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The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes

Written by Julia Donaldson

Illustrated by Lydia Monks

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The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes Review

Adventure Stories Books of the Month Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers

September 2018 Book of the Month |  A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ new picture book is a charming adventure full of magic and friendship. When Josephine buys a new pair of running shoes she is told that they are magic. And it is lucky that they are! While Josephine loves the pit-a-pat sound her new shoes make as she hurries down the road from the shop she is very frightened by the Bear with a rucksack who is following her. Helped by her magic talking shoes which very splendidly adapt to any situation including climbing up a mountain and ski-ing down it, squelching through mud and swimming a river, Josephine keeps just ahead. And when the pair finally do meet up, Josephine discovers that she had never had anything to fear after all! Wonderful glittery and embossed illustrations add extra magic to the story.

Julia Eccleshare's Picks for September:

The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure by Philip Reeve 

The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes by Julia Donaldson 

Happy: A Children's Book of Mindfulness by Nicola Edwards

Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots by  Michael Rosen

You've Got a Friend by Judi Curtin

Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., Book 1) by Anna James 

Wish for a Witch by Kaye Umansky

Poems to Live Your Life By by Chris Riddell

Once Upon a Wild Wood by Chris Riddell



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The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes Synopsis

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. 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.

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781447275985
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781447275978
Publication date: 06/09/2018
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781447275978
Publication date: 6th September 2018
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Lydia Monks
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks

About 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 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 ...

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