives are woven more closely together until Dexi's final intervention, in the form of chicken-pox, sees the neighbours changing their lives - and their flats...

Nuff Said

Nuff Said

Author: Herbie Brennan, R Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2002

Fairy Nuff has been rewarded with a knighthood for saving the kidnapped Queen. He has also become extremely rich through a wind fall inheritance - what is left for him to do now but celebrate his good fortune by hosting a massive party! So he invites the rich and famous, builds a theme park, gets the Chinese State Circus to make an appearance and prepares for the time of his life. But things do not turn out as Fairy Nuff had planned because he has two very uninvited guests with a very big grudge and a hoard of huge ants to contend with.

The Two Jacks

The Two Jacks

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2001

This book is suitable for reluctant readers of 8-13 with a reading age of eight years. It is printed on cream paper, which is proven to be more restful on the eye. The font is specially designed to encourage a smooth and easy read. There are frequent page breaks, short, headed chapters and illustrations on almost every page. A wide range of specialists, including children themselves, have read and commented on the book prior to publication.

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