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Several of my books have been brought out in Big Book editions, which are mainly for use in schools. These are very large format books designed to be useful teaching aids for a whole class. They usually contain activities, songs and suggestions for dramatisations.

cover - A Squash and a SqueezeA Squash and a Squeeze

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Macmillan,
isbn 978-0230013902

“Wise old man, won’t you help me, please?
My house is a squash and a squeeze.”

This Big Book version of my very first book also contains the music for the song of A Squash and a Squeeze, and suggestions for acting out the story in a classroom setting.


cover - The GruffaloThe Gruffalo

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0333901762

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood.

A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.

Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when the quick-thinking mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake and a hungry gruffalo . . .

The Big Book also contains the music for the Gruffalo song, and suggestions for acting out the story.

"a modern classic"  The Observer


cover - The Gruffalo's ChildThe Gruffalo's Child

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0330508995

One dark night the Gruffalo’s Child disobeys her father’s warnings and ventures out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist . . . does he?

The perfect companion to The Gruffalo Big Book; includes bonus activities ideal for classroom use.


cover - Monkey PuzzleMonkey Puzzle

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1405009126

“I’ve lost my mum!”

“Hush, little monkey, don’t you cry,

I’ll help you find her,” said Butterfly.

But somehow Butterfly keeps getting it wrong. Will Monkey ever find his mum?

The Big Book also contains the music of the Monkey Puzzle song, and classroom suggestions for drama and games based on the book.

"The really outstanding new animal picture book for children over two… it will make you all laugh over and over again."  The Independent on Sunday


cover - Room on the BroomRoom on the Broom

Macmillan,
isbn 978-1405021746

How the cat purred and how the witch grinned

As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.

But how many passengers will one broomstick take? And what about the dragon who fancies “witch and chips” for tea?

The Big Book also contains the music of the Room on the Broom song, and suggestions for dramatising the story.

"Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have come up with another gem… we loved it." The Independent


cover - The smartest Giant in TownThe Smartest Giant in Town

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0230013896

George wishes he wasn’t the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-size clothes he decides it’s time for a new look. But on his way home he meets various animals who desperately need his help . . . and his clothes!

The Big Book edition also contains the words and music of George’s song, and suggestions for acting out the story.

"My absolute favourite of this year’s picture books… Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are a combination made in heaven."  The Independent on Sunday.

"Who could resist?"  The Sunday Times


cover - The Snail and the WhaleThe Snail and the Whale

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Macmillan,
isbn 978-0230013889

The sea snail slithered all over the rock
And gazed at the sea and the ships in the dock.
And as she gazed she sniffed and sighed.
“The sea is deep and the world is wide!
How I long to sail”
Said the tiny snail.

The Big Book Version also contains the music for The Snail and the Whale song, and suggestions for producing a class play.


cover - Charlie Cook's Favourite BookCharlie Cook’s Favourite Book

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0330511285 

A book-within-a-book-within-a-book-within-a-book . . . complete with pirates, ghosts, knights and aliens.

Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards and for the Scottish Royal Mail Book Awards.

The Big Book also contains the the music for the song The World inside a Book and suggestions for dramatising the story .


cover - Sharing a ShellSharing a Shell

illustrated by Lydia Monks

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0330511278

Look! A crab, a crab with no shell,

Running along by the sea . . .

Includes the music for Sharing a Shell and ideas for dramatising the story


cover - The Princess and the WizardThe Princess and the Wizard

illustrated by Lydia Monks

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0330531641

By changing her colour and changing her shape

The princess may try seven times to escape.

But each time Princess Eliza changes – into a blue fish, a yellow chick, an orange fox or a black cat – the wicked Wizard finds her and sets her another horrible task. Will this plucky princess be able to outwit him and escape back to the palace in time to cut her birthday cake?

This magical big book edition includes bonus activity ideas for use in the classroom.


cover - The Princess and the WizardWriggle and Roar - Rhymes to join in with

illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Macmillan,
isbn 978-0330531658

Whenever I’m tired of being me

I swing around like a chimpanzee.

Seventeen brightly illustrated rhymes which children can join in, either with noises or actions.

This big book edition includes tips from Julia Donaldson on using the poems with groups of children, plus ideas for follow-up activities.

Shortlisted for the Early Years book award.


"This book will animate, engage and stimulate babies and have nursery classes jumping about with noisy enthusiasm."   The Sunday Times (Book of the Week)

"the perfect way to tire out lively toddlers… It’s timeless, irresistible and will encourage our youngest readers to be book-lovers for ever."  The Bookseller

 


cover The trial of Wilf WolfThe Trial of Wilf Wolf

Longman “Pelican Big Books”, 2002,
isbn 978-0582539938

A funny courtroom drama in Big Book format, with 12 speaking parts, though it can be acted by a whole class.

I devised this with some schoolchildren when I was working as Writer in Residence in the Easterhouse area of Glasgow. The wolf from Little Red Riding Hood has to stand trial for “breaking and eating”.


cover - Clever KatyaClever Katya

Ginn “All Aboard” Traditional Tales, Stage 8, 1999,
isbn 978-0602294229

A retelling of a Russian folk tale about a peasant girl who is a match for the Czar.


cover - The Boy Who Cried Wolf!The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Ginn “New Reading 360”, 1995,
isbn 978-0602289409

A short play based on the Aesop fable, with parts for four beginner readers.


cover - The Three Billy Goats GruffThe Three Billy Goats Gruff

Ginn “New Reading 360”, 1995,
isbn 978-0602289409

A short play play based on the traditional tale, with parts for four beginner readers.


cover - The King's EarsThe King’s Ears

Oxford Literacy Web, 2000,
isbn 978-0199172948

Why will King March never take off his crown? Only Owen, his hairdresser, knows. But will Owen be able to keep the King’s secret? A retelling of a traditional Welsh story.


   
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