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Julia Donaldson - Author

About the Author

Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented prize-winning author of some of the world's best-loved children's books, including modern classics The Gruffalo and 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. She has collaborated with artists such as Sara Ogilvie, David Roberts, and on her book Animalphabet with Sharon King-Chai.

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Featured books by Julia Donaldson

The Ugly Five

The Ugly Five

3+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2017

The Smartest Giant 15th Anniversary Edition

The Smartest Giant 15th Anniversary Edition

5+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/12/2016

A new, limited edition of the modern classic The Smartest Giant in Town. George wished he wasn't the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides it's time for a new look: smart trousers, smart shirt, stripy tie, shiny shoes. Now he's the smartest giant in town...until he bumps into some animals who desperately need his help - and his clothes! Join George on his journey in this special anniversary edition. 

Spinderella

Spinderella

5+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

A fantastic new picture book all about a football-playing spider, written by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, with glorious full colour illustrations from the talented Sebastian Braun and a sparkling, glittery foiled cover. Spinderella the spider has a passion for football! She tries to play a match with her brothers and sisters but she doesn't know how many spiders should be on each team. Even worse, she can't count the goals! Luckily for Spinderella, her Hairy Godmother has a plan...Julia Donaldson does it again in this hugely engaging and funny story all about football, spiders and counting - what's not to love! The perfect picture book for children of all ages - boys and girls alike. Julia Donaldson is the internationally renowned author of the best-loved picture books in the world, including The Gruffalo, What the Ladybird Heard, Sugarlump and the Unicorn and Night Monkey, Day Monkey. Julia Donaldson's collaborations with Axel Scheffler have sold millions of copies, and Room on the Broom is now an Academy Award-nominated short film. Sebastian Braun studied fine and applied arts at Strasbourg University. He moved to London in 2000 and since then has been working exclusively on children's picture books, having been published by Orchard, Walker, Campbell, HarperCollins and Puffin.

Zog and the Flying Doctors

Zog and the Flying Doctors

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are at their sparkling best in this fabulously original sequel to the bestselling ZOG.

The Scarecrows' Wedding

The Scarecrows' Wedding

Baby and Toddler 3+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2016

THE SCARECROWS' WEDDING is the eagerly awaited new picture book from the creators of THE GRUFFALO and STICK MAN, now available in paperback. Written in Julia Donaldson's glorious rhyme and illustrated in glowing colour by Axel Scheffler, THE SCARECROWS' WEDDING is a fabulous love story, with drama, humour, originality - and a happy ending! Two scarecrows, Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay, are planning the perfect wedding. But wicked scarecrow, Reginald Rake, has other ideas and almost ruins their special day. Harry must become a hero before he and Betty can have the wedding of their dreams.

The Gruffalo Annual

The Gruffalo Annual

3+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2015

The official Gruffalo Annual is bursting with fun stories, perfect puzzles and amazing activities, featuring all your favourite characters from the deep dark wood. With 64 pages filled with crafts, recipes, quizzes, games, drawing, writing and colouring-in, it's enough to keep Gruffalo fans busy all year round! From the award-winning duo Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the creators of The Gruffalo.

The Flying Bath

The Flying Bath

3+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Fly across the world in the amazing Flying Bath!

Princess Mirror-Belle

Princess Mirror-Belle

7+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

A collection of funny and exciting Princess Mirror-Belle adventures from the much-loved author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson - perfect for newly independent readers.

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Princess Mirror-Belle and the Party Hoppers

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Party Hoppers

7+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Magically mischievous Mirror-Belle is back and ready to sweep Ellen off on more exciting and hilarious escapades. From the much-loved author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson - perfect for newly independent readers.

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Stick Man Book & Floor Puzzle Gift Set

Stick Man Book & Floor Puzzle Gift Set

Baby and Toddler 3+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 02/10/2014

Creators of The Gruffalo, best selling author/ illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are back with another bestseller on their hands. “Stick Man lives in the family tree/ with Stick Lady love/ And his children three”.But one day Stick Man is pounced on by a dog. Help! This is not what Stick Man wants….While others find many ignominious uses for Stick Man – a bat, a pen, a bow and a boomerang among others – Stick Man does all he can to find his way back home…And, happily, he does! A brilliant visual treat now available as a stunning gift set, containing a mini paperback of the book and a 24-piece floor puzzle.

Stick Man and Other Stories

Stick Man and Other Stories

Baby and Toddler 3+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Gorgeous mini gift editions of Stick Man, Tabby McTat and The Highway Rat, presented in an irresistible slipcase. All three stories are written in Julia Donaldson's fabulous rhyme and illustrated by the inimitable Axel Scheffler, of Gruffalo fame. A Review from Julia Eccleshare for The Highway Rat - Best-selling author/ illustrator combination Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up for another great adventure. Many of the creatures that appear in The Gruffalo feature in this rollicking adventure of a greedy Highway Rat and how he is outwitted by a very clever duck. Axel Scheffler’s animals are as full of vivid expression as usual.

The Scarecrows' Wedding

The Scarecrows' Wedding

5+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2014

Best-selling Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have paired up again for a rollickingly good picture book. Scarecrows Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay have stood next to each other in a field for some time. Now they are planning to get married and they want to have ‘the best wedding yet’. But the rascally Reginald Rake looks set to scupper their good intentions. Can Betty and Harry save the day? Funny and touching and filled with some familiar looking creatures! ~ Julia Eccleshare

Poems to Perform A Classic Collection Chosen by the Children's Laureate

Poems to Perform A Classic Collection Chosen by the Children's Laureate

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2014

In Poems to Perform, Julia Donaldson has chosen poems with performance by children in mind, and her notes and ideas on performing them are included in a special section at the end of the book. Julia's passionate belief that performance can help children enjoy reading and grow in confidence is informed by her own experience both as a child and now, working with groups of children to bring stories, poems and songs to life. The poems range from classics by Edward Lear, W H Auden and Eleanor Farjeon to contemporary work by Michael Rosen, John Agard and Clare Bevan. Illustrated throughout with exquisite, expressive lino-cuts by Clare Melinsky, this is a book for teachers, parents, children: anyone who loves great poetry.

