Tina Holdcroft

I’ve illustrated many books.

(here’s just a few)

2011 annick press


“Readers will enjoy this cartoon history of espionage through the ages. The tales are so good that it reads like a graphic novel; the history is well researched and turns up some surprising stories that even the most devoted of spy fans will never have heard of. The copious illustrations are both funny and informative. It’s rare to find a work that balances knowledge, enjoyment, and visual antics as well as this book does. Highly recommended!”
—Wesley Wark, Professor and intelligence expert, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, 02/11

“… a hilarious nonfiction romp into top-secret enemy territory.”
—Foreword Reviews, 05/11

“… an immensely fun and enlightening book that many readers will find absolutely absorbing.”
—CM Magazine, 05/11

“This is a wacky collection of true espionage stories … told in such a comedic way, adults will also find this book amusing.”
—CityParent.com, 06/11

“A happy confluence of talent, expertise and personal enthusiasm SPY, SPY AGAIN is an engaging and rewarding experience for any reader …”
—The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, 07/11

“… this fun fact-filled book has some of the craziest stories that spies wish they didn’t have to admit were real.”
—eezbookreviews.pbworks.co, 07/11

“James Bond would cringe at these cleverly reconstructed espionage failures; kids will eat them up.”
—Kirkus Reviews, 09/11

“Children will love Holdcroft’s graphic, cartoony approach, not to mention her fabulous tales of misadventure.”
—January Magazine, 12/11


“If you, too, want to know more about the ‘wonders down under’ I recommend this book. You don't even have to get your feet wet!”
—Jean-Michel Cousteau, President, Ocean Futures Society

“Holdcroft's latest book covers 10 underwater discoveries that will fascinate the sophisticated eight to twelve-year-old ... The purpose of the ‘Hidden!’ books is clearly to supply a fun, visually appealing introduction to a variety of historical, archeological, and natural sciences topics. The detailed illustrations add a great source of information and considerable humor. Mixing fact and fun is a wonderful way to present information to kids...”
—CM Magazine

“Tina Holdcroft has created a buffet of adventure for the keen eyes of disaster fans. The book is loaded with facts and questions/answers ... a fun reading experience.”
—Resource Links

Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award finalist


“Readers of this great little book will have a fun time ... contains a host of historical nuggets and fun asides that add up to one great experience ... this is an excellent source of historical and archaeological information and a wonderful way to introduce students to both subjects.”

“Plenty of spine chilling, eyebrow raising facts await the reader ... a fun and engaging approach to an intriguing topic ... Highly Recommended.”
—CM Reviews

“... bursts with fun ...”
—Resource Links

2004 annick press

2003 annick press

Published 2003

Published 2004

Published 2011

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In between illustration jobs, I’ve also written three books (which I illustrated too of course).

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