Tony Ross

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Tony Ross
Tony Ross, 2017
Tony Ross, 2017
BornAnthony Lee Ross[1]
(1938-08-10) 10 August 1938 (age 80)
London, England, UK
OccupationIllustrator
GenreChildren's picture books
Notable awardsDeutscher Jugendliteraturpreis
1986

Anthony Lee "Tony" Ross (born 10 August 1938)[1] is a British illustrator and author of children's picture books. In Britain he may be known best for illustrating the Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon and the works of David Walliams. He has also illustrated the Amber Brown series by Paula Danziger, the Dr. Xargle series by Jeanne Willis, and the Harry The Poisonous Centipede series by Lynne Reid Banks.

Early life[edit]

Ross was born in London. He studied at the Liverpool School of Art and Design.

Career[edit]

Ross has had many jobs, including a cartoonist, graphic designer, then art director at an advertising agency. In 1976 his long association with the fledgling Andersen Press began with the publication of his re-telling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. For several years he was senior lecturer in art and head of the illustration course at Manchester Polytechnic.

Among WorldCat participating libraries, the eight most widely held works by Ross are Amber Brown books written by Danziger. The most widely held book written and illustrated by Ross is I Want Two Birthdays (2008), which is represented in ten languages.[2]

Awards[edit]

In 1986 Ross won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, picture books category, for Ich komm dich holen!, the German-language edition of I'm coming to get you! (Andersen, 1984). For the third Dr. Xargle book with Willis, Dr. Xargle's book of Earth Tiggers, about cats, he was a highly commended runner-up for the 1990 Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book by a British subject.[3][a]

For his contribution as a children's illustrator he was UK nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2004.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Today there are usually eight books on the Greenaway shortlist. According to CCSU, some runners up were Commended (from 1959) or Highly Commended (from 1974). The high distinction was approximately annual from 1979, including Ross alone for 1990. There were 99 distinctions of both kinds in 44 years including six for 1986, three 1990.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ross, Tony". Library of Congress Authorities (lccn.loc.gov). Retrieved 2017-09-03.
      For his birth name and date, the Library of Congress cites a 1998 phone call from Ross.
  2. ^ "Ross, Tony". WorldCat. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  3. ^ "Kate Greenaway Medal" Archived 16 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine. 2007(?). Curriculum Lab. Elihu Burritt Library. Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  4. ^ "2004". Hans Christian Andersen Awards. International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).
      "Hans Christian Andersen Awards". IBBY. Retrieved 2013-07-22.

External links[edit]

Media related to Tony Ross at Wikimedia Commons