The Magic Paintbrush

The Magic Paintbrush

Illustrated by Joel Stewart

I order you to paint a tree
And make it very big.
Instead of leaves, paint golden coins -
A hundred on each twig.”

When the greedy emperor hears about Shen’s magic brush, all he can think about is gold. How can a little village girl stand up to him?

“A beautiful book”  The Observer

“The best recent picture book” The Daily Telegraph

Julia says ...

This was one of the stories included my show “The Gruffalo, the Witch and the Warthog” which we performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 and took to a few other theatres. Here is a picture from that show, of Joanna Hutt acting Shen and Malcolm as the Emperor.

Shen painting the dragon

Click here to watch a performance of this story on “Julia Donaldson and Friends”.