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date: 19 June 2021

Ross, Anthony Lee, (Tony) free

Ross, Anthony Lee, (Tony) free

Born 10 Aug. 1938; s of Eric Turle Lee Ross and Effie Ross (née Griffiths); m 1st, 1961, Carole D’Arcy (marr. diss. 1971); 2nd, 1971, Joan Spokes (marr. diss. 1976); 3rd, 1979, Zoe Goodwin; partner, Wendy Finney

author and illustrator


Helsby Grammar Sch.; Liverpool Art Sch. (NDD, ATD)


Advertising work, 1962–65; Sen. Lectr, Manchester Poly., 1965–86; children’s author, illustrator and film-maker, 1972–; TV animated films: Towser, 1985; Horrid Henry, 2006; Little Princess, 2007; books published in UK, Europe, USA, Japan, Australia, Korea and S America


picture books include: Towser (series), 1984; I’m Coming to Get You, 1984; I Want My Potty (series), 1986; Oscar Got The Blame, 1987; Super Dooper Jezebel, 1988; I Want a Cat, 1989; A Fairy Tale, 1991; Don’t Do That, 1991; Through the Looking Glass, 1992, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 1993, abridged from Lewis Carroll; The Shop of Ghosts, from G. K. Chesterton, 1994; Three Little Kittens and Other Favourite Nursery Rhymes, 2007; My First Nursery Collection, 2009; My Favourite Fairy Tales, 2010; I Want To Do It By Myself, 2010; books illustrated include: Eric Morecambe, The Reluctant Vampire, 1982; Willis Hall, Vampire Park, 1983; Michael Palin, Limericks, 1985; Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr Fox, 1988; Simon Brett, How to be a Little Sod, 1992; Michael Morpurgo, Red Eyes at Night, 1998; Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 2000; Jeanne Willis, Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog, 2009; David Walliams, Billionaire Boy, 2010; Jeanne Willis, I’m Going to a Party, 2011; Gervase Phinn, Who Am I?, 2011; series: Ian Whybrow, Little Wolf, 1985; Jeanne Willis, Dr Xargle, 1988; Richmal Crompton, Meet Just William, 1999; Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking, 2000; Francesca Simon, Horrid Henry, 2003


sailing, gentle sports, keeping unfit


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