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Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson was Children’s Laureate from 2011-2013. She was born in 1948 and grew up in London and studied Drama and French at Bristol University.

In 1993, one of her songs was made into a book, A Squash and a Squeeze. Since then she has written over a hundred books and plays for children and teenagers, including the award-winning rhyming stories The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale and Zog, all illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which are among “the UK’s best-selling picture books”.


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Julia Donaldson Books

  • Stick Man

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ASYVH
    Paperback 3 years +
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    From the award-winning team of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom) comes Stick Man, a superb rhyming romp for children aged 3 and over.

    There is a lovely Christmassy theme to this book, although there's no reason why it can't be enjoyed all year round. Stick Man has some wild adventures - including a meeting with Father Christmas.
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  • Zog

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ASYTT
    Paperback 3 years +
    Zog loves to learn but unfortunately he's rather clumsy: he keeps flying into trees and even has a habit of setting his own wings on fire.

    Luckily, there's a mysterious little girl to help him patch up all his bumps and bruises, but will she be able to help him capture a princess? This is a fun and funny story from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the team behind The Gruffalo.
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  • Zog and the Flying Doctors

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: BHBAE
    Paperback 3 years +
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    Zog the dragon returns - and he's now an 'air ambulance' - in Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's high-flying and hilarious sequel.

    They fly around tending a sunburnt mermaid, a distressed unicorn and a sneezy lion. But should princesses really be doctors? Pearl's uncle, the King, doesn't think so - until he falls ill...
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  • The Highway Rat

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ASYTU
    Paperback 3 years +
    The Gruffalo team Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's The Highway Rat is a rollocking and rhyming adventure story.

    The Highway Rat rides along the highway, stealing food from the other animals. But soon he meets his comeuppance in the form of a duck. This picture book is perfect for bedtime reading.
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  • Tiddler

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ASYTZ
    Paperback 3 years +
    Tiddler is a fine picture book from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the team behind Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo.

    The romping, rhyming text is great fun to read aloud and comes with a pantomime refrain that your youngster will love to join in with - and there's an important morale to learn from.
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  • The Zog and the Flying Doctors Sticker Book (PB)

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: CCYYE
    Paperback
    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.
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  • A Squash and a Squeeze

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ASQFF
    Paperback 3 years +
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    "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! The brilliantly funny A Squash and a Squeeze was the first ever picture book written and illustrated by the unparalleled picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. 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 Snail and the Whale, The Smartest Giant in Town, Monkey Puzzle and Charlie Cook's Favourite Book.
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  • The Snail and the Whale

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: AYDSN
    Other 3 years +
    "How I long to sail!" said the tiny snail. 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. 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. 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, Room on the Broom, The Smartest Giant in Town, Monkey Puzzle, Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, and A Squash and a Squeeze.
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  • The Scarecrows' Wedding

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ASYTX
    Paperback 3 years +
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    THE SCARECROWS' WEDDING is the eagerly awaited new picture book from the creators of THE GRUFFALO and STICK MAN. 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.
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  • The Smartest Giant in Town

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ASQFK
    Paperback 3 years +
    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! All children will love The Smartest Giant in Town, a funny and warm-hearted tale from the unparalleled picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. 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 Snail and the Whale, Monkey Puzzle, Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, and A Squash and a Squeeze.
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  • The Singing Mermaid

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: BMKHW
    Paperback Babies
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    Tempted by the promise of fame and fortune, the Singing Mermaid joins a circus. The crowds love her, but the poor mermaid is kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner Sam Sly, and she soon longs to return to the freedom of her ocean home.The Singing Mermaid is a delightful tale 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 glitter on every page, this story is loved by children and parents alike.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.
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  • The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: BWHEZ
    Paperback 3 years +
    Josephine has bought some new running shoes but when she leaves the shop she hears some strange noises and it turns out a bear is following her!

    Luckily, Josephine's shows are magical. Will they help her escape his clutches even though there's a mountain, bog and lake in her way? This is a sparkling story from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.
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  • Tabby McTat

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ASYTY
    Paperback 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's Tabby McTat is the purr-fect picture book...