Gruffalo's Child Sound Book

Gruffalo's Child Sound Book

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Novelty book Release Date: 12/09/2013

All the sounds of story can be played on the buttons attached to this version of the bestselling The Gruffalo’s Child. Readers will love being able to bring the different animals – and the weather! – to life as the Gruffalo’s Child steps out on an adventure.  The perfect Christmas gift!

Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds: Tadpoles and Other Stories

Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds: Tadpoles and Other Stories

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2012

The Children's Laureate and bestselling author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson has carefully created the Songbirds Phonics series to support parents and teachers in helping children learning to read. Julia Donaldson has captivated children all over the world with her lively and engaging stories. This series of books under the Songbirds name builds children's confidence through a clear phonics development with gradual progression to build reading confidence and success. This Stage 4 Songbirds collection contains 6 exciting phonics stories in 1!  These are perfect for parents to read at home with their kids to establish a really strong love of reading and to build confidence. Julia Donaldson says: "Creating the 'Songbirds' series was an enormous challenge of my favourite kind. Almost every word in every book had to be phonically decodable, and yet I wanted to write real stories which children would enjoy reading. I was determined also that the content and illustrations should be as varied as possible, as I know how children’s tastes differ and how monotonous some reading schemes can be. So some of the stories are in prose, some in rhyme, some are realistic and others fantastical." Click here to see more books by Julia Donaldson, including other Songbirds collections.

Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds: Where Is the Snail and Other Stories

Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds: Where Is the Snail and Other Stories

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2012

The Children's Laureate and bestselling author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson has carefully created the Songbirds Phonics series to support parents and teachers in helping children learning to read. Julia Donaldson has captivated children all over the world with her lively and engaging stories. This series of books under the Songbirds name builds children's confidence through a clear phonics development with gradual progression to build reading confidence and success. This Stage 3 Songbirds collection contains 6 exciting phonics stories in 1!  These are perfect for parents to read at home with their kids to establish a really strong love of reading and to build confidence. Julia Donaldson says: "Creating the 'Songbirds' series was an enormous challenge of my favourite kind. Almost every word in every book had to be phonically decodable, and yet I wanted to write real stories which children would enjoy reading. I was determined also that the content and illustrations should be as varied as possible, as I know how children’s tastes differ and how monotonous some reading schemes can be. So some of the stories are in prose, some in rhyme, some are realistic and others fantastical." Click here to see more books by Julia Donaldson, including other Songbirds collections.

Other books by Julia Donaldson

The Ugly Five Early Reader

The Ugly Five Early Reader

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

From the bestselling author and illustrator duo of The Gruffalo! Who's that singing on the savannah? It's the top-five ugly animals in Africa! The wildebeest, warthog, vulture, hyena and marabou stork swagger proudly across the savannah, rejoicing in their ugliness - and delighting their babies, who think they're perfect just the waythey are. Inspired by the real-life Ugly Five safari animals, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's gorgeous picture book is a jubilant celebration of animals who are often rather unloved. The funny, heart-warming rhyme is a joy to read aloud, while bold, comical illustrations bring the savannah spectacularly to life. From the ceators of The Gruffalo, Stick Man and ZOG, which have all been made into animated films shown on BBC1 This Early Reader edition contains the complete classic story and pictures, in a pocket-book format, and with an extra-clear font and layout, to support children who are gaining confidence in reading.

Gruffalo, Where Are You? A Felt Flaps Book

Gruffalo, Where Are You? A Felt Flaps Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 05/03/2020

You're never too young to meet a Gruffalo! Lift the soft felt flaps on every page to meet all your favourite characters from the deep dark wood. With soft fabric flaps which are easy to lift and help develop fine motor skills, this felt flaps book is perfect for sharing with babies. Designed to appeal to even the youngest child, simple patterns and bright colours combine with Axel Scheffler's instantly recognizable artwork to keep babies entertained for hours. Perfect for tiny Gruffalo fans, Gruffalo, Where Are You? is part of a charming range of books specially created for babies featuring Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's iconic creation, the Gruffalo. Also available in the Gruffalo Baby series: Say Hello to the Gruffalo and Gruffalo, What Can You Hear?

Tales From Acorn Wood Little Library

Tales From Acorn Wood Little Library

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 20/02/2020

Join Fox, Pig, Rabbit, Bear and all their friends in the Tales From Acorn Wood Little Library, including four early learning books based on the bestselling preschool series by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of the modern classic The Gruffalo. Learn all about playing together and helping each other in Friends, spot Bear's red waistcoat, Fox's blue socks and the yellow flowers in Rabbit's garden in Colours, find out who's awake and who's asleep in Opposites - and then in Counting, count from one Pig playing hide-and-seek to ten friends enjoying a sunny picnic in Acorn Wood! These four fun and sturdy board books are brought together in a miniature box that is just right for little hands - the perfect gift for toddlers.

