The Paper Dolls

The Paper Dolls

Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

They were Ticky and Tacky
and Jackie the Backie
And Jim with two noses
And Jo with the bow.

A string of paper dolls go on a fantastical adventure through the house and out into the garden. They soon escape the clutches of the toy dinosaur and the snapping jaws of the oven-glove crocodile, but then a very real pair of scissors threatens…

“A picture book that seems simple but gets richer every time you look at it …… Cobb’s illustrations capture the joy of childhood; between them she and the Children’s Laureate have made a book that works like magic.” The Sunday Times

Julia says ...

Did you know that The Paper Dolls broke a Guinness World Record? Children all over the world were invited to make their own paper dolls, and all of them were then laid out on the floor of the ballroom in the Royal Festival Hall. Here is a picture of the illustrator, Rebecca Cobb, and me standing in the sea of paper dolls.

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