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.
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.
"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.
"Who can you find down on the farm? Based on Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks bestselling picture books What the Ladybird Heard and What the Ladybird Heard Next children will love lifting the large flaps in this bright and cheery board book to find all their favourite characters.
'' 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.
When everyone has left the house in the morning the bath toys spring into action and head off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath! From giving a muddy piglet a shower to putting out a fire for a frightened baboon they have water at the ready for any emergency - but they're always home for the children's bathtime at the end of the day.
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