Monkey Puzzle Make and Do

Monkey Puzzle Make and Do

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Packed with craft activities and over 200 stickers, Monkey Puzzle Make and Do book is a great gift for any child - ideal for rainy days and holidays. Where is Monkey's mummy? It's not too much fun being lost in the jungle, and little monkey wants his mum. A kindly butterfly is keen to help, but they don't seem to be having much luck and keep finding the wrong animals! Join in their adventures with this fun craft book - make your own jungle card game, create a pair of brilliant butterfly wings to wear, and find out lots of clever and creative ways to turn your handprints into your favourite jungle animals! Based on the bestselling picture book, Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.

The Snail and the Whale Make and Do

The Snail and the Whale Make and Do

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Packed with make and do activities and over 200 stickers, The Snail and the Whale Make and Do book is a great gift for any child - ideal for rainy days and holidays. One little snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and through sun, snow and stormy seas. Join in their adventures with this fun craft book - make a penguin pencil pot, create a tropical erupting volcano and find out how to turn an empty shoebox into your very own underwater world! Based on the bestselling picture book, The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.

The Go-Away Bird

The Go-Away Bird

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

A gorgeous story about friendship and working together from a star picture-book partnership, the inimitable Julia Donaldson and award-winning Catherine Rayner. 'The Go-Away bird sat up in her nest, With her fine grey wings and her fine grey crest.' One by one, the other birds fly into her tree, wanting to talk or to play, but the Go-Away bird just shakes her head and sends them all away. But then the dangerous Get-You bird comes along, and she soon realizes that she might need some friends after all . . . The Go-Away Bird combines brilliant rhyming verse from much-loved children's author Julia Donaldson, creator of the bestselling picture books The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard, with stunning illustrations from the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Catherine Rayner. A charming story about the power of friendship from a thrilling creative partnership, this beautiful book is perfect for reading together.

Who's on the Farm? A What the Ladybird Heard Book

Who's on the Farm? A What the Ladybird Heard Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 10/01/2020

Who can you find down on the farm? Based on Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks' bestselling picture books, What the Ladybird Heard and What the Ladybird Heard Next, children will love lifting the large flaps in this bright and cheery board book to find all their favourite characters. Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh have fallen into a heap of muck (yuk!) and the hairy hog is behind a haystack, but who could that be hiding behind a leaf? Might it be a certain ladybird . . . Full of farmyard fun and with a gorgeously glittery cover, Who's on the Farm? is sure to delight.

Rabbit's Nap 20th Anniversary Edition

Rabbit's Nap 20th Anniversary Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 09/01/2020

Lift the flaps and join in the fun with this special anniversary edition of the bestselling preschool classic, Rabbit's Nap by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Rabbit is trying to get to sleep, but everyone is being so noisy. Lift the flaps and find out who is keeping Rabbit awake! Will she ever have her nap? With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, the Tales from Acorn Wood series has been delighting both parents and toddlers for over twenty years. Celebrate their unending appeal with Rabbit's Nap 20th Anniversary Edition. Discover more stories in the Tales from Acorn Wood series: Fox's Socks 20th Anniversary Edition, Hide-and-Seek Pig 20th Anniversary Edition and Postman Bear 20th Anniversary Edition.

Fox's Socks 20th Anniversary Edition

Fox's Socks 20th Anniversary Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 09/01/2020

Lift the flaps and join in the fun with this special anniversary edition of the bestselling preschool classic, Fox's Socks by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Poor old Fox has lost his socks - can you help him find them? Are they in the kitchen or under the stairs? Are they inside the clock or hidden in a chest? Lift the flaps and find out! With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, the Tales from Acorn Wood series has been delighting both parents and toddlers for over twenty years. Celebrate their unending appeal with Fox's Socks: 20th Anniversary Edition. Discover more stories in the Tales from Acorn Wood series: Rabbit's Nap: 20th Anniversary Edition, Hide-and-Seek Pig: 20th Anniversary Edition and Postman Bear: 20th Anniversary Edition.

Postman Bear 20th Anniversary Edition

Postman Bear 20th Anniversary Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 09/01/2020

Lift the flaps and join in the fun with this special anniversary edition of the bestselling preschool classic, Postman Bear by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Bear is writing letters to his friends. But what could his letters be about? Lift the flaps and join Frog, Squirrel and Mole for Bear's special surprise! With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, the Tales from Acorn Wood series has been delighting both parents and toddlers for over twenty years. Celebrate their unending appeal with Postman Bear 20th Anniversary Edition. Discover more stories in the Tales from Acorn Wood series: Fox's Socks 20th Anniversary Edition, Rabbit's Nap 20th Anniversary Edition and Hide-and-Seek Pig 20th Anniversary Edition.

Hide-and-Seek Pig 20th Anniversary Edition

Hide-and-Seek Pig 20th Anniversary Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 09/01/2020

Lift the flaps and join in the fun with this special anniversary edition of the bestselling preschool classic, Hide-and-Seek Pig by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Pig and Hen are playing hide-and-seek. But where on earth could Hen be? Can you lift the flaps and help Pig find out where Hen is hiding? With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, the Tales from Acorn Wood series has been delighting both parents and toddlers for over twenty years. Celebrate their unending appeal with Hide-and-Seek Pig 20th Anniversary Edition. Discover more stories in the Tales from Acorn Wood series: Fox's Socks 20th Anniversary Edition, Rabbit's Nap 20th Anniversary Edition and Postman Bear 20th Anniversary Edition.

