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Julia Donaldson - Author

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Books by Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo Carousel Book

The Gruffalo Carousel Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

Walk into the deep dark wood with Mouse in this this amazing pop-up carousel book, and discover what happens when he comes face to face with a fox, an owl, a snake . . . and a hungry Gruffalo! Read the much-loved story, then press out the play pieces and join in all the fun with three stunning pop-up play scenes. There are lots of holes to peep through, things to spot and flaps to open, so you can explore the deep dark wood with Mouse. Discover Fox's underground house, Owl's treetop and Snake's logpile - but watch out for the Gruffalo hiding in the trees! The Gruffalo Carousel Book includes a special envelope for safe storage of the 9 play pieces and a ribbon closure. Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's The Gruffalo is an undisputed modern classic and has become a best-selling phenomenon across the world with over 13.5 million copies sold. 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 and will undoubtedly continue to enchant children for years and years to come.

The Snail and the Whale: A Push, Pull and Slide Book

The Snail and the Whale: A Push, Pull and Slide Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 29/10/2020

Push, pull and slide the moving mechanisms in this brilliant board book to meet all your favourite characters from the bestselling picture book The Snail and the Whale - and bring the story to life! What happens when a tiny snail hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale? Push and pull the tabs to see them head off on an amazing journey around the world, help the snail with her big plan to save the whale after disaster strikes and he is beached in a bay, and then slide out the big tab on the last page to watch them both travel safely away - hooray! The Snail and the Whale: A Push, Pull and Slide Book is the perfect introduction to the bestselling picture book The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo, and a great gift for fans of the original story. Also available: Room on the Broom: A Push, Pull and Slide Book

Counting Creatures

Counting Creatures

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

A fun and visually stunning interactive counting book with peep-through pages and fold-out flaps, from the bestselling Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, and award-winning illustrator Sharon King-Chai. With bright and beautiful artwork and a fabulous array of animals and their babies to marvel over, this is a gorgeous book to treasure and read over and over again by the creators of the award-winning Animalphabet. Every page draws you further into the beautifully vibrant animal kingdom with flying bats, frolicking fox cubs and jumping Arctic hares, inviting you to compare the animals to each other, explore their habitats, and learn proper animal baby names for each creature as you count. Also includes a fun spidery search-and-find game. Can you count how many kittens Leopard might have pouncing and playing in the jungle or how many tadpoles are wriggling in the pond ? Sharon King-Chai's colourful illustrations and the cleverly designed shaped pages makes Counting Creatures a rich delight, while Julia Donaldson's signature rhymes are a pleasure to read aloud.

The Hospital Dog

The Hospital Dog

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Written by the brilliant Julia Donaldson and stunningly illustrated by the award-winning Sara Ogilvie, The Hospital Dog is a big-hearted tale about a very special, very brave dog. Here is a dog, a Dalmatian called Dot, Is she quite ordinary? NO, SHE'S NOT! After their breakfast and a swim in the sea, Dot and her owner Rose jump on the bus to the hospital. Dot loves visiting the children of Wallaby Ward and they're always pleased to see her too; from a crying baby to a bored teenager - a pat, a stroke and a cuddle with Dot cheers everyone up. But the work of the hospital dog doesn't stop there and when one of her patients is in trouble, it's up to Dot to save the day! A fantastic rhyming story from the creators of the bestselling picture book, The Detective Dog - winner of the Books Are My Bag Readers' Award.

Spinderella board book

Spinderella board book

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

A fantastic football story, perfect for children learning to count, from Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo. 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 . . . Football, spiders and counting - what's not to love! The perfect picture book for children of all ages - boys and girls alike.

Zog and the Flying Doctors foiled PB

Zog and the Flying Doctors foiled PB

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Meet the Flying Doctors: Princess Pearl, Sir Gadabout and, of course, their trusty 'air ambulance', Zog the dragon, in this fabulously original sequel to the bestselling ZOG. There's much to do, as 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 himself falls ill, and only Pearl knows how to cure him. From the author and illustrator of The Gruffalo, Stick Man and ZOG, which have all been made into animated films shown on BBC1

The Ugly Five (BCD)

The Ugly Five (BCD)

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

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 brand-new 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 book is now available accompanied by an audio CD, performed by award-winning actress, Imelda Staunton. Children can listen to the full story with music, play The Ugly Five Listening Game and sing along to the brand new song, which was written specially for this CD by Julia Donaldson.

