Jack and the Flumflum Tree

Jack and the Flumflum Tree

Illustrated by David Roberts

Jack had a granny and his granny had spots,
Great big purple ones, lots and lots.
The doctor came and he shook his head.
“Your granny has the moozles,” the doctor said.

The only cure for Granny’s moozles is the fruit of the flumflum tree which grows on the faraway Isle of Blowyernose. So Jack and his crew set sail, with a large patchwork sack that Granny has filled with an odd assortment of items from chewing-gum to tent pegs. But what use will they be against hungry sharks, a leaky boat and a thieving monkey?

“There are hints of Edward Lear’s verse in this funny, appealing and imaginative picture book. Julia Donaldson’s engaging text is perfectly accompanied by beautiful and quirky illustrations by David Roberts” Booktrust

“The rhythmic refrain . . . had my twin baby boys clapping their hands in merriment, and the gleeful-looking characters help the story deal with courage and altruism in the lightest of ways” Daily Telegraph

Julia says ...

Jack and the Flumflum Tree was one of the stories included in my 2015 Edinburgh Fringe show “Gruffalos, Ladybirds and Other Beasts”.

Jack and the Flumflum Tree at the Edinburgh Fringe

Click here to watch a performance of this story on “Julia Donaldson and Friends” and here to see Malcolm and me singing the song. We’ve also made a more professional version of the song, which you can hear on streaming platforms including Spotify.

Jack and the Flumflum Tree won the 2012 Oldham Schools’ Book Awards.