The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson
  

The Paper Dolls

Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

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Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - June 2013 Book of the Month - Shortlisted for the 2013 Scottish Children’s Book Award

Best-selling Julia Donaldson’s light footed text captures the magical creation of a chain of paper dolls and all the imaginative games they can play. Dancing, flying, jumping, the five paper dolls joined together by holding hands, escape from the jaws of a crocodile, ride on a bus, lie on the rooftops to look at the stars and much, much more in the hands of the little girl who made them. When disaster strikes, the memory of their happy days remain and is handed down to another little girl many years later. Rebecca Cobb’s illustrations capture the magic perfectly.

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The winners of each of the categories - 3-7, 8-11 and 12-16 - of the Scottish Children’s Book Award 2013 are voted for by children and will be announced in March 2014. If you would like to register to vote, visit www.scottishbooktrust.com. You can also add a review on their site and here at Lovereading we would also be delighted to receive reviews of any of the shortlisted titles, which we will load on to the site. Just email your review through to bookreviews@lovereading.co.uk

Synopsis

The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson

A string of paper dolls go on a fantastical adventure through the house and out into the garden. They soon escape the clutches of the toy dinosaur and the snapping jaws of the oven-glove crocodile, but then a very real pair of scissors threatens.

A stunning, rhythmical story of childhood, memory and the power of imagination from the author of The Gruffalo, and new illustrating talent Rebecca Cobb.

Julia Donaldson says:
‘The Paper Dolls is a book which is very close to my heart, and I’m delighted we can promote it in such a creative way. I regularly receive letters and pictures from children who have read my books and they have such wonderful imaginations, I can’t wait to see the designs we receive. I’m pleased too that we will be supporting Save the Children through this initiative, which does such vital work on the behalf of children all over the world.’

Would you like to help break a World Record and support problems of child literacy? Macmillan Children's Books are hoping to create the world's longest chain of paper dolls & will give 10p to Save the Children for every paper doll you submit - to find out more information on this worthy project click here.

Reviews

A picturebook that seems simple but gets richer every time you look at it... Cobb's illustrations capture the joy of childhood; between them, she and the Children's Laureate have made a book that works like magic. -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times The Paper Dolls and The Crocodile Who DIdn't Like Water [and My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish] were all picked as top summer reads in the Metro this week. The selectors included George Hanratty from Tales on Moon Lane bookshop and Katherine Woodfine from Booktrust. metro.co.uk Rebecca Cobb's beautifully drawn and colourful illustrations are absolutely charming... I don't want to spoil the ending, but I can say that the inherent message of the story, that nothing is truly destroyed once it becomes a memory, left us both feeling surprisingly contented! muffandteacake.co.uk

About the Author

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the prize-winning author of the world’s most-loved picture books including What the Ladybird Heard and The Gruffalo, the latter of which has sold over 14 million copies worldwide, been translated into 50 languages and been adapted into a popular animated film. She was the UK Children’s Laureate from 2011-2013 and was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to Literature. Julia lives in West Sussex and Edinburgh.

Click here to read a Q & A with Julia.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
32 pages
Interest Age: From 3

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

6th June 2013

ISBN

9781447220145

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