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Julia Donaldson New Children’s Laureate UK

Author of best selling children’s picture books Julia Donaldson has been appointed the new Children’s Laureate. She is taking over from illustrator Anthony Browne for a two year term. 

Some of her most well known books are; The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, The Snail and the Whale and Sharing a Shell.

She is the seventh to hold this position and previous laureate’s include; Quentin Blake, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson.

During her term she isn’t planning on sitting back and relaxing, according to the Guardian UK report she is ‘planning to have quite an active two years. I’m hoping to bring some drama and music to the job. I always act out my own stories with lots of audience participation so I’m planning to do lots more of that. I hope to encourage and inspire children to act stories out’.

The Gruffalo

By: Julia Donaldson

Illustrated By: Axel Scheffler

While a little mouse was taking a little stroll through the woods, he comes face to face with a fox, an owl and a snake. Mouse is clever though and is able to see a trick when it is in front of him so he invents the Gruffalo, a big, scary monster. What happens though when he finds out the Gruffalo is real and also wants to eat him?

This is a charming story about a very smart little mouse. There is enough text to keep the kindy/pre-primary reader interested and the story is simple and entertaining enough for younger readers. The illustrations are detailed and fun, presenting the story in a wonderfully visual way. It is easy to see why this book is a perennial favourite.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Published: 27 August 1999

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Picture Books Fiction General

ISBN 13: 9780333710937

Purchase: here

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