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Ros Asquith

Author of The Great Big Book of Families

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Works by Ros Asquith

The Great Big Book of Families (2010) — Illustrator — 272 copies
Babies (2000) 69 copies
I Was a Teenage Worrier (1988) 57 copies
Toddler Story Book: Ball! (1999) 21 copies
Boo! (2004) 21 copies
Water Boy (1600) 17 copies
It's Not Fairy (2012) 16 copies
DK Toddlers: My Do It! (2000) 13 copies
Love, Fifteen (2005) 13 copies
Mrs Pig's Night Out (2003) 9 copies
The Bad Trousers (2014) 8 copies
The Big Fib (2015) 6 copies
Bad Hair Days (Fab Four) (1997) 5 copies
Keep Fat Class (Fab Four) (1998) 5 copies
Pass the Parcel (2003) 4 copies
Baby! (1988) 3 copies
Baby's Shoe (2005) 2 copies
Babyer (2009) 2 copies
Drama Queen (Fab Four) (2003) 1 copy
All for One (Fab Four) (2003) 1 copy
Frock Shock (Fab Four) (2003) 1 copy

Associated Works

Charm School (1999) — Illustrator, some editions — 132 copies
The Skiver's Guide (1984) — Illustrator, some editions — 50 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 11 (2014) — Contributor — 13 copies
Women Draw 1984 (1984) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Clever Princess (1983) — Illustrator, some editions — 3 copies
Babies, Babies Everywhere! (2021) — Illustrator, some editions — 3 copies


Common Knowledge



Independent Reading Level: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Awards: SLA Information Book Award (2010-2011)
vflore21 | 30 other reviews | Dec 5, 2023 |
This book has been banned, so of course I immediately read it. The ban is at least for showing same-sex parents, I don't know if the people who banned it could tolerate anything else, like mixed-race families, etc. There's nothing remotely about sex, let alone is there anything graphic. I had to laugh when I got to the families headed by two women - a friend of mine lived like that, her father died and her aunt lived with them. In those days, her mother and aunt were probably paid less than men who did the same job, because men have to support a family. So did her mother, of course, but that's what she gets for being so careless as to lose her husband. That was back when, as the author and illustrator say, most families in books were a white heterosexual couple with a boy and a girl. It seems to me that there was also usually a baby, who might or might not have had a specified sex or gender.

I think this is terrific. The sooner people recognize that not everyone is like them, the better. Whatever the book banners might prefer, people are extremely varied, and banning this book, or any number of other books is not going to alter the fact that there has never been a time when people conformed, or were able to conform, to their ideal.

The books is charming. The illustrations are lively and expressive, and it covers an enormous range of variety - not just differences in race, gender, and number of parents, but also religion, adoption, hobbies, communication styles. Brava to both the authors.

They also produced the equally charming and also banned, Babies, Babies Everywhere.. Or perhaps that was Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyer.
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PuddinTame | 30 other reviews | Jun 25, 2023 |
Okay, this book is adorable. I love seeing all of the diversity in it, and the fact that all families, no matter who they're made up of, do a lot of the same things and have a lot of the same feelings. Awesome celebration of all types of families!
kerribrary | 30 other reviews | Mar 5, 2023 |
Beh, diciamo che non era particolarmente indicato per una bambina di 9 anni! Infatti ricordo che mia mamma aveva tentato (invano) di tagliarlo a metà.. Probabilmente era fatto di acciaio temperato e quindi non ce l'ha fatta a ridurlo in brandelli :D
Sarà, ma a me piaceva leggerlo e "istruirmi", anche se ora non so quanto mi possa esser stato utile ahah :P
XSassyPants | Jun 11, 2022 |


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