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Ros Asquith is a Guardian cartoonist and author/illustrator of over 60 books for young people.

Three years on Squiggles, poetry, Welcome to the Family

Why don’t I blog? Because I’m too busy staring into space. But had a lovely time at the Guardian’s Big Draw with such a fine and varied group of illustrators. I did Squiggles, where you can turn a squiggle into … Continue reading

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Fonix… or phonics?

Michael Gove has suggested that year one children be tested on their reading using words like ‘zort’ and ‘koob’. I like to think some subversive wag inserted ‘koob’ into the test. Perhaps they could add ‘werd’, too.  Anecdotal evidence suggests that … Continue reading

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To blog or not to blog

Is blogging  useful? Creative? Time wasting?  Does it matter if no one but you ever reads it? Am pondering these questions but meanwhile, inspired by the awesome Sarah McIntyre, who blogs as she breathes , and Helena Pielichaty (ditto) here … Continue reading

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AGENTS, BLOGS, VALENTINES, ILLUSTRATORS, COMEDY NITES, ASYLUM….

FEBRUARY: What is there about February that is worth celebrating? Cold…. Snow… and  Valentine’s Day… This year is Leap year, so on Feb 29th, we get a whole extra day. Perhaps time will stand still. Why not take the day … Continue reading

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Farewell Ronald Searle 1920-2011

Another hero bites the dust. Ronald Searle, gargantuan satirist, ineffable draughtsman, survivor and brilliant chronicler of the notorious Burmese railway, has died aged 91. Best known in the UK for Molesworth and St Trinians, Searle was an inspiration to Steve … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS SEASON TO BE JOLLY

  You can see more of my Christmas cartoons here And here is DORIS, the cleaner, celebrating on a similar theme: Meanwhile, Flowkwee, my ALIEN SCHOOLBOY, is having trouble with his winter clothes: He think Father Christmas is a god … Continue reading

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ROALD DAHL, TOWER HAMLETS, PRIZES, LITERACY GALORE.

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, No comfortable feel in any member– No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds– November! – Thomas Hood My November was quite cheery, though. Nov 4th … Continue reading

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AWARDS, EXHIBITIONS, ALIENS SIGHTED IN CHELTENHAM, FAMILIES

  The Guardian has put up a gallery of pictures from “Letters from an Alien Schoolboy’ But  Earthlings are documenting Aliens everywhere. Here’s a sinister one I found lurking about at the Cheltenham Literary festival.  Could it be by Imogen? … Continue reading

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JUST IMAGINE and HALLOWEEN

Charming young Earthlings enjoying ‘Letters from an Alien Schoolboy’ and ‘Cosmic Custard’ I really enjoyed my visit to the warm and welcoming Just Imagine Story Centre in Chelmsford . It’s a beautiful shop, brimming with wonderful books and exquisite dressing up … Continue reading

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THE BIG DRAW

Busy week for me, because I really like just sitting around dreaming. Or quietly drawing. But I wish everybody would draw more, so that’s why I mosied along to The Guardian newspaper’s  BIG DRAW last Saturday. Here is just one … Continue reading

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