Charlie Cook's Favourite Book 15th Anniversary Edition

Charlie Cook's Favourite Book 15th Anniversary Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

Celebrate the joy of books and reading with this special anniversary edition of Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, featuring the much-loved original story plus additional bonus content. Charlie Cook is reading a book about a pirate captain, who is reading a book about Goldilocks, who is reading about a knight, who is reading about a frog . . . From kings and queens to aliens and ghosts, there's something for everyone in Charlie's amazing book of adventure! Charlie Cook's Favourite Book 15th Anniversary Edition features the classic story by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo, as well extra-special additional content to celebrate the anniversary year.

The Snail and the Whale Sticker Book

The Snail and the Whale Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

Packed with games, activities and over four hundred stickers, The Snail and the Whale Sticker Book is a great gift for any child - ideal for journeys, rainy days and holidays. One little snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and through sun, snow and stormy seas. Follow them on their adventures in this fun sticker activity book, based on the bestselling picture book, The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.

The Zog and the Flying Doctors Sticker Book (PB)

The Zog and the Flying Doctors Sticker Book (PB)

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

Everyone's favourite accident-prone dragon, ZOG, isback, this time with STICKERS! This fantastic new activity book is based on the bestselling book ZOG AND THE FLYING DOCTORS, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This book is packed with: colouring-in, stickers, dot-to-dots, puzzles, spot the difference, mazes, simple word searches, So, there's plenty to keep ZOG fans busy for hours.

There's an Owl in My Towel

There's an Owl in My Towel

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 30/12/2019

There's an Owl in My Towel is a beautiful and engaging book for little ones from Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb, the creators of the bestselling The Paper Dolls and The Everywhere Bear. It's tricky to have breakfast when there's a mole in your bowl! Gentle humour abounds as one baby's every activity is thwarted by a variety of surprising animals. But who wouldn't be happy to find a ted in their bed? Featuring satisfyingly simple rhyming text and charming illustrations on fresh white backgrounds, this gorgeous board book is a perfect gift. With big flaps to lift and irresistible actions throughout, children are sure to delight in joining in. And that's not all, because there's an online song to enjoy too! Written and recorded by Julia Donaldson, the wonderful 'There's an Owl in My Towel' song is the perfect accompaniment to the book and sure to become a favourite sing-along tune.

The Gruffalo 20th Anniversary Edition

The Gruffalo 20th Anniversary Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/12/2019

This special 20th anniversary edition of The Gruffalo is a must-have addition to the bookshelves of all Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler fans - big and small! The Gruffalo 20th Anniversary Edition features a wrap-around deep dark wood play scene and press-out characters for an interactive reading experience, plus additional book content including The Gruffalo Song lyrics, a Gruffalo quiz, tips for putting on a Gruffalo show - and more! A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good. Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with a fox, an owl, a snake . . . and a hungry Gruffalo! Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's The Gruffalo is an undisputed modern classic and has become a bestselling phenomenon around the world. This award-winning rhyming story of a mouse and a monster has found its way into the hearts and bedtimes of an entire generation of children over the past twenty years, and will undoubtedly continue to enchant children for years and years to come. No home should be without The Gruffalo!

The Snail and the Whale Festive Edition

The Snail and the Whale Festive Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 06/12/2019

The Snail and the Whale is a delightful tale of adventure and friendship from the bestselling Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. This special festive edition features the classic story with a gorgeous wintry cover design - perfect for sharing together with the whole family. This is the tale of a tiny snail And a great big grey-blue humpback whale . . . When one little snail longs to see the big wide world, she hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together, they set sail on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it's up to the tiny snail to save the day. Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's brilliant story of unlikely friendship and life-changing adventure will be brought to life on BBC One this Christmas, starring Sally Hawkins, Rob Brydon, Cariad Lloyd and Dame Diana Rigg. With a gorgeous wintry cover design, The Snail and the Whale Festive Edition is perfect for reading together.

Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 02/12/2019

How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind. A very funny story of quick wits and friendship, Room on the Broom is another smash hit from the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand. Luckily, they are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, who are all keen for a ride on the broom. It's a case of the more, the merrier, but the broomstick isn't used to such a heavy load and it's not long before . . . SNAP! It breaks in two! And with a greedy dragon looking for a snack, the witch's animal pals better think fast! This handy board book format is perfect for younger readers. It features the classic story with a stunning redesigned cover and beautiful finish, making it a must-have for even the smallest Donaldson and Scheffler fans! Also available in board book format and with striking redesigned covers are: The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, The Snail and the Whale, The Smartest Giant in Town, Monkey Puzzle, Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, and A Squash and a Squeeze.

A Squash and a Squeeze

A Squash and a Squeeze

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Wise old man, won't you help me, please? My house is a squash and squeeze. Visit the farm in the brilliantly funny A Squash and a Squeeze, the first ever picture book written and illustrated by the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. A little old lady lives all by herself but she's not happy - her house is 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!

The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 30/11/2019

How I long to sail! said the tiny snail. The Snail and the Whale is a delightful tale of adventure and friendship by the unparalleled partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. One little snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it's the tiny snail's big plan that saves the day! Read aloud by actress Imelda Staunton, it will delight all Donaldson and Scheffler fans - big and small!

Chariots and Champions A Roman Play

Chariots and Champions A Roman Play

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2019

A short, illustrated play set in ancient Rome, perfect for class reading as well as performance, written by Julia Donaldson, author of the modern classic, The Gruffalo. Arthur Godbold discovers a bronze head of the Roman Emperor Claudius. As he tries to figure out how the head ended up in a Suffolk river, the dramatic story of the Roman invasion of Britain unfolds in front of his very own eyes. Emperor Claudius, British Queen Boudicca, ordinary Roman soldiers and British slave girls all appear in this exciting play, providing a variety of opportunities for KS2 classes to explore both historical and literary topics in an involving and creative setting.

