My daughter has always loved Julia Donaldson books ever since she first discovered The Gruffalo at the age of about two. Since then, our collection of books has grown and grown, and we have grown to love many of Julia Donaldson’s creations, especially the ones that are so brilliantly illustrated by Axel Scheffler. One of our newest favourites is Zog, an enthusiastic young dragon who is trying to do his best whilst studying at Dragon School.
Like most of Julia Donaldson’s stories, Zog is written entirely in rhyming couplets which provide a lovely flow and rhythm to the story telling.
‘The Snail and the Whale‘ is a particularly endearing picture book for young children written and ilustrated by the fantastic team of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, probably best known for ‘The Gruffalo‘
At the start of the book we meet a little sea snail who is full of wanderlust and longs to travel the world. He is not like all the other sea snails who seem content to stay on their one smooth black rock. So the little sea snail takes matters into his own hands (metaphorically speaking of course!) and uses his slithery trail to write a message on the rock – ‘lift wanted around the world!’.
‘The Gruffalo’s Child‘ is another delightful children’s picture book by the fantastic team of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Although it can be read as a standalone story, I think your child will get more enjoyment out of it if they have read ‘The Gruffalo‘ first.
If you don’t know the story of ‘The Gruffalo’ it is basically about a small mouse who meets a number of creatures in the forest who all want to eat him!
The Gruffalo is a wonderful story, all written in rhyme, which tells the story of a quick thinking mouse who keeps preventing himself from being eaten, by warning his predators of this rather fearsome hungry creature – the gruffalo. Of course, as the mouse says, there is ‘no such thing as a gruffalo!’
The story has a recurring theme as the mouse meets a series of different animals who all tell him that he is good enough to eat. Each time the mouse replies that it’s awfully kind but he is having a feast with the gruffalo! Unsurprisingly no one knows what the gruffalo is like so the mouse starts and continues to build on an amazing description – terrible tusks, terrible teeth and terrible claws, knobbly knees, a poisonous wart on the end of his nose and so on! As you can imagine the gruffalo is sounding pretty scary!
‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ is written by Julia Donaldson who is best known for writing the Gruffalo stories. In this book we meet George who is a giant and is not generally known for being smart – in fact he is the scruffiest giant in town!
He does get a bit fed up of being thought of as scruffy though, so one day he decides to do something about it. He discovers a new shop full of smart clothes so he buys himself a new shirt, trousers, belt, tie, shoes and socks. He is so pleased he dresses in them immediately, leaves his old clothes at the shop and sets off home.