Books by Ross Collins

ROBOT RUMPUS! by Sean Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Subpar. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Once more into the night, when feckless parents leave their kid in the charge of defective robots. Read full book review >
SPIDER STAMPEDE by Ali Sparkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"A buggy blast; readers will be happy with the clear signs that that the twins' career as experimental subjects is far from over. (line drawings, glossary) (Fantasy. 7-9)"
A spray of strange fluid gives 8-year-old twins Josh and Danny both six extra legs and a quick trip down the bathtub drain in this icky but informative series opener. Read full book review >
FLY FRENZY by Ali Sparkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Readers will suck up this quick and gooey adventure like the 'fly-spit smoothie' that it is. (line drawings) (Fantasy. 7-9)"
The plot thickens with complications, plus various sorts of goo and slime, in the second episode of this boys-as-bugs series. Read full book review >
WHEN I WOKE UP I WAS A HIPPOPOTAMUS by Tom McRae
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A sweet, if literal exploration of changing moods, it will likely have readers imagining their own transformations. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Collins' artwork serves as an immediate draw to this rambunctious tale of a comically shape-shifting young boy. Read full book review >
DOODLEDAY by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"A nifty heir to Harold and the Purple Crayon. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Mom departs for the store with emphatic instructions that Harvey mustn't draw because today is "Doodleday," but Harvey doesn't obey this baffling edict. Read full book review >
WHERE GIANTS HIDE by Mij Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Make sure to experience this ebullient celebration. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A small girl searches for magic across bright red and blue pages. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2010

"That, too, should be fun. (cast list) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A quick dwarf-spotting expedition into the Unreliable Forest takes a disquieting turn for young Gracie Gillypot and her scruffy royal friend, Prince Marcus, in this third story set in the cozy though occasionally dangerous Five Kingdoms. Read full book review >
EMILY’S FORTUNE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
ADVENTURE
Released: June 8, 2010

"Great fun. (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
Naylor takes readers on a rollicking ride to the Wild West in this comedy-adventure starring a tiny, extremely shy eight-year-old orphan, Emily, her pet turtle, Rufus, and a wild boy named Jackson who comes to her rescue. Read full book review >
DEAR VAMPA by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Patricia Polacco's The Graves Family (2003) would doubtless have made more resilient neighbors. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a letter to his Transylvanian grandfather young Bram Pire tallies complaints against his new next-door neighbors the Wolfsons: They stay up and make noise all day. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2009

"Fans of Jean Ferris's Once Upon a Marigold (2002) and like light fare will be much amused by all the dashing about, the quick brushes with danger and the undercurrents of budding, clumsy romance. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The Five Kingdoms almost come in for a spot of trouble in this airy sequel to Robe of Skulls (2008), when a witch from beyond the More Enchanted Forest arrives with evil intentions and a bagful of forbidden Deep Magic. Read full book review >
THE ROBE OF SKULLS by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"Larded with stock comical characters and illustrated with Collins's gangly, Beardsley-esque line drawings, the story will slip down like the bonbon it is. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Conceiving a burning desire for a new gown—black velvet, decorated with poison ivy, spider webs and skulls—wicked Lady Lamorna decides to pay for it by turning all the local princes into frogs and extracting ransoms from their royal parents. Read full book review >
MEDUSA JONES by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Would work especially well alongside a unit on Greek mythology. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A fast-paced and funny middle-school drama about popularity and teasing with a mythological twist. Read full book review >
TRUST ME, MOM! by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Ollie's wonderful insouciance will reassure young readers and bolster them in their own fledgling attempts at independence. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young boy's quest for independence begins with one step—out the front door, that is, to the local store for some cheese. Read full book review >
GERMS by Ross Collins
by Ross Collins, illustrated by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2004

"The premise of a good-hearted chicken-pox germ that can choose to work against illness doesn't make sense and belies the implied science education, but well-designed pictures provide cartoony amusement for the snot-loving crowd. (fact file) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sweet, eagerly gross illustrations improve this tale that's unsure whether it wants to be partly educational or just goofy. Read full book review >
THE THREE GRUMPIES by Tamra Wight
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Great humorous relief to help alleviate those bad-tempered days. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When anger breeds more anger, laughter is the contagious solution. Read full book review >
NUFF SAID by Herbie Brennan
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Though more sequels are almost certainly on their way, enuff is enuff for now. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Taking up where Fairy Nuff (p. 801) leaves off, this equally madcap import features the world's most expensive housewarming party, stampeding elephants, a humongous explosion, interspecies romance, and, as they say, much, much more. Read full book review >
ALVIE EATS SOUP by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"As the back cover says: 'Contains nutcases suitable for vegetarians'—and a surefire recipe for chuckles. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In stylish, quip-laden scenes, Collins (Fairy Nuff, p. 801, etc.) presents a picky eater extraordinaire. Read full book review >
FAIRY NUFF by Herbie Brennan
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Fair enuff. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Feckless but clever when it counts, young Fairy Nuff does accidentally blow up his woodland house—but on the bright side, he then helps to thwart a nuffarious neighbor's plot to take over the Empire, earns a knighthood, and makes twenty thousand billion pounds to boot in this veddy British farce. Read full book review >