Bombs and Blackberries

Bombs and Blackberries

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

A short illustrated play set in World War Two, perfect for class reading as well as performance, written by Julia Donaldson, author of the modern classic The Gruffalo. Perfect for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in 2019. World War Two has been declared and the Chiver's children are sent to the safety of the countryside. They are delighted to be brought back home when it looks like the Germans aren't going to invade after all. But the air-raid siren goes off and this time it's frighteningly real. This dramatic and touching play brings Manchester during the Second World War and its people to life, and provides a variety of opportunities for school classes to explore both historical and literacy topics in an involving and creative setting. Also includes helpful tips on staging and costume. 'This touching play brings to life the Second World War in a very accessible way for junior children' - Books for Keeps

The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2019

How I long to sail! said the tiny snail. The Snail and the Whale is a delightful tale of adventure and friendship by the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. One little snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it's the tiny snail's big plan that saves the day. This edition features the classic story with a stunning, redesigned cover and beautiful finish, making it a must-have addition to the bookshelves of all Donaldson and Scheffler fans - big and small! Also available with redesigned covers are: The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom, The Smartest Giant in Town, Monkey Puzzle, Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, and A Squash and a Squeeze.

Zog and the Flying Doctors Early Reader

Zog and the Flying Doctors Early Reader

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2019

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are at their sparkling best in this fabulously original sequel to the bestselling ZOG. Meet the Flying Doctors: Princess Pearl, Sir Gadabout and, of course, their trusty 'air ambulance', Zog the dragon, as they fly around the country, tending to a sunburnt mermaid, a distressed unicorn, and even a sneezy lion. This Early Reader edition contains the complete classic story and pictures, in a pocket-book format, and with an extra-clear font and layout, to support children who are gaining confidence in reading.

The Ugly Five (Gift Edition BB)

The Ugly Five (Gift Edition BB)

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 03/10/2019

Who's that singing on the savannah? It's the top-five ugly animals in Africa! The wildebeest, warthog, vulture, hyena and marabou stork swagger proudly across the savannah, rejoicing in their ugliness - and delighting their babies, who think they're perfect just the way they are. Inspired by the real-life Ugly Five safari animals, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's gorgeous picture book is a jubilant celebration of animals who are often rather unloved. The funny, heart-warming rhyme is a joy to read aloud, while bold, comical illustrations bring the savannah spectacularly to life.

The Snail and the Whale Festive Edition

The Snail and the Whale Festive Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

The Snail and the Whale is a delightful tale of adventure and friendship from the bestselling Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. This special festive edition features the classic story with a gorgeous wintry cover design - perfect for sharing together with the whole family. This is the tale of a tiny snail And a great big grey-blue humpback whale . . . When one little snail longs to see the big wide world, she hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together, they set sail on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it's up to the tiny snail to save the day. Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's brilliant story of unlikely friendship and life-changing adventure will be brought to life on BBC One this Christmas, starring Sally Hawkins, Rob Brydon, Cariad Lloyd and Dame Diana Rigg. With a gorgeous wintry cover design, The Snail and the Whale Festive Edition is perfect for reading together.

The Gruffalo's Child 15th Anniversary Edition

The Gruffalo's Child 15th Anniversary Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

This special 15th anniversary edition of the bestselling modern classic The Gruffalo's Child is a must-have for all Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler fans. The Gruffalo's Child 15th Anniversary Edition features a wrap-around snowy wood play scene and press-out characters for an interactive reading experience, plus additional book content including material from author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, The Gruffalo's Child Song and tips for putting on a Gruffalo's Child show! The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should Ever set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo's child disobeys her father's warnings and ventures out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist . . . does he? The Gruffalo's Child is the number one bestselling, much-loved sequel to the worldwide picture book phenomenon that is The Gruffalo. Julia Donaldson's trademark rhyming text and Axel Scheffler's brilliant, characterful illustrations combine once more to ensure that the Gruffalo's Child has followed firmly in her father's footsteps and that her story is one that children will ask for again, and again . . . and again!

The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child Board Book Gift Slipcase

The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child Board Book Gift Slipcase

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 19/09/2019

A special gift for young Gruffalo fans, this beautiful foiled slipcase contains board book editions of the classic stories, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child - perfect for celebrating twenty years of everyone's favourite character. These two bestselling modern classics, from the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, are brought together in a beautiful slipcase edition with foil detailing, making The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child Board Book Slipcase the perfect gift for Gruffalo fans, big and small! In The Gruffalo, wander into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake . . . and a hungry Gruffalo! Then join the brave Gruffalo's child one wild and windy night as she ventures out into the snow on a night-time adventure in The Gruffalo's Child.

The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child Gift Slipcase

The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child Gift Slipcase

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 19/09/2019

A truly stunning gift to treasure, this limited edition set brings together the classic stories The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child in a beautiful foiled case with exquisite cut-out detailing of the deep dark wood. The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child Gift Slipcase includes the two bestselling modern classics as special hardback editions, printed on thick cream paper with new covers and gold and silver foil detailing. This ultimate gift edition of these beloved stories is a must-have for fans of the Gruffalo, big and small, and the perfect way to celebrate twenty years of everyone's favourite character from the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. In The Gruffalo, wander into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake . . . and a hungry Gruffalo! Then join the brave Gruffalo's child one wild and windy night as she ventures out into the snow on a night-time adventure in The Gruffalo's Child.

The Gruffalo's Child Sticker Book

The Gruffalo's Child Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

Join the Gruffalo's Child on a snowy adventure through the deep dark wood with this fun sticker book, packed full of activities, games and over 400 stickers! The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should Ever set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo's child disobeys her father's warnings and ventures out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist . . . does he? Based on the bestselling classic picture book, The Gruffalo's Child, from the unparalleled picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, The Gruffalo's Child Sticker Book is perfect for rainy days, holidays and journeys, or a great gift for birthdays or Christmas!

