A Squash and a Squeeze 25th Anniversary Edition by Julia Donaldson
  

A Squash and a Squeeze 25th Anniversary Edition

Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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Celebrate twenty-five years of this much loved classic with this special anniversary edition.

Julia Donaldson writes...A Squash and a Squeeze started its life as a song on BBC Children’s Television.The song was subsequently used on “Playdays” and included on a BBC album, sung by Floella Benjamin and Derek Griffiths.

Unknown to me, a future editor of children’s books heard this recording when her children were small and she couldn’t get it out of her head. Thirteen years later she succeeded in tracking me down via the BBC. When she phoned to ask my permission to publish an illustrated version of my words I immediately agreed – while attempting to sound as if this sort of thing happened to me every day. I loved Axel’s pictures straight away.

Axel Scheffler writes...A Squash and a Squeeze was only my second picture book. I recently learnt that before me, two other illustrators were asked to do the pictures, but perhaps they were too busy because they turned it down. If this is true, I have to be grateful to them, because this book started my long-term collaboration with Julia.

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A Squash and a Squeeze 25th Anniversary Edition by Julia Donaldson

It's the 25th anniversary of A Squash and a Squeeze! With this special, shiny anniversary edition, celebrate twenty-five years of the first ever picture book written and illustrated by the bestselling partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

''Wise old man, won't you help me, please? My house is a squash and squeeze.''A little old lady lives all by herself in her house but she's not happy - it's just too small, even for one. Whatever can she do? The wise old man knows: bring in a flappy, scratchy, greedy, noisy crowd of farmyard animals. When she pushes them all out again, she'll be amazed at how big her house feels!

A Squash and a Squeeze 25th Anniversary Edition features the classic story with a stunning foil cover and extra content. Take a peek at the illustrator's desk and see some of his early drawings, and find out how the author turned the story from a book into a stage show!

Reviews

A jolly version of the traditional tale in which a little old lady complains that her house is too small... Written in lively rhyming couplets and amusingly illustrated in bold colour, this will entertain children from 5 to about 8. And it will interest adults to see at what age children 'get

. * Books For Keeps * Pairing Donaldson's jaunty rhyming text and charming, witty illustrations by Axel Scheffler, it's no surprise that this delightful picture book has become a classic. * Booktrust *

About the Author

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of some of the world's best-loved children's books, including modern classics The Gruffaloand The Gruffalo's Child, which together have sold over 17 million copies worldwide, and the hugely successful What the Ladybird Heard adventures. Julia also writes fiction, including the Princess Mirror-Belle books illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs – and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. She was Children’s Laureate 2011-13 and has been honoured with an MBE for Services to Literature. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West Sussex and Edinburgh.

Click here to read a Q & A with Julia.

Author photo © Alex Rumford

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
32 pages
Interest Age: From 3 to 7 years

Author

Julia Donaldson
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Author's Website

www.juliadonaldson.co.uk/

Publisher

Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

29th January 2017

ISBN

9781509878802

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