The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson


The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson

With her magic paintbrush, Shen can paint steaming pots full of fish and oysters to feed the hungry people in her village. When the evil emperor commands Shen to paint gold for him, she is determined to keep her promise to paint only for the poor. Julia Donaldson's vibrant verse brings fresh life to a traditional tale of how a little girl's integrity can withstand the corruption of power and greed.


The best recent picture book is the The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson ... it is beautifully illustrated by Joel Stewart and wonderful to read aloud

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.

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32 pages
Interest Age: 3


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Publication date

20th February 2004



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