Room on the Broom Sound Book

Room on the Broom Sound Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

The perfect gift for fans of Room on the Broom! Press the page to make Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's classic tale come alive with 12 magical sounds. Listen to the witch cackle and the cat purr. Hear the tap of the witch's wand and the whoosh of her broomstick in this interactive story sound book. The ideal gift for all fans of Room on the Broom, it is also the perfect introduction to this family favourite and a great way to celebrate Room on the Broom Day this Halloween. The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, hair bow and wand. Luckily, they are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, who are all keen for a ride on the broom. It's a case of the more, the merrier, but the broomstick isn't used to such a heavy load and it's not long before . . . SNAP! It breaks in two! And with a greedy dragon looking for a snack, the witch's animal pals need to think fast. A brilliantly funny story of quick wits and friendship, Room on the Broom is another smash hit from the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.

What the Ladybird Heard Book and Toy Gift Set

What the Ladybird Heard Book and Toy Gift Set

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 05/09/2019

With brilliant rhyming verse, bright distinctive illustrations and a glittery ladybird plush toy, What the Ladybird Heard Book and Toy Gift Set is the perfect gift for Christmas! The ladybird said never a word. But the ladybird saw, And the ladybird heard . . . Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two crafty robbers with a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But little do they know that the tiniest, quietest creature of all has overhead their plot, and she has a plan of her own . . . Enjoy this fantastically funny story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks with this fabulous book and toy gift set. Included is a mini gift hardback edition of the bestselling classic picture book, What the Ladybird Heard, with a gorgeously glittery cover and a ladybird soft toy - perfect to cuddle whilst reading!

The Room on the Broom Party Book

The Room on the Broom Party Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Plan a wonderful, witchy party with The Room on the Broom Party Book, perfect for themed birthday and Halloween parties! Based on the bestselling picture book, Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, The Room on the Broom Party Book is filled with lots of magical games and activities such as a witch's treasure hunt, broomstick games, magic bog slime and more! Also included are invitations and spooky decorations, recipes for tasty party food, and instructions for making your very own witch's cauldron pinata - plus the Room on the Broom Song, jokes and over 200 stickers.

The Smeds and the Smoos

The Smeds and the Smoos

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Soar into space with this glorious love story of alien folk, from the creators of The Gruffalo and Stick Man. The Smeds (who are red) never mix with the Smoos (who are blue). So when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love, their families strongly disapprove. But peace is restored and love conquers all in this happiest of love stories. There's even a gorgeous purple baby to celebrate! With fabulous rhymes and breathtaking illustrations, this book is literally out of this world!

Tales From Acorn Wood Treasury Four Lift-the-Flap Stories

Tales From Acorn Wood Treasury Four Lift-the-Flap Stories

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2019

From Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of the modern classic, The Gruffalo. Join Fox, Pig, Rabbit, Bear and all their animal friends in this beautiful gift edition of the bestselling Tales from Acorn Wood stories. Help Fox to find his missing socks, join Bear as he posts letters to his friends, help tired Rabbit go to sleep and play hide-and-seek with Pig and her friends in this collection of four fun and interactive lift-the-flap stories, publishing together for the first time in this beautiful large format gift edition. With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, the Tales from Acorn Wood Treasury is the perfect gift for toddlers everywhere. Includes all four Acorn Wood adventures: Fox's Socks, Rabbit's Nap, Hide-and-Seek Pig and Postman Bear.

The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes Book and CD Pack

The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes Book and CD Pack

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Book Release Date: 06/08/2019

A glittering magical adventure about a girl, a bear and some very special shoes from the bestselling creators of What the Ladybird Heard and Sugarlump and the Unicorn. This paperback and CD edition features a charming reading of the story by Noma Dumezweni. When Josephine leaves the shoe shop after buying some new running shoes, she hears an unusual sound - Click-click! Click-click! A bear with a backpack is following her! Luckily for Josephine, her new shoes are anything but ordinary - these are magic shoes. But can they help her escape the bear when there's a mountain, a bog and even a lake in her way? The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes is an exciting adventure from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. Full of action and imagination, and with a delightfully unexpected ending, this gorgeously glittery book is one to enjoy over and over again. This paperback and CD edition features an exciting reading of the story by Noma Dumezweni. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

The Singing Mermaid Sticker Book

The Singing Mermaid Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2019

Packed full of sticker scenes, puzzles, games and over 400 stickers, The Singing Mermaid Sticker Book is ideal for mermaid fans and perfect for birthdays, rainy days and school holidays - a great gift for any child. Based on the bestselling picture book by the unstoppable creative team of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, who also created the modern classic What the Ladybird Heard series. Join the Singing Mermaid as she tries to escape from the circus and return to the freedom of her ocean home. The crowds love her voice, but the poor mermaid is kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner, Sam Sly. The mermaid will need the help of all her circus friends to get back home to the sea. . .

Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sticker Book

Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2019

Packed with sticker scenes, puzzles, games and over 400 stickers, Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sticker Book is ideal for unicorn lovers and perfect for birthdays, rainy days and school holidays - a great gift for any child. Based on the bestselling picture book by the unstoppable creative team of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, who also created the modern classic What the Ladybird Heard series. Join a beautiful unicorn with a silver horn and sparkling blue eyes as she grants a rocking horse's wish and turns him into a real horse. But after trotting around the farm, galloping around a racetrack and even dancing at the circus, Sugarlump the rocking horse learns to be careful what he wishes for. Luckily the unicorn has one more wish to grant . . .

