Published Works



As Author-Illustrator:


GREENBEARD THE PIRATE PIG - First Ideas Publishing 




As Illustrator:


MOUSE VACATION-written by Philip Roy, Ronsdale Press

 MOUSE PET-written by Philip Roy, Ronsdale Press

JELLYBEAN MOUSE-written by Philip Roy, Ronsdale Press 

MOUSE TALES - written by Philip Roy, Ronsdale Press  

THE TINY ELEPHANT - Small World Publishing


As Author:


THE GIFT - Reed Publishing, Heinemann Education

THE FORTY COATS MAN - Reed Publishing, Heinemann Education

ME, DAN AND THE DRAGONFLY - Reed Publishing, Heinemann Education

SAVING ZOOP - Reed Publishing, Heinemann Education

TOAST WITH MISS LILY - Pearson Education (Raupo)

THE AMAZING FRANKIE - Pearson Education (Raupo)

THE WILD ONES - (non-fiction) Pearson Education (Raupo) 

THE PRESENT - Nitty Gritty Novels series from Pearson Education (Raupo)



Magazines and E-zines:

Written and/or illustrated stories for:

  • Highlights for Children Magazine
  • Wee Ones Online Magazine
  • Varqa Magazine
  • What If? Magazine 
  • The Shantyman
  • Homebase Magazine 


 “Wonderful! What a delightful hero (and crew) ye have in Greenbeard! Oblivious to danger—focused on what CAN BE rather than the nay-saying of a well-intentioned rat. And the plush toy and song are an added delight! We’d sail with Greenbeard any day!”

—Cap’n Slappy and Chumbucket, Founders of Talk Like a Pirate Day




NEW this fall! In the newest installment of the Happy the Pocket Mouse series, Happy is determined to go somewhere exciting for a vacation.


Mouse Pet came out in Fall of 2015. It was included in the 2016 Spring issue of the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens.!



"Andrea Torrey Balsara continues to provide the only illustrations that could epitomize John and Happy: the calm, steadfastness of John and the thoughtful, inquisitive Happy.  I don't know whether it's her palette of colours (Happy has a lovely mauve hue to his fur) or the straggly nature of her lines, as in Happy's whiskers, or the softness of John's eyewear and Happy's roundish belly and massive, interested eyes..."

~CanLit for Little Canadians

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"Andrea Torrey Balsara, a new illustrator definitely to watch in youngCanLit, gets the right mix of sweetness and reality, never going saccharine on the characters or the setting..."

~CanLit for Little Canadians

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forthcoming books
  • MOUSE VACATION, Book 4 in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series from Ronsdale Press | written by Philip Roy, illustrated by Andrea Torrey Balsara

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