Illustrator Spotlight: Tony Ross

26 September, 2016


Tony Ross created the glorious illustrations for Clare Balding's The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop -  find out more about his amazing career in illustration

Tony Ross is one of the UK’s most prolific and well-known illustrators. He trained at the Liverpool School of Art and has been illustrating books since 1976.

For many years he was best known for his work on Francesca Simon’s hugely successful Horrid Henry series, as well as his work with Andersen Press for whom he both writes and illustrates books. He is the creator of the Little Princess character and books, the first one being I Want My Potty!, published in 1986 and the books were later adapted for a popular television series. More recently, Ross has collaborated with David Walliams on his bestselling and highly illustrated children’s fiction and very popular picture books.

He has also of course provided glorious illustrations of Charlie, Noble Warrior, Percy the Pony and the rest of the Bass family for Clare Balding’s The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop.

He has illustrated over 800 books and shows no signs of slowing down, which is jolly good news for all of us. His style is scratchy in line and instantly recognisable with heaps of child appeal. Here are a small selection of our favourite Tony Ross books:

I Want My Potty! (Andersen Press)

The World's Worst Children, written by David Walliams (HarperCollins Children's Books)

Horrid Henry, written by Francesca Simon (Orion Children's Books)

Tadpole's Promise, written by Jeanne Willis (Andersen Press)

Pippi Longstocking, written by Astrid Lindgren (Oxford University Press)

The Slightly Annoying Elephant, written by David Walliams (HarperCollins Children's Books)

Adventure on the Way Home, written by Enid Blyton (Hachette Children's Group)