My Story Treasury

My Story Treasury

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Cave Baby 10th Anniversary Edition

Cave Baby 10th Anniversary Edition

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2020

A special tenth anniversary edition of this glorious adventure story full of wonder and mischief, from the bestselling author Julia Donaldson and award-winning illustrator Emily Gravett. A hairy mammoth takes a cheeky little baby on a thrilling ride through a moonlit landscape populated by a sabre-toothed tiger, a leaping hare, a laughing hyena and even, just maybe, by a big brown bear . . . But where are they going? And what has it to do with the baby's scribblings on the cave wall? Celebrate ten years of this imaginative story with Cave Baby 10th Anniversary Edition, featuring the original story, plus bonus material.

Tales from Acorn Wood Book and Card Game

Tales from Acorn Wood Book and Card Game

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 17/09/2020

Welcome to Acorn Wood! Come and meet Bear, Pig, Fox, Rabbit and all their friends in this fun book and four-games-in-one card game gift set based on the bestselling preschool series by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Tales from Acorn Wood Book and Card Game is a beautiful gift set which includes a set of 32 cards so you can play four brilliant games! Then read Tales from Acorn Wood: Friends, a first book about friendship that introduces the world of Acorn Wood. Join in the fun with all the friends from Acorn Wood as Fox and Mouse play dress up, Squirrel's friends help with chores, Pig plays hide and seek with Hen, Bear's friends say Happy Birthday and Rabbit's friends sing her to sleep. The large, chunky cards feature all the Acorn Wood characters and can be used to play four fun games including versions of Snap, Go Fish! and Matching Pairs, providing hours of fun for little ones and helping to develop key skills.

Room on the Broom Sticker Book

Room on the Broom Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Packed with games, activities and over four hundred stickers, Room on the Broom Sticker Book is a great gift for any child - ideal for journeys, rainy days and holidays. 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. Join them on their adventures in this fun sticker activity book, based on the bestselling picture book, Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.

Room on the Broom: A Push, Pull and Slide Book

Room on the Broom: A Push, Pull and Slide Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 03/09/2020

Push, pull and slide the magical moving mechanisms in this brilliant board book to meet all your favourite characters from the bestselling picture book Room on the Broom - and bring the story to life! Wiggle the witch's broomstick to make her and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains. Push and pull the tabs to see what happens when they are joined by a dog, a bird and a frog who all want a ride and . . . SNAP! Make the broom break in two. Move the magical scene-changing mechanism to scare away the greedy dragon who's hungry for a snack, and then slide out the big tab on the last page to watch the witch and her friends fly off on their brand new truly magnificent broom - whoosh! Room on the Broom: A Push, Pull and Slide Book is the perfect introduction to the bestselling picture book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo, and a great gift for fans of the original story.

Sugarlump and the Unicorn and The Singing Mermaid Board Book Slipcase

Sugarlump and the Unicorn and The Singing Mermaid Board Book Slipcase

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 03/09/2020

A gorgeous slipcase containing two bestselling favourites from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of the What the Ladybird Heard series - the perfect gift! Join in the unicorn fun in Sugarlump and the Unicorn, a magical adventure about a lonely rocking horse who longs to see the world. Then visit the circus and help the poor mermaid find her way back to the freedom of her ocean home in The Singing Mermaid. These two much-loved favourites are brought together in a beautiful slipcase edition, making Sugarlump and the Unicorn and The Singing Mermaid Board Book Slipcase the perfect gift for young unicorn and mermaid fans!

Tabby McTat

Tabby McTat

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2020

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!

Read with Oxford: Stage 2: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds: The Trunk and The Skunk and Other Stories

Read with Oxford: Stage 2: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds: The Trunk and The Skunk and Other Stories

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2020

With a focus on building phonics skills, this collection includes seven fun stories with colourful illustrations. It is ideal for children who are developing early reading skills. Read about the Trunk and the Skunk, find out why Gran is so cross and discover how Ron Rabbit makes a rocket! Tips for reading together explain the letter patterns that each story focuses on and identify any words children may find tricky, helping you to get the most out of the collection. Former Children's Laureate and author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, has captivated children all over the world with her lively and engaging stories. Songbirds is a phonics programme carefully created by Julia to support children who are learning to read and is used in schools to inspire a love of reading. There are eight Songbirds story collections for you to enjoy. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Find practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress on oxfordowl.co.uk. Let's get them flying!

The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 20/08/2020

Enjoy the adventures of the tiny snail and the great big grey-blue humpback whale with The Snail and the Whale: Book and Toy Gift Set. Including a mini gift hardback of the classic story and a soft plush toy, this is the perfect gift for Christmas! 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 from the unparalleled picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Enjoy the classic story with this wonderful book and toy gift set which includes a mini gift hardback edition of the story and a cuddly whale plush - perfect to cuddle whilst reading!