Gryffalo, Y

Gryffalo, Y

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2019

What the Ladybird Heard 10th Anniversary Edition

What the Ladybird Heard 10th Anniversary Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2019

Celebrate ten years of farmyard fun with this special anniversary edition of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks' bestselling picture book What the Ladybird Heard And the ladybird said never a word. But the ladybird saw, And the ladybird heard . . . When the ladybird overhears Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len planning to steal the farmer's fine prize cow, it's up to her - the smallest, quietest creature on the farm - to stop the thieves . . . This rhyming farmyard adventure features two bungling robbers, one clever little ladybird - and lots of animal noises! Join in the fun with the What the Ladybird Heard 10th Anniversary Edition. With bright, distinctive artwork and glitter on every page, this special edition of the family-favourite story also features bonus material, including a letter from author Julia Donaldson and never-before-seen pictures from the illustrator Lydia Monks' sketchbook.

The Ugly Five Sticker Book

The Ugly Five Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

Discover the UGLY FIVE with this fantastic new activity book based on the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Packed with over 400 stickers, colouring-in pages, dot-to-dots, puzzles, spot the difference, mazes, simple word searches, there's plenty to keep little hands busy for hours.

Tabby McTat

Tabby McTat

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2019

Tabby McTat was a busker's cat With a miaow that was loud and strong. The two of them sang of this and that, And people threw coins in the old checked hat... Fred, the busker, and his cat, Tabby McTat, are purr-fectly happy, singing together all day long. But when Fred gives chase to a thief, the two are separated. Will they ever find each other again? A heart-warming story of friendship, loyalty - and kittens!

The What the Ladybird Heard Cookbook

The What the Ladybird Heard Cookbook

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/06/2019

The What the Ladybird Heard Cookbook is packed full of sweet treats, healthy snacks and simple meals - all based on the three bestselling What the Ladybird Heard picture books by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. Make your own ladybird pizzas, vegetable patch pies, fine prize cowpat cookies and a showstopping ladybird celebration cake. With twenty-four recipes specially designed for adults to use with children, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and lots of hints and tips on what to do next, The What the Ladybird Heard Cookbook is a great way to introduce children to cooking and baking. Packed full of farmyard-inspired recipes, this cookery book is perfect for picnics, packed lunches and parties!

ZOG in Irish (as Gaeilge)

ZOG in Irish (as Gaeilge)

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2019

The Cook and the King Book and CD Pack

The Cook and the King Book and CD Pack

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Book Release Date: 28/05/2019

A deliciously funny cooking adventure from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, with a brilliant reading of the story by Alexander Armstrong. There once was a very hungry king Who needed a cook like anything . . . . . . but the king is very fussy; he tries all the cooks in the kingdom, but no one is good enough. Then he spots Wobbly Bob. Maybe Bob can whip up his favourite dinner? But how will Bob be able to cook for the king when he's scared of . . . well, everything?! Discover how the hungry king helps Wobbly Bob face his fears on a cooking adventure across the land and sea. The Cook and the King is a brilliantly funny story from the award-winning picture book duo Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, creators of Tyrannosaurus Drip. With fun rhyming verse and richly detailed illustrations, this is sure to become a firm favourite with children and adults alike. This picture book and CD edition features a fantastic reading of the story by Alexander Armstrong. Enjoy more stories from Julia Donaldson and David Roberts: The Troll, Tyrannosaurus Drip, Jack and the Flumflum Tree and The Flying Bath.

Tyrannosaurus Drip Book and CD Pack

Tyrannosaurus Drip Book and CD Pack

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Book Release Date: 28/05/2019

A brilliantly funny story all about celebrating difference, from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts - perfect for young dinosaur fans everywhere! Everyone knows that tyrannosauruses are big and scary, so when a placid duckbill dinosaur's egg ends up in the wrong nest, confusion is sure to ensue! When the baby dinosaur hatches out, he's so out of place that his grisly big sisters call him Tyrannosaurus Drip. Poor little Drip: all he wants is a quiet life munching on water weed . . . Tyrannosaurus Drip is a fantastic rhyming adventure story from Julia Donaldson, bestselling author of The Gruffalo, with wonderfully funny illustrations from award-winning illustrator David Roberts. This roar-tastic book all about celebrating difference is sure to become a firm favourite with young dinosaur fans. This picture book and CD edition features a wonderful reading of the story by Imelda Staunton. Enjoy the other stories by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts: The Troll, Jack and the Flumflum Tree, The Flying Bath and The Cook and the King.

Jack and the Flumflum Tree Book and CD Pack

Jack and the Flumflum Tree Book and CD Pack

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Book Release Date: 28/05/2019

Set sail with Jack for an adventure on the high seas in this wondrous story from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, featuring an audio CD of the story read by David Tennant. Jack's Granny is sick with a bad case of the moozles! And the only cure is the fruit of the flumflum tree which grows on the faraway Isle of Blowyernose. It's a perilous journey, but Jack bravely sets sail with a motley crew of three and a large patchwork sack that Granny has filled with an odd assortment of items from chewing gum to tent pegs. But what use will they be against hungry sharks, a leaky boat and a thieving monkey? Jack and the Flumflum Tree is a fantastic, action-packed rhyming adventure from Julia Donaldson, bestselling author of The Gruffalo, with richly detailed illustrations from award-winning illustrator David Roberts. This paperback and CD edition features a fantastic reading of the story by David Tennant. Enjoy these other stories from Julia Donaldson and David Roberts: Tyrannosaurus Drip, The Troll, The Flying Bath and The Cook and the King.

