Julia Catherine DonaldsonMBE (born 16 September 1948) is a British writer, playwright and performer, and the 2011–2013 Children's Laureate. She is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which include The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. She originally wrote songs for children's television but has concentrated on writing books since the words of one of her songs, "A Squash and a Squeeze", were made into a children's book in 1993. Of her 184 published works, 64 are widely available in bookshops. The remaining 120 are intended for school use and include her Songbirds phonic reading scheme, which is part of the Oxford Reading Tree.
"Once upon a farm lived a ladybird And these are the things that she saw and heard Those crafty robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are out of jail and theyre heading back to the farm with another cunning plan to cause trouble.
Imagine Ellen's surprise when Princess Mirror-Belle climbs out of the bathroom mirror! She comes from a world where bubble fish swim in the bath elves sleep in slippers and brave knights fight fire-breathing dragons.
'' Everyone knows that tyrannosauruses are big and scary, so when a placid duckbill dinosaur' egg ends up in the wrong nest confusion is sure to ensue! When the baby dinosaur hatches out, he' so out of place that his grisly big sisters call him Tyrannosaurus Drip.
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