Books Julia Catherine Donaldson, Author from Ireland
Julia Catherine Donaldson MBE (born 16 September 1948) is a British writer, playwright and performer, and the 2011–2013 Children's Laureate. She is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which include The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. She originally wrote songs for children's television but has concentrated on writing books since the words of one of her songs, "A Squash and a Squeeze", were made into a children's book in 1993. Of her 184 published works, 64 are widely available in bookshops. The remaining 120 are intended for school use and include her Songbirds phonic reading scheme, which is part of the Oxford Reading Tree.
Ellen wasnt expecting to find her magical double Princess Mirror-Belle looking out at her from the beautiful mirror in the seaside shop. She was very pleased as she hadnt seen Mirror-Belle for the whole summer but she knew there would be trouble in store.
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 theyre heading back to the farm with another cunning plan to cause trouble. Theyve been stealing eggs from the fat red hen but now theyre 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.
This is a rhyming story of a mouse and a monster. Little mouse goes for a walk in a dangerous forest. To scare off his enemies he invents tales of a fantastical creature called the Gruffalo. So imagine his surprise when he meets a real gruffalo.
The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy night the Gruffalos child ignores her fathers warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all the Big Bad Mouse doesnt really exist - does he?
A Squash and a Squeeze is a rhyming fable that tells of a little old lady who thinks her home is too small. A wise man tells her to take in a succession of animals so that it really is a squash in the house!
A snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on a whales tail. Together they go on an amazing journey past icebergs and volcanoes sharks and penguins and the snail feels very small in the vastness of the world. But when the whale is beached in a bay its the tiny snail who saves the day.
George was very happy being the scruffiest giant in town. But one day when he sees a shop stocking giant-size clothes he decides its time to update his image. With smart clothes George is a new man. However as he goes home he meets various animals who desperately need his help.
Julia Donaldson and Axel Schefflers picture book Superworm (9781407132358 is now available as a chunky board-book. Superworms here! He can fish Spider out of a well and rescue Toad from a busy road. But who will come to Superworms rescue when hes captured by Wizard Lizard? Luckily Superworms insect friends have a cunning plan...
Its tricky to have breakfast when theres a mole in your bowl! Gentle humour abounds as one babys every activity is thwarted by a variety of surprising animals. But who wouldnt be happy to find a ted in their bed?
The witch and her cat fly happily over forests rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witchs 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. Its a case of the more the merrier but the broomstick isnt used to such a heavy load and its not long before - SNAP! It breaks in two! And with a greedy dragon looking for a snack the witchs animal pals better think fast.
There once was a dog with a keen sense of smell. She was known far and wide as Detective Dog Nell. Peters dog Nell has an amazing sense of smell. Whether its finding a lost shoe or discovering who did a poo on the new gravel path her ever-sniffing nose is always hard at work. But Nell has other talents too. Every Monday she goes to school with Peter and listens to children read. So who better to have on hand when they arrive one morning to discover that the schools books have all disappeared! Who could have taken them? And why? Theres only one dog for the job and Detective Dog Nell is ready to sniff out the culprit!
Tabby McTat loves singing along with Fred the busker as people throw coins in their hat. But when Fred has an accident the two are separated. Will they ever find each other again? Our five-year-old gave it the thumbs up and thats about the best endorsement you can get. NEWS OF THE WORLD a pleasure to read out loud FINANCIAL TIMES
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