Tony Ross was born in London in 1938.

He trained at the Liverpool School of Art and has worked as a cartoonist, a graphic designer, as the Art Director of an advertising agency, and as Senior Lecturer in Art at Manchester Polytechnic.

He has illustrated books for many authors, including Roald Dahl, Paula Danziger and Michael Palin, but he also writes and illustrates his own books. His first title was Goldilocks and the Three Bears (1976), since when he has produced a whole series of reworked and updated fairy tales. His series of books about extra-terrestrial teacher Dr Xargle, written with Jeanne Willis, have become extremely popular, as has his much-loved Towser series.

Some of his books have been animated on television and there are several videos featuring his work.

Tony Ross lives in Cheshire.


Is It Because ...?
I Want to be a Cowgirl
A Helping of Horrid Henry
I Don't Want to Go to Hospital
William and the School Report and Other Stories
Susan Laughs
Furry Tails: A Bumper Book of Ten Favourite Animal Tales
Red Eyes at Night
Polly the Most Poetic Person
Theseus and the Minotaur; Orpheus and Eurydice; Apollo and Daphne
Sloth's Shoes
Vampire Park
Miss Dirt the Dustman's Daughter
The Midnight Feast
Ace Ghosts: A Spooky Tale from Creakie Hall
Ghouls Rule: A Spooky Tale from Creakie Hall
Tales of Amazing Maidens
I Want My Dinner
Through the Looking Glass
Silly Stories
You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown
Don't Do That!
Fantastic Mr Fox
I Want to Be
Ms Wiz Loves Dracula
It Came through the Wall!
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
How to be a Little Sod
Even Naughtier Stories
A Fairy Tale
In Control, Ms Wiz?
I Want a Cat
Super Dooper Jezebel
Oscar Got the Blame
I Want My Potty
I'm Coming to Get You (Towser Series)
The Reluctant Vampire
Naughty Nigel
The Tale of Admiral Mouse
Little Red Riding Hood
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Glass Alembic


Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (Silver Award)
National Art Library Illustration Award
National Art Library Illustration Award
National Art Library Illustration Award
Kate Greenaway Medal
Deutscher Jugendliteratur Preis (West Germany)
Red Book Award (USA)
Schonste Bucher Aus Aller Welt (East Germany)
Zilveren Griffel (Holland)
Zilveren Penseel (Holland)