    Tabby McTat and Fred the busker lead a happy life singing for their suppers until Fred ends up in hospital and Tabby is distracted by his wife and kittens. Will the two friends ever meet up again?
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  • The Snail and the Whale Sticker Book

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: CDAYS
    Paperback
    Packed with games, activities and over 400 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 Snail and the Whale is a brilliant story of unlikely friendship and life-changing adventure, brought to life on BBC One, starring Sally Hawkins, Rob Brydon, Cariad Lloyd and Dame Diana Rigg.
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  • The Ugly Five (Gift Edition BB)

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: CAWYD
    Paperback
    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.
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  • Zog and the Flying Doctors Early Reader

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: CBRFN
    Paperback
    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.
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  • Monkey Puzzle

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: AYENZ
    Other 3 years +
    "I've lost my mum!" It's not too much fun being lost in the jungle, and little monkey wants his mummy. A kindly butterfly is keen to help, but they don't seem to be having much luck as the well-meaning butterfly misunderstands monkey's descriptions and leads him to all sorts of unsuitable animals! But eventually, they find...Dad! It's just as well that he knows exactly where mum is, and she's waiting with a well-deserved cuddle. Monkey Puzzle is a clever, funny and charming tale from the unparalleled picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. 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, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale, The Smartest Giant in Town, Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, and A Squash and a Squeeze.
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  • The Magic Paintbrush

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: AWOJT
    Paperback 3 years +
    With her magic paintbrush, Shen can paint steaming pots full of fish and oysters to feed the hungry people in her village, but when the evil emperor hears of her gift he commands Shen to paint gold for him instead. She is determined to keep her promise to paint only for the poor, but how can she match the emperor's mighty power? In The Magic Paintbrush, Julia Donaldson's brilliant verse combines with beautiful illustrations from Joel Stewart, creator of The Adventures Abney and Teal, to bring vibrant life to a traditional tale of how a little girl's integrity can withstand the corruption of power and greed. This edition features a stunning redesigned cover, making it a must-have addition to the bookshelves of all Donaldson fans - big and small!
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  • One Mole Digging a Hole

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ADADV
    Paperback 3 years +
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    Two children's book heavyweights (and Book People favourites), The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson and super-talented children's illustrator Nick Sharratt, join forces in this brilliant book for children, One Mole Digging a Hole.

    All the animals are busy lending a hand in the garden in this lively numbers book! The parrots are pulling up carrots, the bears are picking pears and a swarm of bees are pruning the trees with their miniature shears. Julia Donaldson's whimsical rhymes and Nick Sharratt's hilarious illustrations make this book a delight to share out loud.

    With plenty to giggle at on every page, counting or gardening has never been so much fun!
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  • What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: BMKRK
    Paperback 3 years +
    Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh are back in this picture book from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks - and this time they WILL steal a monkey!

    However, they haven't counted on a certain crime-busting ladybird visiting the same place as them at exactly the same time...
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  • The Troll

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: BUGDS
    Paperback
    A laugh-out-loud pirate adventure from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts. 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. 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.
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  • Postman Bear

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: CDBSK
    Other
    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, Rabbit's Nap and Hide-and-Seek Pig.
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  • Room on the Broom Sticker Book

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: BGZRQ
    Paperback
    Join the witch and her animal friends in this must-have sticker book based on the bestselling picture book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Packed with games, activities and over four hundred stickers, Room on the Broom Sticker Book is perfect for journeys, rainy days and school holidays - a great gift for any child and a must for Halloween.
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  • ZOG Early Reader

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: ALQSP
    Paperback 4 years +
    Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's bestselling picture book, ZOG, is now available in an appealing read-alone format. Zog is the keenest dragon in school. He's also the most accident-prone, flying into trees and even setting his own wing on fire. Luckily, a mysterious little girl always comes by and patches up his bumps and bruises. But will she be able to help Zog with his toughest test: capturing a princess? 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.
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