The Troll Book and CD Pack

The Troll Book and CD Pack

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Book Release Date: 28/05/2019

A laugh-out-loud pirate adventure from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, with a fantastic reading of the story by Alex Jennings. The Troll longs for a juicy goat to eat - but he's stuck with boring old fish for supper. Bother! Meanwhile, Hank Chief and his pirate crew love fish, but without a decent recipe their slimy, soggy dinner is even worse. If only they could find their buried treasure and pay for a ship's cook . . . but it seems they've sailed to the wrong island. Again. Watch the fun unfold as two very different worlds collide in The Troll, a gloriously comic story from Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, the creators of the highly acclaimed Tyrannosaurus Drip. This paperback and CD edition features an exciting reading of the story by Alex Jennings. Enjoy the other stories by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts: Tyrannosaurus Drip, Jack and the Flumflum Tree, The Flying Bath and The Cook and the King.

The Flying Bath Book and CD Pack

The Flying Bath Book and CD Pack

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Book Release Date: 28/05/2019

A fantastic bathtime adventure from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, with an exciting ready of the story by Justin Fletcher. When everyone has left the house in the morning, the bath toys spring into action and head off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath! From giving a muddy piglet a shower to putting out a fire for a frightened baboon, they have water at the ready for any emergency - but they're always home for the children's bathtime at the end of the day. With simple rhyming speech-bubble text from bestselling author Julia Donaldson, The Flying Bath is great to read aloud and perfect for developing reading confidence. This playful and adventurous story is brought to life by the richly detailed, sumptuous artwork of award-winning illustrator David Roberts, completing this irresistible book for young readers. This paperback and CD edition features an audio reading of the story by Justin Fletcher. Enjoy the other stories by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts: The Troll, Jack and the Flumflum Tree, Tyrannosaurus Drip and The Cook and the King.

The Snail and the Whale Seaside Nature Trail

The Snail and the Whale Seaside Nature Trail

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2019

Calling all seaside explorers! Learn all about the natural world of the coast with spotter guides, activities, crafts and fun facts about the seaside and the animals that live there - plus over 200 stickers! Based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's bestselling picture book, The Snail and the Whale, this colourful trail book is a perfect way for even the youngest nature lovers to explore the fascinating world of the seaside. The Snail and the Whale Seaside Trail is a small handy size, perfect for trips to the seaside, with plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained either at the seaside or at home. This exciting trail book encourages children to stop, look, listen and learn about nature at the seaside in a way that's accessible and fun, with activities that link into the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of the curriculum.

The Tabby McTat Sticker Book

The Tabby McTat Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

Celebrate the tenth anniversary of TABBY MCTAT with this fantastic new activity book based on the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Packed with over 400 stickers, colouring-in pages, dot-to-dots, puzzles, spot the difference, mazes, simple word searches, there's plenty to keep little hands busy for hours.

The Rhyming Rabbit

The Rhyming Rabbit

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 04/04/2019

The Rhyming Rabbit loves to make up entertaining poems, inspired by everything he sees, but the other rabbits don't appreciate his talent for rhyme. Sad and lonely, the Rhyming Rabbit sets off one starry night all on his own - will he ever find someone to share his poems with? The Rhyming Rabbit is a clever rhyming adventure from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and a gorgeously glittery cover, this story is a delight to read aloud. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday and The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes.

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday Sticker Book

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2019

Based on the bestselling picture book by unstoppable picture book pairing Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, the What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday Sticker Book is perfect for birthdays, rainy days and school holidays - a great gift for any child. Join the clever little crime-busting ladybird on holiday in the city and help her stop two thieves from stealing the Queen's crown in this fun sticker book, packed with games, activities and over 400 stickers. Featuring monkeys and other zoo animals, lots of dogs, the Queen in her palace - and of course, the quiet, clever little ladybird.

The Princess and the Wizard

The Princess and the Wizard

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 04/04/2019

The princess may try seven times to escape By changing her colour and changing her shape. But each time Princess Eliza changes - into a blue fish, a yellow chick, a red fox or a black cat - the wicked wizard finds her and sets her another horrible task. Will this plucky princess be able to outwit him and escape back to the palace in time to cut her birthday cake? The Princess and the Wizard is a magical adventure from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and a gorgeously glittery cover, this story is perfect for reading together. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday and The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes.

What the Ladybird Heard Next

What the Ladybird Heard Next

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 04/04/2019

Once upon a farm lived a ladybird, And these are the things that she saw and heard... Those crafty robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are out of jail, and they're heading back to the farm with another cunning plan to cause trouble. They've been stealing eggs from the fat red hen, but now they're setting their sights higher and are planning to steal the fat red hen herself! Fortunately the quiet, clever ladybird is on their trail, and she and her farm animal friends have a plan of their own. Join the cow, the goose, the horse, the sheep, the cat, and everyone's favourite ladybird in this fantastically funny farmyard caper from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With slapstick action, animal noises and a mysterious Snuggly Snerd bird, What the Ladybird Heard Next is a story you'll be reading over and over again. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday and The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes.

Sharing a Shell

Sharing a Shell

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 04/04/2019

When Crab finds a new shell, he doesn't want to share it with anyone - especially not a blobby purple anemone and a tickly bristleworm. But life in the rock pool proves tougher than Crab thinks and he soon finds he needs his new housemates. Sharing a Shell is a charming underwater tale of friendship and fun from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With brilliant rhythmic verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and a gorgeously glittery cover, this is a firm favourite with children and parents alike. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess an